Archive for June 2013

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

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the 29th annual World's Largest Block Party features Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Vintage Blue, Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson and more.  Plus area appearances by Jimmy Buffett, O.A.R., She & Him, Darius Rucker, Rush, Melissa Etheridge, The B-52's, The Go-Go's, The Zombies and Toby Keith allow for the opportunity to keep the Stanley Cup party going!  All of this plus much more...

Concert Preview: The 2013 World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at Old St. Pat's)

Concert Preview: The 2013 World's Largest Block Party (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at Old St. Pat's)
Looking for a way to keep celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup win this weekend?  Join nearly twenty thousand Chicagoans and head downtown for the 29th annual "World's Largest Block Party" at Old St. Pat's (featuring performances by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phil Vassar, Gretchen Wilson and more).  Earlier this week, I talked with Old St. Pat's pastor, Father Tom Hurley and Vintage Blue frontman, Ben Bassett in an effort to figure out what it is exactly that makes the block party an annual stand out in an increasingly crowded Chicago summer festival landscape... ...

Concert Review: 2013 Spring Awakening Music Festival (Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16 at Soldier Field)

Concert Review: 2013 Spring Awakening Music Festival (Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16 at Soldier Field)
Tens of thousands packed Soldier Field this past weekend as the Spring Awakening Music Festival celebrated electronic music in a variety of forms with headlining performances from artists like Moby, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris and more... ...
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Cult of Personality: An Interview With WWE Superstar CM Punk (A WWE Pay-Per-View Preview: "Payback" Live at Allstate Arena - Sunday, June 16)

Cult of Personality:  An Interview With WWE Superstar CM Punk (A WWE Pay-Per-View Preview: "Payback" Live at Allstate Arena - Sunday, June 16)
Headed back to the Chicagoland area for the WWE "Payback" live pay-per-view event this Sunday at Allstate Arena, I talked with WWE Superstar and Chicago native CM Punk about using Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" as his entrance music, singing the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field and more... ...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, lots of festival choices as Moby, Bassnectar, Flosstradamus, Paul Oakenfold, Calvin Harris and more headline the "Spring Awakening" Music Festival at Soldier Field... The Joy Formidable, Divine Fits and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound perform all weekend at "Taste of Randolph..."  "Blues on the Fox" in Aurora features Buddy Guy, Dr. John and J.J. Grey & Mofro... Plus area appearances by Fleetwood Mac, The Lonely Island, Daniel Lanois, The Reverend Horton Heat, JD McPherson, Eleventh Dream Day and comics like Bob Newhart and Artie Lange.  All of this plus much more...

An Interview With Jim Heath - A Reverend Horton Heat Concert Preview (Mods Vs. Rockers Live at the Aragon Ballroom - Saturday, June 15)

An Interview With Jim Heath - A Reverend Horton Heat Concert Preview (Mods Vs. Rockers Live at the Aragon Ballroom - Saturday, June 15)
Returning to Chicago as part of the "Mods vs. Rockers 2013 Rockabilly Rumble" extravaganza Saturday at the Aragon Ballroom alongside JD McPherson, The Supersuckers and more, I spoke with the Reverend Horton Heat himself about the band's recent signing with Chicago based indie label Victory Records, a return to an edgier sound on their forthcoming fall release, growing up amidst Texas blues and much more... ...
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Concert Review: Crocodiles Live at Metro (Tuesday, June 11 with Japandroids)

Concert Review: Crocodiles Live at Metro (Tuesday, June 11 with Japandroids)
Tuesday night at Metro, San Diego based lo-fi, indie rock outfit Crocodiles opened up for Japandroids at a sold out Metro... ...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, the festival season gets underway with Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, James Cotton and more at Blues Fest.  Plus area appearances by Sting, Jason Isbell, Sophie B. Hawkins, The Smithereens, Pitbull and Ke$ha, ReBirth Brass Band, Son Volt, The Dandy Warhols, Black Flag, Rachael Yamagata, Wayne Shorter, Glen Hansard, Joan Baez and The Indigo Girls.  All of this plus much more... ...

An Interview With Marshall Crenshaw - A City Winery Concert Preview (Thursday, June 6 with The Bottle Rockets)

An Interview With Marshall Crenshaw - A City Winery Concert Preview (Thursday, June 6 with The Bottle Rockets)
Spearheading an ambitious new EP release series, I spoke with pop songwriter extraordinaire Marshall Crenshaw last month amidst a tour with the Bottle Rockets that brings him back to Chicago on Thursday, June 6 at City Winery...
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Wyeth Is: An Interview With Hockey's Ben Wyeth (Concert Preview: Tuesday, June 4 at Metro with The Hush Sound)

Wyeth Is: An Interview With Hockey's Ben Wyeth (Concert Preview: Tuesday, June 4 at Metro with The Hush Sound)
Earlier this week, I spoke via email with Hockey's Ben Wyeth about the transformation of Hockey, the writing and recent release of the band's sophomore album Wyeth Is and a tour that brings Hockey to Metro Tuesday night amidst a packed bill that also includes The Hush Sound, River City Extension, Genevieve Schatz and Lucas Carpenter... ...
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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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