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Music notes: Coop, EGi play Durty Nellie's

Feb 26 2015 | 1:34 pm - Chicago-born electronica jam rockers The Coop are teaming up with improvisational and experimental funk rockers Ethereal Groove, Inc. for a 21-and-over show at Palatine's Durty Nellie's with openers Chachuba.

Music notes: Rocker Mikal Cronin plays Prairie Center

Feb 18 2015 | 1:00 am - California indie rocker Mikal Cronin comes to Schaumburg’s Prairie Center for the Arts with his collection of soulful garage-rock tunes; tribute artists swing into town with "Elvis Lives"; and Billy Ocean rocks and croons at the Arcada Theatre...

Music notes: Spend Valentine's Day with Fleetwood Mac at Allstate

Feb 11 2015 | 12:31 pm - If you grew up in a certain era, Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits play like the soundtrack of your youth. Relive it Saturday when one of the top-selling bands of all time plays the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Local punk band Counterpunch has been going...

Summer delivers no shortage of local music fests

May 31 2014 | 2:27 am - At the crossroads of music and summer you get festivals, festivals and more festivals. Chicago and the suburbs are not lacking in places to see live music played in the Midwest sun or under a summer moon. So check out what the next few months have...

Summer’s ending, but the music plays on

Aug 28 2013 | 4:09 pm - In the last Summer Scene column of the year, we take a look at this weekend's Love Shine Festival in Yorkville, a few North Coast Music Festival aftershows and the Lucky Boys Confusion "A Decade of Commitment" anniversary show at the House of Blues.

JC Brooks, Kings of Class hot draws to North Coast

Aug 25 2013 | 1:14 pm - My first glance at the North Coast Music Festival lineup left me unimpressed. There were bands I recognized the names of, but only a few I really knew well enough to go see. But perhaps the supporting players are the real highlights here.

Local bands go big-time for Riot Fest

Aug 14 2013 | 4:21 pm - Sure, the Replacements and Blink-182 are playing Riot Fest. But here's a look at all the local talent taking the stage.

Mutts hides joy, passion behind a smoky growl

Aug 08 2013 | 10:56 pm - My first listen to Mutts' “Separation Anxiety” made me think it would be a perfect soundtrack for a heist film. I could see the unsavory characters huddled around a bottle of something strong in a darkened bar in the basement of an old...

Aurora’s Presbrey shows a whole lot of depth

Aug 01 2013 | 6:44 am - OK, what’s happening to me? I like rock. I like punk. I like indie. I like harmonies. And maybe a little folk. But when I got word of Aurora’s Kevin Presbrey’s new album and gave it a listen, I was intrigued. I was interested. But...

Local talent flocking to Whippersnap music festival

Jul 26 2013 | 12:42 pm - You can find a music festival somewhere in the Chicago area almost any summer weekend. But Whippersnap? Never heard of it? Me neither. But for an event in only its third year, the Whippersnap Music and Arts Festival has certainly put together a...

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