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“Sheep” – Smile Empty Soul Review

“Sheep” – Smile Empty Soul Review

December 6, 2019

Back in 2003, Smile Empty Soul seemed primed for major breakthrough. Their eponymous album, which fe...

Eight Criminally Underrated Bands You Need To Hear

Eight Criminally Underrated Bands You Need To Hear

November 19, 2019

STARSET Some might argue that STARSET isn’t underrated at all considering that they’ve had tw...

Royal Coda strikes a chord with “Compassion”

Royal Coda strikes a chord with “Compassion”

November 19, 2019

“Because we have compassion, happiness is no longer hard to find.”  Piggybacking off a common theme promoted by ...

Otherwise, ‘Defy’ album review

Otherwise, ‘Defy’ album review

November 15, 2019

“Defy” marks the evolution of Las Vegas hard rockers Otherwise from a true blue rock quartet to a m...

Men In Black International Review

Men In Black International Review

July 23, 2019

Abbey and Chuck went to a press screening of Men in Black International (MIBI). Rather than do a normal...

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

July 23, 2019

For the first time in Spring Awakening history, the venue was held at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates...

‘Venom’ had potential but fails to deliver

‘Venom’ had potential but fails to deliver

November 6, 2018

If you are looking for an “okay” time at the movies without much cinematic expectation, “Venom...

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

Chicago music fans get treated a multi-venue music festival

October 8, 2018

Most weekends in Chicago present difficult decisions for live music lovers. This past weekend was no except...

‘ASTROWORLD’: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Lifetime

‘ASTROWORLD’: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Lifetime

September 11, 2018

Before pressing play, keep your head, hands, arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Be prepared ...

Chicago music festival is pitchin’

Chicago music festival is pitchin’

August 30, 2018

When I was initially asked to go to Pitchfork and cover Sunday’s lineup for the Independent, I was exci...

Funk Vendetta invites local musicians to the stage

Funk Vendetta invites local musicians to the stage

March 14, 2018

It might seem rare that Monday would be a happening night out on the town, but a combination of Chicago’s...

Turning up with Chicago’s Vic Mensa

Turning up with Chicago’s Vic Mensa

February 13, 2018

After several mesmerizing performances from nine groups who rapped danced or played on awesome LED drums,...

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