In Concert

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 18:00

Father John Misty Takes Listeners on a Folksy Trip

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To call Joshua Tillman’s career unusual is something of an understatement. A former drummer for Fleet Foxes and an accomplished solo musician, he left that group, loaded his van with mushrooms and took a trip down the California coast, a hazy exodus that resulted in the birth of his current…
Saturday, 10 November 2012 18:00

Does King Tuff Have the Right Stuff?

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I was very disappointed to not have seen King Tuff perform onstage in the buff. I really wanted to see hottie King Tuff up there, butt naked, while singing the lyrics "My ding-a-ling...I want you to play with my ding-a-ling! So the question arises as to whether King Tuff and his band's…
“Who Killed Rock ‘n’ Roll?” In a musical landscape currently littered with corporate, mindless teen-pop and overproduced hip-hop, this was Rick Springfield’s opening salvo Friday night at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street.  Over a classic, driving power-pop rhythm and cranked power-chords, Springfield spit out lyrics any mourning, long-term lover of…
Monday, 01 October 2012 17:13

Prince Live at United Center

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My introduction to music started back in 1983. The 80’s were a phenomenal era, and rock music was everywhere, every artist was different, pop music and r&b music had the same sound, and Michael Jackson ruled world. And then Purple Rain happened….changing everything I thought about music. Prince wasn’t like…
Monday, 17 September 2012 16:00

Rush Rocks United Center

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44 years after their inception in 1968, Rush returned to Chicago, amazingly still in top form. The United Center was host over the weekend as the great Canadian trio rocked the crowd for just over three hours. Starting the show with “Subdivisions” the band took immediate charge of the stadium…
Affinity filled the room at the Bottom Lounge on August 12th as Loud Loud entered the stage. I was unable to account for the reactions in the crowd when they opened the show with my personal favorite “Mirrors” and it’s introduction song “Reflections”. Loud Loud had gained my complete attention…
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 23:55

Weezer Live at The Venue Does Not Disappoint

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  The last time I saw Weezer some nine or ten years ago, the set was massive, fire blazed thirty feet high to key beats in “Hash Pipe” and pyrotechnics were used with reckless abandon. When I saw Weezer the other night at Horseshoe Casino’s The Venue in Hammond, Indiana,…
Who would have ever guessed back in the hairband heyday of the mid-to-late ‘80s that we would still be talking about Poison frontman Bret Michaels in 2012? Though he has been responsible for his share of mindlessly fun party rock (“Unskinny Bop,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time”) and the won’t-die-even-if-you-want-it-to…
RAVINIA PRESENTS HOLST’S THE PLANETS, THE 2012 ONE SCORE, ONE CHICAGO SELECTION WITH THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LED BY JOHN AXELROD ACCOMPANIED BY FILM ON PAVILION AND LAWN SCREENS Conductor Gianandrea Noseda makes his Ravinia debut leading the CSO in an all-Rachmaninoff program featuring Nicole Cabell and Sean Botkin; Ted Sperling leads the…
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