Archive for September 2011

Jane's Addiction at Metro, 9/25 Chicago Concert Review

Jane's Addiction at Metro, 9/25 Chicago Concert Review
Rock is at its best when it's unpredictable.  And in that regard, Jane's Addiction's sold out set Sunday at Metro (the second of a two night stand) may just be the most "rock 'n' roll" show that I've seen all year. ...

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/30 - Sunday 10/2

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/30 - Sunday 10/2
This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the mothership descends upon "The Region" (with George Clinton and Cameo aboard!), punk and alternative icon Bob Mould arrives for a pair of shows and Fleet Foxes make a triumphant return to the city for two full sets following their July headlining slot at Pitchfork.  All of this and much more... ...

The Hideout Block Party, 9/24/11, Chicago Concert Review

The Hideout Block Party, 9/24/11, Chicago Concert Review
Kids These Days, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird and more performed as The Hideout Block Party returned from a two year hiatus to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary... ...
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Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, 9/23 - 9/25

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, 9/23 - 9/25
This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the 80's and 90's invade! Psychedelic Furs, O.M.D., They Might Be Giants, Jane's Addiction and more perform around town while The Hideout Block Party returns bringing music royalty like Mavis Staples and Booker T. to the near northwest side.  All of this and much more...  ...

Two Minutes With The GEICO Caveman...

Two Minutes With The GEICO Caveman...
Leaving the Darius Rucker pre race concert at the GEICO 400 Sprint Cup race on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, I ran into about the last person I was expecting to see on this planet:  The GEICO Caveman (it turns out the caveman was the Grand Marshal of the race.  Of course he was.  Why wouldn't he be?).  So, I did what any responsible music journalist would do:  ambushed him with an interview request even though he has absolutely nothing to do with the music I supposedly cover.  What follows below is the transcript to the impromptu two minute interview that I conducted with The GEICO Caveman about his thoughts on the city of Chicago, NASCAR racing and of course saving money with his archnemesis GEICO. ...

Interview with Darius Rucker

Interview with Darius Rucker
In town to perform on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet (part of the Geico 400 NASCAR pre-race festivities), Darius Rucker sat down with me backstage following his set for a conversation about Chicago, the Bears, country music and his first tour as a headlining act since his days with Hootie & the Blowfish. ...
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Freelance Whales Live at Empty Bottle - 9/17/11 Chicago "Concert Confidential" Live Review

Freelance Whales Live at Empty Bottle - 9/17/11 Chicago "Concert Confidential" Live Review
On Saturday, Freelance Whales performed in Chicago as part of Eventbrite's "Concert Confidential:  5 Cities. 5 Causes. 1 Night."  concert series with a free hour long set at Empty Bottle... and from the opening notes of "Generator First Floor" it was clear that this evening was going to be a celebration of music. ...

Wade Bowen Live at Joe's, 9/16/11 Chicago Concert Review

Wade Bowen Live at Joe's, 9/16/11 Chicago Concert Review
Waco, Texas born singer-songwriter Wade Bowen rocked a beer fueled Joe's crowd for ninety minutes on Friday night...

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/16 - Sunday 9/18

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 9/16 - Sunday 9/18
This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend metal royalty descends upon Libertyville with Down, synth-pop masters Erasure stop at the Congress Theater and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Lindsey Buckingham takes a break from Fleetwood Mac for a show at The Vic.  All of this and much more...
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Freelance Whales To Perform Free Charity Show in Chicago

Freelance Whales To Perform Free Charity Show in Chicago
Freelance Whales join The Hold Steady, Wavves, Jackie Greene and Green River Ordinance as part of Eventbrite's Concert Confidential:  5 Cities.  5 Causes.  1 Night. ...
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    Jim Ryan has written about music in print and online for a variety of Chicagoland publications for over fifteen years. In addition to duties filling in as Traffic Anchor on CLTV or in the helicopter on NBC 5, you can also catch him Sunday nights at 6PM central as host of "The Rock N' Roll Radio Program" on AM 1420 WIMS and AM 1060 WHFB (streaming at wimsradio.com and via the TuneIn Radio app for the smart phone or tablet). Jim has also worked locally for WXRT-FM, lives within walking distance of the Metro and is an avid White Sox and Blackhawks fan whose first live concert experience came at Comiskey Park in 1984 during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour.

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