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Rodrigo y Gabriela Record Sound Opinions Show at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Co-hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Rodrigo y Gabriela at Goose Island Barrel Warehouse for an upcoming 'Sound Opinions' show.

The unmistakable magnetic chemistry of Rodrigo y Gabriela was floating in the air while several small handfuls of people who...

Read Post Survey Uncovers Chicago's Dating Scene; Reveals Where to Find the Hottest Tables, Singles in the City

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:29 PM


Attention Chicago singles: According to a new survey from, the hot and steamy months of summer are the time for romance. A survey taken by over 1,100 single Chicago residents reveals some quite interesting and potentially unexpected statistics. The data shows where Chicago...

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Sold-Out Pearl Jam Concert Takes Wrigley Field By Storm; Band Plays 'Til 2 a.m. After Rain Delay

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Pearl Jam fans who were able to score tickets to Friday's sold-out concert at Wrigley Field -- many of who braved the sweltering, 90-degree Chicago heat to wait outside in three-hour long merch lines hours before the show began -- may still be recalling, even months from now, the rarities...

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Pearl Jam Merch Stand Opens, Fans Get Ready For Friday's Sold-Out Concert at Wrigley Field

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 1:59 PM


Pearl Jam at PJ20; Alpine Valley, WI in 2011.

The anticipation is growing as the merch stand opens on the corner of Addison and Sheffield, just hours ahead of one of the most anticipated concert of the summer in a city that many have...

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Prince Plays Last-Minute Intimate Late-Night Gig at Chicago's City Winery

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 3:58 PM

Photo by Bria Valente

Those lucky enough to get wind of the last-minute announcement that came at 5 p.m. via City Winery's Twitter account announcing that Prince featuring New Power Generation and 3rd Eye Girl were playing the intimate West Loop venue immediately following Star...

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Martin Atkins Talks CIMMfest, the Music Biz and Why He Throws Blueberry Muffins at His Audience

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Martin Atkins, who's best known for drumming in some of the most influential post-punk and industrial bands, including Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface (Trent Reznor) and Killing Joke, will help wind down CIMMfest's weekend festivities (April 18-21) as the keynote for Sunday evening's Closing Night program that will...

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Rolling Stones Big 5-0 Tribute 'CIMMpathy' part of CIMMfest No. 5

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 4:08 PM

If the annual Chicago International Music & Movies Festival (CIMMfest), now in it's fifth year, whispers ever-so-slightly a familiarity akin to Austin's South By Southwest in its younger years, that's likely because co-founders Josh Chicoine (formerly of The M's) and documentary filmmaker Ilko Davidov have married film, music...

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Jack Osbourne Talks New Gig at Fuse News

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 1:16 PM

During a week when slinky Prada stilettos, haute Converse tennis shoes and enough bling to warrant dark, incognito Oliver Peoples are being shined and primed to hit the red carpet for the music industry's biggest night on Feb. 10 at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, another big launch is rolling...

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Writer-Director Ed Burns Cuts to City Winery for 'An Evening of Wine and Film'

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 11:10 AM

Photo by Lauren Drell; Writer-director Ed Burns (right) and City Winery Founder Michael Dorf (left) discuss the scene and the wine they're about to uncork.

Ed Burns recently hosted the sold-out "Evening of Wine and Film" last month back-to-back at both New York City...

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12-12-12 Concert Dazzles With Star-Studded Lineup: Includes Nirvana Members, Michael Stipe

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Photo by Lauren Drell; Eddie Vedder and Roger Waters clasp hands after performing "Comfortably Numb."

A star-studded line-up produced a dazzling and magical night of music at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief on Dec. 12 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The...

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Billy Corgan's Wrestling Company Celebrates Year Anniversary With Jake 'The Snake' Roberts; Smashing Pumpkins Reissue Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 1:14 PM

Gabe Baron, Billy Corgan and Jacques Baron. Photo courtesy of Cathy Pusateri

Billy Corgan and brothers Gabe and Jacques Baron are set to celebrate their wrestling company Resistance Pro's one-year anniversary, and the Smashing Pumpkins front man and co-promoters are celebrating large...

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Pearl Jam Jeff Ament's RNDM Anything but Random Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:49 PM


Photo by Lauren Drell

It's evident that Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's new side band RNDM has made its way onto the radar of many locals who packed tightly against each other on Nov. 13 at Lincoln Hall, anxiously waiting to hear...

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Former Navy SEAL and Author Arms Civilians With Tools to Combat Fear, Forge Self-Confidence

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:35 PM

David Rutherford knows a thing or two about self-confidence and teamwork. After all, this former Navy SEAL, who served eight years with responsibilities that included combat medic, operator and instructor, has taken his rigorous military training and passion for helping people and morphed these elements into his latest adventure, deploying...

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Billy Corgan Plays Smashing Acoustic Set, Talks New Tea Salon

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 7:57 AM

It's not everyday Billy Corgan plays a carefully crafted, hand-picked acoustic set with just a few of his closest friends and fans surrounding him, all tucked into an intimate, meticulously decorated space that's nestled in Highland Park, an affluent suburb on Chicago's North Shore. But those lucky enough to score...

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Stephen Patterson and Alex Even of White Rabbits Talk Lollapalooza, Beyoncé and Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 11:58 AM

Photo courtesy of Derrick Santini

If you caught hyped indie darlings White Rabbits at Lollapalooza last Sunday afternoon at the Bud Light stage, you know that the band has the capability, much like a good magician does, of reaching into its bag of tricks...

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Jane's Addiction Plays Steamy Set at Intimate Lolla Aftershow

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 3:13 PM

When Perry Farrell announces that Jane's Addiction will be playing a Lollapalooza aftershow, scoring tickets will be, well, next to impossible. But fans lucky enough to overcome that large hurdle and do just that, were treated to impressive sets by openers Ume and Franz Ferdinand, who were hand-picked by Farrell...

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Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan Talks His Brother, Wrestling and a New Reality TV Show in the Works

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Chances are, you've heard from Billy Corgan recently. Maybe it's been at SXSWi where he was in a one-on-one fiery conversation with author Brian Solis or at the Metro last month when Smashing Pumpkins headlined the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert just days before the alterna-rock group's hyped album...

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Rainy Days Activities: Where To Spend The Day Indoors

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 3:57 PM

There's a saying in the Midwest: if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes. It will change. If you're stuck for something to do on those rainy/inclement days, why not check out one of these activities?

Paint-It-Yourself Pottery

As a kid, a rainy day was about as much...
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'Sandwich King' Jeff Mauro Picks Favorite Chicago Spots

(13) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 10:22 AM

If anyone knows sandwiches in Chicago, it would be the animated, self-proclaimed “sandwich king," Jeff Mauro.

The 33 year-old Elmwood Park resident was recently named “The Next Food Network Star" and now has a new show appropriately titled “Sandwich King.” Mauro spoke with City'sBest about his favorite Chicago...

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Andrew Bird On Songwriting, Chicago And Hideout's 15th Anniversary Block Party

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 1:43 PM

Logan Square resident and Chicago favorite Andrew Bird has always loved the Hideout, and after some time on the farm recording his new album, he’s gearing up to play their 15th Anniversary Block party this weekend. Bird spoke with City'sBest about what inspires him, his musical connection with...

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