Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer "4-D" At The Shedd

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer "4-D" At The Shedd
Should you take your family to see Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D at The Shedd Aquarium. Here are the pros and cons. PROS: -Effects: Real snow! Yes, there’s a snow machine in the top, left corner of the theatre, that blows blizzard-like snow storms into the room during certain scenes. You’ll also feel wind... Read more »

Hippo Campus Bring Warm Glow To Turner Hall-11/19/17

Hippo Campus Bring Warm Glow To Turner Hall-11/19/17
What do you do after you tour behind one of the best albums of 2017? The scripted move would be to take some time off and record your follow up. The trendsetters from Hippo Campus, don’t follow no stinkin’ script. They blaze a trail back into the studio to record three new gems they call the Warm... Read more »

Shout Out Louds Throw A Party At Lincoln Hall

Shout Out Louds Throw A Party At Lincoln Hall
What started out as a rock show with the Shout Out Louds playing Lincoln Hall, ended up as a party, with fans onstage, dancing and laughing. There’s been a ringing in my ears ever since, with the lyrics from “Impossible.” “And there’s a first time and a second time, you gotta hold on.” As much... Read more »
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The Best Rock Songs Of 2017

1.) “Creature Comfort” –Arcade Fire The anthem for all ages in 2017. A Nine Inch Nails beat begins the song, and plays out in the background as a gorgeous keyboard riff gives life to insightful lyrics for a lost generation. I often stand in the mirror and curse my father. 2) “Call The Police”- LCD... Read more »

Shout Out Louds Return To "Ease" Chicago's Mind

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Tonight, November 8th, the Shout Out Louds return to Chicago to showcase their latest record. That’s right, for one night in November, they are hoping to Ease Your Mind. Not a lot has changed on their 5th album, and that’s a good thing. Refined, pop music at its core. Ease Your Mind has more of... Read more »

Slowdive "Don't Know Why"

Got an email from the folks in Slowdive’s camp as I was writing about the Trash Can Sinatras return to form. It made me think about how great Slowdive’s comeback record was as well. Many of these 90’s bands came back with some great records in the last few years (Ride, etc) and Slowdive’s self-titled... Read more »
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Trashcan Sinatras "Ain't That Something"

The most underrated band of our time, The Trash Can Sinatras, put out one of the greatest comeback albums of the last century, last year. The album was called Wild Pendulum, and it’s chalk full of great songs, that couldn’t sound any more relevant in 2017. It’s a full length album, that you want to... Read more »

Two Beers To Drink On Halloween

Two Beers To Drink On Halloween
Here are two beers you should drink, tonight, on Halloween. Big Muddy Brewing’s “Pumpkin Smasher” is a delight to drink. It’s not weighed down by a ton of spice or nutmeg, rather just a clean ale with hints of luscious pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Honestly, that’s what this beer tastes like. I will say... Read more »

Chemical Brothers "Come With Us"

Chemical Brothers "Come With Us"
I’m a fan of the Chemical Brothers. So, when I saw Come With Us in the cut out bins, I had to snag it! Most of their stuff is packed full of big beats and catchy samples, and that’s how this records starts. “Come with Us,” is a typical Chemical’s banger, hip-hop vs dance rock!... Read more »
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Staying Up All Night With The Trash Can Sinatras

Staying Up All Night With The Trash Can Sinatras
It was a Monday, and I was tired. But dammit if I wasn’t staying “Up All Night” with the Trash Can Sinatras. After all, they did name their tour that. Lincoln Hall had seating for the intimate set that spanned some two hours, which was a welcome addition. As a matter of fact, this was... Read more »