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Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, The Rolling Stones continue their overpriced United Center residency... The street fest season kicks off with Disappears at Do Division... Plus area appearances by the incomparable Herb Alpert, Alkaline Trio, Lady Antebellum, Dispatch, Guster, Calexico and Huey Lewis.  All of this plus much more... ...

An Interview With Nino Cooper - A Dirty River Boys Concert Preview (Friday, May 31 at Joe's Bar)

An Interview With Nino Cooper - A Dirty River Boys Concert Preview (Friday, May 31 at Joe's Bar)
Headed to town this Friday, I chatted via email earlier this week with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Nino Cooper about the art of performing live, breaking out of the West Texas music scene and a tour that brings his band The Dirty River Boys to Joe's Bar as the opening act for Reckless Kelly...

An Interview With Jay Buchanan - A Rival Sons Concert Preview (Thursday, May 30 at Reggie's)

An Interview With Jay Buchanan - A Rival Sons Concert Preview (Thursday, May 30 at Reggie's)
Headed back to town for a show Thursday night at Reggie's, I checked in this week via email with Rival Sons vocalist Jay Buchanan for a candid look at the state of rock music, life on the road and the... intoxicating evening the blues rockers have in store for Chicago Thursday night...
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Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Sixto Rodriguez arrives at the Arie Crown Theater fresh off the success of the film Searching For Sugar Man and Jason Newsted's latest project makes its Chicago debut.  Plus area appearances by 10,000 Maniacs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Of Montreal, Foals, Surfer Blood, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Queensrÿche, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Coco Montoya.  All of this plus much more... ...

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Sunday, May 5 Concert Review

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Sunday, May 5 Concert Review
Rain continued to fall and despite obvious attempts by organizers at cleaning up/drying festival grounds, Sunday made for the sloppiest day yet as artists like the Flaming Lips, The Black Crowes, Phoenix, the Smashing Pumpkins and more closed out the 2013 Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis... ...

Chloe Chaidez Interview - A Kitten Concert Preview (Thursday, May 9 at Chicago Theatre with Paramore)

Chloe Chaidez Interview - A Kitten Concert Preview (Thursday, May 9 at Chicago Theatre with Paramore)
Headed to town as the opening act for Paramore this Thursday at the Chicago Theatre, I spoke with Kitten frontwoman Chloe Chaidez about her energetic live show, Kitten's forthcoming album and more... ...
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Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Saturday, May 4 Concert Review

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Saturday, May 4 Concert Review
Rain continued to fall on Memphis as artists like Patti Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mavis Staples, The Black Keys, ZZ Top, The Roots, Porter Robinson and more performed on the second day of the Beale Street Music Festival...

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Friday, May 3 Concert Review

Memphis in May - The Beale Street Music Festival: Friday, May 3 Concert Review
Friday afternoon along the flooded banks of the Mississippi River in Memphis's Tom Lee Park, Hall & Oates, Alice in Chains, The Wallflowers, Yngwie Malmsteen, Sheryl Crow, Deftones, The Joy Formidable and more performed on a cool and rainy first day of the Beale Street Music Festival... ...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, May 3 - Sunday, May 5
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Too $hort arrives in Wicker Park... Plus area appearances by Calvin Harris, Purity Ring, The Tossers, Titus Andronicus, Kelly Hogan, Yngwie Malmsteen and Frankie Avalon.  All of this plus much more... ...
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C2E2 2013: How I Got The Finger From "Wrestling Superstar" Virgil And Ended Up In Deadspin...

C2E2 2013: How I Got The Finger From "Wrestling Superstar" Virgil And Ended Up In Deadspin...
Where else can you see a storm trooper dressed up in a White Sox uniform, infamous former pro wrestler Virgil give someone the finger and the Travel Channel's Toy Hunter all under one roof while enjoying a delicious local craft beer?  The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, better known as C2E2, is that unique place... ...
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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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