Concert Review: Riot Fest 2014 (Saturday, September 13 - Paul Weller, Metric, The Flaming Lips, The National, Samhain, Wu-Tang Clan and more)

Concert Review: Riot Fest 2014 (Saturday, September 13 - Paul Weller, Metric, The Flaming Lips, The National, Samhain, Wu-Tang Clan and more)
The sun returned to Humboldt Park Saturday afternoon but muddy conditions continued during sets by Face to Face, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Paul Weller, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Wu-Tang Clan, Metric, The Flaming Lips, The National, Samhain and more on day two at Riot Fest Chicago 2014... ...

Concert Review: Riot Fest 2014 (Friday, September 12 - Pussy Riot, Jane's Addiction, Mastodon, Slayer, The Offspring and more)

Concert Review: Riot Fest 2014 (Friday, September 12 - Pussy Riot, Jane's Addiction, Mastodon, Slayer, The Offspring and more)
Riot Fest 2014 kicked off amidst mud Friday afternoon in Humboldt Park highlighted by a fascinating panel discussion moderated by Henry Rollins and featuring Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot as well as performances by Slayer, Mastodon, The Offspring, Jane's Addiction and more... ...

Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)

Q&A Interview with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club (A Metro Concert Preview - Saturday, September 13, 2014)
Getting ready to celebrate the recent release of their new EP, Veva, Hold On, Saturday night at Metro, I spoke with Bill Giricz of The Bishop's Daredevil Stunt Club about the power pop sounds on the local quintet's latest project... ...
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Q&A Interview With John Doe of X (City Winery Concert Preview: Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 5)

Q&A Interview With John Doe of X (City Winery Concert Preview: Tuesday, September 2 through Friday, September 5)
In town this week for four shows at City Winery featuring the original lineup of L.A. punk band X, I spoke with actor/musician John Doe about the lasting influence of his band as well as the inception of punk music and whether we're capable, as a society, of having the type of collective reaction that punk music was born out of in the seventies... ...

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Sunday, August 30, 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Griz, Zeds Dead and more)

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Sunday, August 30, 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Griz, Zeds Dead and more)
The fifth annual North Coast Music Festival closed out its three days of EDM and hip-hop madness on Sunday with a strong lineup of DJs and Snoop Dogg as a headliner... ...

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)
Saturday marked the opening of Labor Day weekend with performances by Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more on the second day of the popular fifth-annual hip-hop and electronic dance festival known as North Coast Music Festival... ...
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Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
In part two of my interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, we delve into the ongoing series of Smashing Pumpkins album reissues and discuss the future of rock and roll in the social media era.  Billy Corgan performs a rare solo set Saturday night at Ravinia... ...

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
Gearing up for a show Saturday night in Highland Park, I spoke with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan about what it's like to look back on his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan and more over the course of the last twenty-five years as he prepares for a rare solo performance at Ravinia... ...

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Outkast, Jenny Lewis, Vic Mensa, Spoon, Nas, Foster the People and more)

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Outkast, Jenny Lewis, Vic Mensa, Spoon, Nas, Foster the People and more)
Day two of Lollapalooza 2014 featured outstanding sets from artists like Jenny Lewis, Nas, Spoon and Foster the People as well as one of the year's most anticipated reunions in Outkast... ...
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Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Friday, August 1, 2014 - Lorde, Interpol, Lucius and more)

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Friday, August 1, 2014 - Lorde, Interpol, Lucius and more)
Friday afternoon in Grant Park, the first of nearly 100 bands got started as Lollapalooza 2014 kicked off with performances by Roadkill Ghost Choir, Lucius, AFI, Courtney Barnett, Temples, Johnnyswim, Portugal. The Man, Iggy Azalea and a transcendent set by Lorde... ...
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