Archive for July 2013

Interview: John 5 (A Rob Zombie/Rockstar Mayhem Festival Concert Preview - Saturday, July 27 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)

Interview: John 5 (A Rob Zombie/Rockstar Mayhem Festival Concert Preview - Saturday, July 27 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre)
In town this weekend as a member of Rob Zombie's touring band, and part of the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, I chatted with guitarist John 5 about his role in  the new Rob Zombie album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, his most recent solo project God Told me To, playing guitar as a member of both Marilyn Manson and the David Lee Roth Band, buying t-shirts at Strange Cargo in Lakeview and more... ...

Concert Review: Day 2 of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday, July 20 in Union Park)

Concert Review: Day 2 of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (Saturday, July 20 in Union Park)
Slightly cooler temps made day two of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival a bit more bearable Saturday afternoon in Union Park... as did performances by Low, The Breeders, Belle and Sebastian and more... ...

Concert Review: Day 1 of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday, July 19 in Union Park)

Concert Review: Day 1 of the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (Friday, July 19 in Union Park)
Friday afternoon, despite the threat of storms later on, Wire, Björk and more performed on a sweaty first day at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival...
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Mind Your Manners: Why Pearl Jam Fans at Wrigley Field Deserved Better

Mind Your Manners: Why Pearl Jam Fans at Wrigley Field Deserved Better
On Friday evening, July 19th, Pearl Jam went on "rain delay" during a scheduled concert appearance at Wrigley Field... and their fans deserved better...

Concert Preview: 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 - 21 in Union Park)

Concert Preview: 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 - 21 in Union Park)
This weekend, nearly fifty artists and fifty thousand people converge upon Union Park on Chicago's west side as the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival gets underway... ...

Concert Preview: Simpleton & Cityfolk Live at Lincoln Hall - Saturday, July 13 (An Interview with Geoff Glenn)

Concert Preview: Simpleton & Cityfolk Live at Lincoln Hall - Saturday, July 13 (An Interview with Geoff Glenn)
As local alt-roots quartet Simpleton & Cityfolk gear up for a record release party Saturday at Lincoln Hall, I chatted via email earlier this week with vocalist/guitarist Geoff Glenn about the local recording process for the No Man is an Island album, working with Grammy Award winner Lloyd Maines and much more... ...
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Concert Review: Estelle and Robin Thicke Live at Taste of Chicago (Thursday, July 12 at Petrillo Bandshell)

Concert Review: Estelle and Robin Thicke Live at Taste of Chicago (Thursday, July 12 at Petrillo Bandshell)
Current holder of the number one song in the country, Robin Thicke arrived in Chicago Thursday afternoon alongside British R&B singer-songwriter/rapper Estelle for one of the more anticipated performances at the 2013 Taste of Chicago... ...

Concert Review: Delta Spirit and Fun. Live at Taste of Chicago (Wednesday, July 11 at Petrillo Bandshell)

Concert Review: Delta Spirit and Fun. Live at Taste of Chicago (Wednesday, July 11 at Petrillo Bandshell)
Wednesday night at Petrillo Bandshell, Delta Spirit and Fun. kicked off the 2013 Taste of Chicago concerts in front of a sold out crowd and a massive throng of people out in the lawn section (the likes of which I haven’t seen at a Taste concert in years)… In 2011, I caught excellent but poorly... Read more »

Concert Review: Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies (Tuesday, July 9 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion)

Concert Review: Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies (Tuesday, July 9 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion)
Tuesday night, as part of the "Last Summer on Earth Tour," Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies provided the soundtrack (and the laughs) to a muggy night on the lakefront at the newly formatted and named FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island... ...
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Concert Review: Wavefront Music Festival (Day 3 - Sunday, July 7 at Montrose Beach)

Concert Review: Wavefront Music Festival (Day 3 - Sunday, July 7 at Montrose Beach)
Despite a brief shower, thousands flocked to the city's northern lakefront to close out the 2013 Wavefront Music Festival Sunday at Montrose Beach with performances by Diplo, Crookers, Damian Lazarus, Sultan & Ned Shepard, Sharam, The Martinez Brothers and many more... ...
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