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Thursday, 10 February 2011 23:40

“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 23:40

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 21:06

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…
Tuesday, 07 December 2010 00:22

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…
Friday, 03 December 2010 00:09

Strictly Jug Nuts – A Band to See

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It’s always a pleasure to see an act that is completely unique. Something they do is without a doubt nothing like any other group that you have ever seen. Their show, their gimmick, their music, takes you on a musical journey letting your mind roam freely. Within the band Strictly…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 14:20

Powerman 5000 Rocks at Cubby Bear

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When I told my boyfriend that I was going to be reviewing Powerman 5000 at the Cubby Bear, he thought I was joking. How can a Glee loving, pop music enthusiast possibly enjoy the hard rock of Powerman 5000? Simple; the music is the perfect blend of pulse racing, head…
Friday, 12 November 2010 21:15

GWAR Hits Chicago in Bloody Fashion

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Looking like a combination of the 1980s Musclemen mini action figures, Rob Zombie comic books and Fangoria magazine, Gwar takes the stage with a no-holds-barred attitude. Having been around since before Rob Zombie,they’re everything one would expect. Playing metal music in their natural clothing and letting people wonder if any…
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 22:57

Ian Anderson; Solo show at the Rialto Square Theater

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On Halloween eve, a group of traveling musicians graced the ears of concert goers at the Rialto Square Theater (15 E. Van Buren ~ Joliet, ILL. 60432). Five men took the stage just after 8:00 P.M. to entertain a full house. Ian Anderson and crew came out quietly and started…
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