Archive for December 2011

The Worst Chicago Concerts of 2011

The Worst Chicago Concerts of 2011
I try to stay away from dwelling on the negative in this space.  There are already plenty of places on the internet where one can go to find bitter, vitriolic music writing.  That said, while I saw an amazing amount of great live music in 2011... there were a few duds.  So from Chuck Berry to Charlie Sheen, here are the concerts that made me cringe in 2011... ...

The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011

The Best Chicago Concerts of 2011
I truly believe it when I say that Chicago is one of the greatest live music cities in the country.  Memphis?  Nashville?  Austin?  New Orleans?  All great... But I'd put Chicago right there with any of them.  As Chicagoans, we truly are lucky to have the opportunity to see so much great live music night in and night out at scores of oustanding and unique venues.  From Paul McCartney to Ben Harper (and everywhere in between), here are the concerts that moved me in 2011 and made me consistenly remember why live music is my favorite thing in the world.  ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - NEW YEAR'S EVE! - The 30 Best Ways To Ring In 2012 With Live Music In Chicago

Weekend Music Spotlight - NEW YEAR'S EVE! - The 30 Best Ways To Ring In 2012 With Live Music In Chicago
This is your guide to catching the best live music throughout both Chicago and the suburbs this New Year's Eve.  Ring in 2012 with Alkaline Trio, Big Head Todd, or Cage the Elephant in the city or check out the Old 97's, Freddy Jones Band, Lil Jon and more across the Chicagoland area.  Here are thirty ways for you to see live music on 12/31/11 in Chicago... ...
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Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 12/16 to Sunday 12/18

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 12/16 to Sunday 12/18
This is your guide to catching the best live music throughout both the city and suburbs.  This weekend, Wilco caps off it's impressive Chicago residency, Morrissey makes good in Bucktown, and the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart lands at Lincoln Hall.   All of this plus much more...

Wilco - 2011 Chicago Residency: Night 3 Concert Review - 12/15/11 at the Vic Theatre with Jon Langford & Skull Orchard

Wilco - 2011 Chicago Residency: Night 3 Concert Review - 12/15/11 at the Vic Theatre with Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
What began on Monday as a far more serious affair fitting of its surroundings inside the Civic Opera House took a far more laid back approach Thursday night at the Vic. Following Monday night's show at the Civic Opera House, I mentioned that Wilco hadn't played anything off of the A Ghost is Born or Mermaid Avenue albums... Thursday night, Wilco took care of all of that and more as what the band has continually referred to as their "Incredible Shrinking Tour" rolled into the Vic Theatre for the third of a sold out, five night, Chicago residency...

Wilco - 2011 Chicago Residency: Night 1 Concert Review - 12/12/11 at the Civic Opera House with Nick Lowe

Wilco - 2011 Chicago Residency: Night 1 Concert Review - 12/12/11 at the Civic Opera House with Nick Lowe
Monday night at the Civic Opera House, Wilco kicked off their sold out, five night run of December shows in Chicago in a grand fashion fitting of the venue with a little help from friends like Nick Lowe and Mavis Staples... ...
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Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 12/9 - Sunday 12/11

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 12/9 - Sunday 12/11
This is your guide to catching the best live music throughout both the city and suburbs... This weekend, Alice Cooper screams at northwest Indiana, Bret Michaels gives Lincolnshire something to believe in, Grammy faves Bon Iver arrive on the west side, and Tori Amos hits the Chicago Theatre... All of this plus much more...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 12/2 - Sunday 12/4

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights Friday 12/2 - Sunday 12/4
This is your guide to catching the best live music throughout both the city and suburbs… This week catch Jerry Lee Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Brian Setzer and more… In The City… Poi Dog Pondering (9PM Friday 12/2 and Saturday 12/3 at Metro. Each show $26, 18+) – A cool series of shows dubbed “A Tale of... Read more »
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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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