Archive for 2012

Interview: Dave Pirner (A Soul Asylum 2012 NYE Rock N' Roll Ball Concert Preview)

Interview: Dave Pirner (A Soul Asylum 2012 NYE Rock N' Roll Ball Concert Preview)
Heading to the Chicagoland area as part of the sixteenth annual New Year's Eve Rock N' Roll Ball at the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel, I spoke with Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner last week about the band's new album Delayed Reaction and the twentieth anniversary of the Grave Dancer's Union album...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12.28.12 - Sunday, 12.30.12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12.28.12 - Sunday, 12.30.12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, pre-game for New Year's with live music from Styx, Amy LaVere, Company of Thieves, The Waco Brothers, Freddy Jones Band, Rhett Miller, Butch Walker and The BoDeans.  All of this plus much more...

Interview: Big Gigantic (Aragon Ballroom New Year's Eve Concert Preview)

Interview: Big Gigantic (Aragon Ballroom New Year's Eve Concert Preview)
Getting ready to celebrate New Year's Eve in Chicago for the second consecutive year, I spoke with Big Gigantic saxophone player Dominic Lalli as the electronic duo prepares to end 2012 and ring in 2013 at a sold out Aragon Ballroom...
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The 2012 Definitive Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago

The 2012 Definitive Guide to New Year's Eve in Chicago
This is your guide to ending 2012 with the best live music in Chicago.  This year, ring in 2013 both in the city and throughout the suburbs with artists like Big Gigantic, Soul Asylum, Los Lobos, The Airborne Toxic Event, Charlie Wilson, Third Eye Blind, Mike Posner, Robert Randolph, Screeching Weasel,  Paul Oakenfold, JC Brooks, Local H and many more...

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

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 12/17/12 - Thursday, 12/20/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, Andrew Bird kicks off his 2012 Gezelligheid residency at Fourth Presbyterian Church.  Plus area appearances by Raul Malo, Graham Parker and a whopping nine shows by The Bad Plus.  All of this plus much more...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12/14/12 - Sunday, 12/16/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12/14/12 - Sunday, 12/16/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This weekend, Sister Hazel hits town for two shows. Plus, area appearances by Sufjan Stevens, Ed Sheeran, Wyclef Jean, Of Monsters & Men and Richard Marx.  All of this plus much more...
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Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 12/10/12 - Thursday, 12/13/12

Chicagoland Midweek Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Monday, 12/10/12 - Thursday, 12/13/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this week both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week, Robbie Fulks teams up with Kelly Hogan at the Hideout.  Plus area appearances by Mike Doughty, The Polyphonic Spree, Carrie Underwood, and Japandroids.  All of this plus much more...

A Woman's Rant: An Interview With Jo Dee Messina - (A "Country at Congress" Concert Preview)

A Woman's Rant: An Interview With Jo Dee Messina - (A "Country at Congress" Concert Preview)
Headed to town for a performance Friday night, December 7th at the Congress Theater, I spoke with country star Jo Dee Messina in early November about utilizing the internet to market new music, work on her first new album since 2006 as well as running the Chicago Marathon...

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12/7/12 - Sunday, 12/9/12

Chicagoland Weekend Music Spotlight: City and Suburban Live Music Highlights - Friday, 12/7/12 - Sunday, 12/9/12
This is your guide to catching the best live music in Chicago this weekend both in the city and throughout the suburbs.  This week... Trombone Shorty finishes up a two night stand.  Plus area appearances by DJ Shadow, Jo Dee Messina, Nada Surf, Of Montreal, Young Jeezy, 3 Doors Down and Kenny Loggins.  All of this plus much more... ...
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An Interview With Chuck D - Part 1 of 2 (A 2012 Public Enemy Concert Preview)

An Interview With Chuck D - Part 1 of 2 (A 2012 Public Enemy Concert Preview)
Getting ready to launch the "Hip Hop Gods Classic Tourfest Revue," I spoke with Public Enemy's Chuck D last week in advance of his band's appearance this Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at House of Blues in a thirty minute phone conversation that hit on Public Enemy's pair of new albums, the city of Chicago and the band's ability to embrace digital distribution and social media both in the studio and on tour......
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