Archive for September 2012

Concert Review: "Official Purple After Jam" - Prince & The NPG with Special Guests Andy Allo, Maceo Parker and Janelle Monáe (Wednesday, 9/26/12 at House of Blues - "Welcome 2 Chicago" Residency Finale)

Concert Review: "Official Purple After Jam" - Prince & The NPG with Special Guests Andy Allo, Maceo Parker and Janelle Monáe (Wednesday, 9/26/12 at House of Blues - "Welcome 2 Chicago" Residency Finale)
Wednesday night became Thursday morning as Prince took the stage at House of Blues joined by the New Power Generation and Andy Allo... as well as unannounced guests Maceo Parker and Janelle Monáe capping the third installment of the “Official Purple After Jam” and closing out The Artist’s six concert, “Welcome 2 Chicago” residency…...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 9/28/12 - Sunday, 9/30/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 9/28/12 - Sunday, 9/30/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend is a guitar slingers galore as both Slash and Steve Vai head to town.  Plus, area appearances by The Avett Brothers, Zak Brown Band, Joe Jackson ?uestlove and Mission of Burma.  All of this plus much more......

Concert Review: Prince - Welcome 2 Chicago - Night 1 of 3, Live at United Center - A Frustrating Evening of Entertainment and Antagonism (Monday, 9/24/12 at United Center)

Concert Review: Prince - Welcome 2 Chicago - Night 1 of 3, Live at United Center - A Frustrating Evening of Entertainment and Antagonism (Monday, 9/24/12 at United Center)
Prince covered ample musical ground Monday night at United Center aiming for more than your average concert experience on the first of his three night, "Welcome 2 Chicago" residency... But ultimately fell short of that goal due to a frustrating finish that proved to be only the beginning of an antagonistic evening and early morning The Artist had in store for his fans...
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Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 9/24/12 - Thursday, 9/27/12

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 9/24/12 - Thursday, 9/27/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  September ends with a busy week at United Center as Prince kicks off his three night, "Welcome 2 Chicago" residency plus a full performance of the So album by Peter Gabriel... Not to mention area appearances by Ani DiFranco, Ed Sheeran, Blondie and Devo, Ben Harper and Anthrax.  All of this plus much more......

Interview: A Q&A With Tom Conrad and Max Steger of Empires (A Lincoln Hall Concert Preview - Friday, 9/21/12 in Chicago)

Interview:  A Q&A With Tom Conrad and Max Steger of Empires (A Lincoln Hall Concert Preview - Friday, 9/21/12 in Chicago)
Before storms forced a temporary evacuation of Grant Park on the second day of Lollapalooza 2012 (ultiamtely postponing the much anticipated set of Chicago's own Empires until the next day), I sat down with guitarists Tom Conrad and Max Steger to chat about returning home to play one of America's most influential rock festivals, Empires' excellent sophomore album Garage Hymns as well as performing Friday night at Lincoln Hall...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 9/21/12 - Sunday, 9/23/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 9/21/12 - Sunday, 9/23/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Bobby Womack, Conor Oberst, Van Dyke Parks and more at the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival.  Plus, Everest's 2012 Chicago residency continues with yet another FREE show.  Not to mention area appearances from Silversun Pickups, John Digweed, Matthew Sweet, Kendrick Lamar and Kansas.  All of this plus much more......
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An Interview with Scott Lucas of Local H: A Hallelujah! I'm a Bum Album Preview

An Interview with Scott Lucas of Local H: A Hallelujah! I'm a Bum Album Preview
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 saw the release of Local H's seventh studio album Hallelujah! Im a Bum.  I chatted last week over the phone with frontman Scott Lucas abut the new album and the way Chicago is used as a backdrop for it as well as the band's foray into politically charged fare only months before the upcoming 2012 election this November...

Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago, Day 3 - Live in Humboldt Park (Sunday, 9/16/12)

Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago, Day 3 - Live in Humboldt Park (Sunday, 9/16/12)
A packed day in Humboldt Park saw Sunday performances from the Jesus and Mary Chain, Alkaline Trio, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop and more as Riot Fest 2012 came to a close...

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 9/17/12 - Thursday, 9/20/12

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 9/17/12 - Thursday, 9/20/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  A packed schedule this week with multi-night stands from Madonna, Joan Osborne, Richard Thompson, Matthew Sweet, John Mayall and the Lumineers... plus Everest continues their Chicago residency with a FREE show on Thursday... Not to mention area appearances by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Willie Nelson and GZA.  All of this plus much more......
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Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago, Day 2 - Live in Humboldt Park (Saturday, 9/15/12)

Concert Review: Riot Fest Chicago, Day 2 - Live in Humboldt Park (Saturday, 9/15/12)
Saturday in Humboldt Park marked the first day of the eighth year of Riot Fest, the first of which to take place as an outdoor festival.  The Descendents, Rise Against, GWAR and more all performed across four stages Saturday afternoon...
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