Archive for March 2012

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/23/12 - Sunday 3/25/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight:  City and Suburban Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/23/12 - Sunday 3/25/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, B.B. King rolls into House of Blues for two shows, Irish rockers The Saw Doctors arrive at the Vic, and Mike Doughty covers the burbs with shows in both Evanston and Rosemont.  All of this plus much more...

All For You: An Interview With Sister Hazel's Ken Block (Concert Preview: Sister Hazel Live at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Saturday, 3/24/12)

All For You:  An Interview With Sister Hazel's Ken Block (Concert Preview: Sister Hazel Live at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Saturday, 3/24/12)
Headed to town for a show this Saturday at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, I chatted with Sister Hazel frontman Ken Block earlier today about the band's rabid Chicago fanbase, its considerable charitable efforts as well as work on the band's first new studio album since 2010.  ...

The Book of Drugs: An Interview With Mike Doughty (A Montrose Room Concert Preview - Friday, 3/23/12 in Rosemont)

The Book of Drugs:  An Interview With Mike Doughty (A Montrose Room Concert Preview - Friday, 3/23/12 in Rosemont)
In town this week for shows Thursday in Evanston at SPACE and Friday in Rosemont at The Montrose Room, I spoke over the phone recently with Mike Doughty about his new book The Book of Drugs, new album Yes and Also Yes as well as his thoughts on his time as the frontman of Soul Coughing and a variety of subjects that ranged anywhere from the state of the record industry to Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx...
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Concert Review: Fiona Apple Live in Chicago - Sunday, 3/18/12 at Lincoln Hall (With Setlist)

Concert Review: Fiona Apple Live in Chicago - Sunday, 3/18/12 at Lincoln Hall (With Setlist)
Getting ready for the supposed June release of her fourth studio album (The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do), Fiona Apple proved Sunday (in the first of two sold out shows at Lincoln Hall) that absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. ...

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day Edition! Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/16/12 - Sunday 3/18/12

Chicago Weekend Music Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day Edition!  Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/16/12 - Sunday 3/18/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the green beer will be flowing with a bunch of live music to catch on St. Patrick's Day as artists like Gaelic Storm, The Tossers, Flatfoot 56 and Ike Reilly perform throughout Chicago.  Elsewhere, Levon Helm arrives in Lincoln Square for a benefit, a rare pair of appearances in the city from Fiona Apple, and even William Shatner gets in on the fun.  Things continue on Monday with The Black Keys so there's really no reason not to make it a long weekend... ...

The Rock n' Roll Roadtrip I: A Kansas Concert Review. Saturday, 3/10/12 at Blue Chip Casino (With Setlist)

The Rock n' Roll Roadtrip I:  A Kansas Concert Review. Saturday, 3/10/12 at Blue Chip Casino (With Setlist)
There's nothing better than a rock n' roll roadtrip.  It was with that in mind that I hit I-94 Saturday bound for beer, gambling and a little prog rock in Michigan City...
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Concert Review: Local H Live At The Montrose Room, Friday 3/9/12 in Rosemont

Concert Review: Local H Live At The Montrose Room, Friday 3/9/12 in Rosemont
Friday night in Rosemont, Local H celebrated the recent release of their new DVD There Went the Zoo:  Live at the Vic Theatre 5/4/02 and previewed material from their forthcoming seventh studio album Hallelujah!  I'm a Bum with about an eighty minute set spanning just about every corner of their substantial catalog.  ...

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 3/9/12

Friday "On Shuffle" - Random Musings On The Rock Week That Was: 3/9/12
This week, random thoughts on the new Springsteen album, 311 Day, the 2012 Green Music Fest, South By Southwest, a Radiohead Chicago concert announcement and the death of Ronnie Montrose... ...

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/9 - Sunday 3/11

Weekend Music Spotlight - Live Music Highlights, Friday 3/9 - Sunday 3/11
This is your guide to catching the best live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, a ridiculous amount of great shows hit Chicagoland as Gomez rocks The Vic, local artists like Company of Thieves and Local H play throughout the area and Alabama Shakes brings a bit of soul to both Reggie's and Lincoln Hall.  All of this plus much, much more... ...
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SXSW Send Off Party - A South By Southwest Chicago Concert Preview (Saturday, 3/10 at The Hideout)

SXSW Send Off Party - A South By Southwest Chicago Concert Preview (Saturday, 3/10 at The Hideout)
It's that time of year again.  South By Southwest 2012 takes place in Austin, Texas starting on March 13th... And while odds are you won't be in attendance for Bruce Springsteen's keynote address at noon on March 15th, you don't have to head south to catch some of the great bands that will be performing.  Paper Thick Walls, Redgrave, the Waco Brothers, Kids These Days and more will be performing all day this Saturday right here in Chicago starting at 1:30PM at The Hideout.  ...
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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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