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Angel Olsen -Thalia Hall (Chicago) - December 1st, 2023

2 December 2023

Olsen quickly began thrilling the audience with her ravishing songs but also making fans laugh with her jokes about taco bars, bad knees, teleprompters, green bandanas and Argo Tea. Even though she now lives in North Carolina, she can always come back to visit and be Chicago’s darling!

The Claudettes – The Venue (Aurora, IL) – Nov 11, 2023

25 November 2023

The Claudettes returned to their suburban Chicago haunt at The Venue in Aurora, Illinois for a wide-ranging set drawn from all points of the band’s 13-year career – including songs from an upcoming EP.

Billie Marten-Cabaret Metro (Chicago) - November 12th, 2023

12 November 2023

At the same time, her songs move at such a gentle pace to make the listener appreciate time passing and all the tender moments of her vocals over her guitar caresses. These songs are filled with heart and genuineness indeed.

Yes – Paramount Theatre (Denver) – October 26, 2023

30 October 2023

Progressive rock fans in Denver ventured through a cool and drizzling Thursday night to see genre pioneers and frontrunners Yes perform during the band’s The Classic Tales of Yes tour.

Wilco – Mission Ballroom (Denver) – October 22, 2023

27 October 2023

Wilco made a strong case for the fresh songs from Cousin and Cruel Country, interspersed with fan favorites.

Johnny Marr in Conversation

Johnny Marr - Warsaw (Brooklyn) - October 23, 2023

24 October 2023

At the recently renovated Warsaw, legendary guitarist Johnny Marr of The Smiths and one-time member of The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse, and The Cribs spent over two hours discussing his new Harper Collins photo/memoir book Marr’s Guitars with Variety music editor Jem Aswad in an amazing conversation that brought forth memories of writing some of his greatest songs on some of the 130+ guitars he has amassed over a spectacular and restless musical journey from a scrappy working-class Manchester upbringing to winning an Oscar for his collaboration with Hans Zimmer, Billie Eilish, and Finneas on the theme song for the 2021 James Bond film No Time To Die.

Macie Stewart -Epiphany (Chicago) - October 20th, 2023

21 October 2023

Though Epiphany is not a typical rock club or music venue, it seemed perfectly fitting for the community who enjoyed sharing the type of shared spiritual experience occurring when any group of people come together to experience something which unites them as people.

Riot Fest: Day 3 - Douglass Park (Chicago, IL) - September 17, 2023

20 September 2023
After a delayed start, the final day of this year’s Riot Fest moved swiftly toward its eagerly-anticipated headlining set by The Cure.

Peter Gabriel and band at Madison Square Garden

Peter Gabriel - Madison Square Garden (New York) - September 18, 2023

19 September 2023

Last night at Madison Square Garden, English ’70s art rock pioneer and world music champion Peter Gabriel brought his i/o tour celebrating his first album of original music since 2002’s Up

Andy Summers - North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Skokie, IL) - September 8, 2023

16 September 2023

Legendary Police guitarist Andy Summers delighted enthusiastic superfans during an intimate evening of music, imagery and stories.

Lollapalooza 2023 (Pre-Coverage)

2 August 2023

The Big Takeover’s Pre-Coverage of Lollapalooza 2023 in Chicago, IL.