Archive for March 2013

Local H Concert Preview - An Interview With Scott Lucas (Saturday, March 30 at The Montrose Room in Rosemont)

Local H Concert Preview - An Interview With Scott Lucas (Saturday, March 30 at The Montrose Room in Rosemont)
Following a string of rare concert cancelations (the result of an incident that took place following a February concert in Moscow), Local H returns to the stage this Saturday in Rosemont at The Montrose Room.  Temporarily left unable to sing after being choked out and mugged, Local H frontman Scott Lucas checked in this week via email to discuss the perils of finding yourself the unwitting victim of random crime in Russia...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, March 29 - Sunday, March 31
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Erykah Badu hits House of Blues for two shows, each featuring a different full album performance.  Plus area appearances by Local H, Glen Phillips, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Big Head Todd, Maxi Priest and Michael McDermott.  All of this plus much more...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Big Daddy Kane rolls into the South Loop.  Plus area appearances by Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, The Ataris, Low, The Saw Doctors, Alejandro Escovedo, WAR, G. Love & Special Sauce, KMFDM, Frightened Rabbit, Paul Van Dyck, Sister Hazel, the English Beat and Aaron Carter.  All of this plus much more...
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Scott Weiland Concert Review - March 19 at House of Blues

Scott Weiland Concert Review - March 19 at House of Blues
Fresh off a recent "firing" by his bandmates as lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland arrived Tuesday night in Chicago with his new backing band The Wildabouts as part of the "Purple at the Core Tour" for an evening of odd antics at House of Blues...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight - St. Patrick's Day Weekend! - City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Saturday, 3.16.13 - Sunday, 3.17.13

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight - St. Patrick's Day Weekend! - City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Saturday, 3.16.13 - Sunday, 3.17.13
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend offers plenty of options for St. Patrick's Day revellers as Irish and Irish influenced artists like the Drovers, The Tossers, Gaelic Storm, Ash and more all gig throughout the city.  Plus area appearances by STS9, They Might Be Giants and Yes.  All of this plus much more...

Sláinte - A 20th Anniversary Toast to The Tossers (An Interview With Tony Duggins)

Sláinte - A 20th Anniversary Toast to The Tossers (An Interview With Tony Duggins)
The Tossers have a lot to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day.  I spoke over the phone earlier this week with frontman Tony Duggins about the band's twentieth anniversary, the recent release of their new album The Emerald City and their annual St. Patrick's Day show Saturday at Metro... ...
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A-Z: An Interview With Rick McMurray of Ash

A-Z:  An Interview With Rick McMurray of Ash
Currently in Texas for South By Southwest, drummer Rick McMurray of Ash checked in this week via email in advance of the Northern Ireland trio's St. Patrick's Day show this Sunday at Lincoln Hall for a chat about the U.S. release of the band's ambitious A-Z Series project...

Ski Lodge Concert Review - With The Pear Traps, March 10 at Empty Bottle

Ski Lodge Concert Review - With The Pear Traps, March 10 at Empty Bottle
Headed to Texas for South By Southwest, indie-rock quartet Ski Lodge swung through Chicago and played alongside local trio The Pear Traps during an early set Sunday night at Empty Bottle...

Simpleton & Cityfolk Concert Review - With Deanna Devore, March 8 at Metro

Simpleton & Cityfolk Concert Review - With Deanna Devore, March 8 at Metro
Friday night at Metro, Simpleton & Cityfolk headlined a bill that included Deanna Devore and several other local artists...
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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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