Archive for October 2011

Halloween Happenings - 10 Great Ways To Catch Live Music in Chicago This Halloween (Monday, 10/31/11)

Halloween Happenings - 10 Great Ways To Catch Live Music in Chicago This Halloween (Monday, 10/31/11)
Just because the bulk of the celebratory Halloween debauchery generally takes place in Chicago the weekend before Halloween doesn't mean you can't make it a long weekend this year by catching great live music this Monday night.  So put your costume back on and head out to see GWAR, Widespread Panic, or any of the following ten shows this Halloween... ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 10/28 - Sunday 10/30

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 10/28 - Sunday 10/30
This is your guide to the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, the American Mustache Institute celebrates it's love of the male upper lip tickler in Chicago at 'Stache Bash 2011, Paul Oakenfold hits the Congress Theater, Widespread Panic take up residence in the city, and the suburbs step up their game with area performances by Jerry Seinfeld, George Jones, Herbie Hancock and Cyndi Lauper. All of this plus much more... ...

The Bangles Live at House of Blues - 10/10/11 Chicago Concert Review

The Bangles Live at House of Blues - 10/10/11 Chicago Concert Review
After nearly thirty years, and their second album since reuniting in 1998, the Bangles arrived at House of Blues Monday in support of Sweetheart of the Sun proving there's more to their live show than simply mere nostalgia.  ...
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Matthew Sweet Live at Bottom Lounge - A "Girlfriend" Concert Review 10/13/11 (with Miles Zuniga)

Matthew Sweet Live at Bottom Lounge - A "Girlfriend" Concert Review 10/13/11 (with Miles Zuniga)
While it may be hard for some to believe, October 22, 2011 will mark the twentieth anniversary of Matthew Sweet's breakthrough album Girlfriend.  Following the recent trend of nostalgic nineties reissues, Sweet arrived in Chicago for two shows at Bottom Lounge to celebrate the anniversary with live performances of the Girlfriend album in its entirety...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 10/14 - Sunday 10/16

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 10/14 - Sunday 10/16
This is your guide to the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs... This weekend, The Beach Boys bore Naperville, the "Smashing Pumpkins" rock the Riv, and Ziggy Marley hits up Wrigleyville.  All of this and much more...

Roger Daltrey performs The Who's "Tommy" Live at The Venue (Horseshoe Chicago) 10/7/11 Concert Review (with opener Paul Freeman)

Roger Daltrey performs The Who's "Tommy" Live at The Venue (Horseshoe Chicago) 10/7/11 Concert Review (with opener Paul Freeman)
When I saw The Who in August 2003, I couldn't believe how good Roger Daltrey sounded. Eight years later, at 67, I wasn't sure what to expect as Daltrey arrived in Hammond to perform The Who's Tommy in its entirety (without Pete Townshend). Here's a man, from one of the biggest bands of all time, who once famously sang "I hope I die before I get old"... at 67 years of age... performing at a casino... near Gary, Indiana.  And there were a lot of empty seats. But Daltrey immediately put all of my fears to rest as he took the stage Friday night treating a two thirds full casino venue as if it was Wembley Stadium. ...
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Interview With Matthew Sweet (A Concert Preview: Thursday 10/13 and Friday 10/14 at Bottom Lounge)

Interview With Matthew Sweet (A Concert Preview: Thursday 10/13 and Friday 10/14 at Bottom Lounge)
It's hard to believe but it has been just about twenty years since the release of Girlfriend on October 22, 1991.  In town for two shows at the Bottom Lounge, Matthew Sweet spoke to me on the phone about not only the anniversary of Girlfriend but also the September release of his latest album Modern Art, his recent work with The Bangles and SNL's Fred Armisen and what fans should expect during this week's shows in Chicago (which are set to feature a full performance of the Girlfriend album)...

"Ignite The Spirit" Octoberfest - Saturday, October 8th (A CFD benefit for the Illinois Patriot Education Fund)

"Ignite The Spirit" Octoberfest - Saturday, October 8th (A CFD benefit for the Illinois Patriot Education Fund)
As I sat here this morning at work, watching the clock every few minutes, ready to go out and enjoy what will certainly be the last eighty degree temperatures that  we will be seeing in Chicago for quite some time, I couldn't help but wish I had one more outdoor music festival to hit this weekend...  Well, it turns out there IS one more chance to enjoy some great outdoor music this weekend... as well as the chance to help a great cause while doing so.  On Saturday, the Chicago Fire Department is hosting its first annual "Ignite The Spirit" Octoberfest to benefit the Illinois Patriot Education Fund...

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 10/7 - Sunday 10/9

Weekend Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 10/7 - Sunday 10/9
This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Bryan Adams lulls Chicagoans to sleep at the Chicago Theatre, the nation's premier punk rock festival Riot Fest wakes them up (Weezer, Danzig and more)... while Roger Daltrey, Michael McDonald and Rosanne Cash swing through the suburbs.  All of this and much more...
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Interview with Helmet’s Page Hamilton (Part 1 of 2) – A Riot Fest Concert Preview (Friday, 10/5/11 at Double Door)

Interview with Helmet’s Page Hamilton (Part 1 of 2) – A Riot Fest Concert Preview (Friday, 10/5/11 at Double Door)
It's that time of year again... Chicago's premier punk rock festival is set to take place this weekend as Riot Fest kicks off Wednesday night with performances from nearly forty acts at various venues across the city over a span of five days. Helmet singer, guitarist and founder Page Hamilton joined me on the phone on Tuesday in advance of the band's Friday night headlining slot at Double Door...
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