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Monday, 07 March 2011 11:51

Cradle of Filth takes over the House of Blues!

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The lights go out and I wish I'd gone to church this morning. Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus takes stage with guitarists Paul Allender and James McIlroy. The three of them strike a chord and I can feel that my trip to hell has officially begun. People in the…
SPACE in Evanston has to be one the coolest places to see live music acts! Not only is it a small intimate setting, but you can meet the acts that perform right after their concert for a meet and greet. The atmosphere is very relaxing, and tonight it's “Songwriters Night.”…
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 01:07

Yellow Matter Custard Blows the Roof Off

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As the crowd of over 600 people were waiting in anticipation for a once-in-a-lifetime “experience,” four guys were on their way out. Yellow Matter Custard, a Beatles supergroup consisting of: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic, OSI, Liquid Tension Experiment, Liquid Trio Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock's Beard) ,…
Thursday, 24 February 2011 17:51

The Fabulous Miss Wendy Rocks HOB

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A young woman walks on stage, looking like a cross between Janis Joplin and Sid Viscous with the theatrics of Jimi Hendrix.  She stands looking at her amp as though she is truly in love.  She stares into the eye that is the power light, cranks it to 11 and…
Thursday, 10 February 2011 17:40

“Rain” Does The Beatles Right

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Of course, no band can duplicate The Beatles, but “Rain” sure does pay an honest tribute that takes the audience as close to the musical experience as one could dream. With a close enough resemblance to the Fab Four (especially Graham Alexander as Paul McCartney) to already create a serviceable…
Living in what can seem like an ice box for months in a row blows! However, the way Tribute Bands are treated by crowds can be additionally brutal.Take the instance when a man, John Ritchie, was up on stage in front of a New York audience in the 1800's. Massive…
Monday, 20 December 2010 17:40

Sister Hazel - Live at Chicago's House of Blues

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Music was coming from the monitors as the curtains started to open slowly. Fans peaked through to get a glimpse of the blue lit stage. The crowd was ready to see the main attraction at Chicago’s House of Blues on a cold December night. Sister Hazel started to play and…
Saturday, 04 December 2010 15:06

Dredg shows up headliner at House of Blues

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The world is an amazing place - but also, sometimes, pretty lackluster. I had the opportunity to see Dredg at the House of Blues in Chicago last week, but this show was unlike any other show the band has played in Chicago. Since achieving a fair amount of success earlier…
Monday, 06 December 2010 18:22

The Correlation Between Beards and Good Music

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Does the amount of facial hair seen in a crowd, actually predict how hip a band’s set will be? Let me present you with some facts. On Tuesday November 23rd at the House of Blues, over 50% of the men in the audience were bearded, preparing to have the excellent…
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