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13th Floor Haunted House - Chicago

13th Floor Haunted House - Chicago

Having gone the previous week to House of Torment, I was able to take a trip to Melrose Park, home of the amazing Taste of Melrose held every Labor Day weekend. It is also home of one of the scariest haunted houses in Illinois, 13th Floor. Located at 1940 George Street in Melrose Park, this slightly secluded dungeon of doom rests in another warehouse, much like House of Torment. With free parking available, it is easy (and cheap) to park your car and walk across t... [Read More about 13th Floor Haunted House - Chicago]

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith Urban's powerful and deeply felt follow-up to 2002's double-platinum Golden Road -- his heart and soul as a man and a musician comes through loud and clear. Where does a guy go after making an album that's been on the charts for more than 100 weeks? If you're Keith Urban, you go deep.

As a songwriter, you put more of yourself into your music than ever before. As a vocalist, you sing with newfound passion and commitment. Already recognized as a true guitar hero, you play your ... [Read More about Keith Urban]

Jack Russell Great White

Jack Russell Great White

Jack Russel's Great White Performs at Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo, FL, USA, September 22, 2017

I remember back in 1987 hanging out with one of my best friends, in high school, and hearing "Rock Me," by Great White, for the first time. It was smooth and bluesy, but it just killed when the song climaxed. This was my beginning of a fandom for the groove and blues that made Great White!

Great White was something unique in the 80's hair metal s... [Read More about Jack Russell Great White]

Music Gallery
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

A.K.A. - Jennifer Lopez’s 10th album and her first for Capitol Records

A.K.A. – Jennifer Lopez’s 10th album and her first for Capitol Records – is out today and she’s celebrating its release with a series of high profile television appearances. Last night s... [Read More]

Sledge Leather

Sledge Leather

Leather Leone, remember her? She once was ruling the metal wasteland as one of the leading female voices of heavy metal. The voice of Chastain who added fuel to the metallic fire of David T.'s amazing shreds and killer riffs, also recording an acclaimed solo record "Shockwaves," before vanish... [Read More]

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks will be bringing her debut album “Broke With Expensive Taste” to life and will be hitting the road this spring with select tour dates across North America and Europe. Dates include headlining shows at New York City’s Irving Plaza, Club Nokia in Los Angele... [Read More]

Live Concert Reviews
Stereophonics Live at The Vic Chicago

Stereophonics Live at The Vic Chicago

When I found out Stereophonics was coming to Chicago, I practically sprung out of my chair and straight into a colleague of mine....who by the way was carrying three full and hot cups of hipster brand coffee. (*Oops.) But, I was SO excited!! I mean, who wouldn't be?! -- It's Stereophonics! ... [Read More]

Wynton Marsalis Orchestra at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago

Wynton Marsalis Orchestra at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Chicago

This concert was my first time hearing the Wynton Marsalis Lincoln Center Jazz orchestra live. The North Score Center for the performing Arts was a perfect size room for the orchestra; not too big or too small, yet intimate.

They opened with a New Orleans "Dixieland-style" blues. Next ... [Read More]

Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood live at Allstate Arena

Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood live at Allstate Arena

I have to start with saying "WOW." I saw Garth Brooks live in 1996 performing in Lansing, Michigan. He was just as good 18 years ago as he was tonight. The house was packed floor to ceiling. Not one person sitting in their seat. Almost every person knew every word to every song. Garth started ... [Read More]

CD Reviews
Unbreakable by Janet Jackson

Unbreakable Janet Jackson - Vagrant Records (BMG)

‘Unbreakable’ is available on Itunes and Receive Instant Downloads Of New Title Track and First Single ‘No Sleeep (Feat. J. Cole)’

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation record label and its distribution partner BMG released ‘Unbreakable’ on October 2, 2015 date for the wide rel... [Read More]

Condition Human by Queensryche

Condition Human Queensryche - Century Media Group

As if both bands are still battling each other, Queensrÿche (QR) and former vocalist "Geoff Tate's Operation: Mindcrime" release their album almost simultaneously. With the legal battle behind us both acts are now taking the battlefield to win over the hearts of their long time fans and enthusias... [Read More]

Got Your Six by Five Finger Death Punch

Got Your Six Five Finger Death Punch - Prospect Park

Listen today, August 28, Five Finger Death Punch, Listen To The Full 'Got Your Sixy' Album Stream Here from Pandora at Got Your Six before it's released at Pandora

“If someone asked me to sum up who and what Five Finger Death Pu... [Read More]

Music photo Gallery
B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash 2014

B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash 2014

Allstate Arena - December 6, 2015 featuring Ariana Grande, Pharrell, 5SOS, Martin Garrix, Lil Jon, MKTO and Rixton... [Read More] [View Gallery]

Slayer

Slayer LIVE in Chicago

"Fuck all that shit; Slayer was fucking awesome!"

What can be said about tonight that hasn't already been written? Metal isn't dead, the crowd was fantastic, and the band simply rocks. Slayer has been out there since the 80s, and unlike another all too obvious heavy metal band out there, the years and success haven't corrupted the energy or quality of Slayer's performance.

Chicago's famous Aragon ... [Read More][View Gallery]

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus Performs in Chicago

Zola Jesus Performed to a Sold Out Crowd at The Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago on Jan.16, 2015.

Nika Roza Danilova who goes by the name of Zola Jesus performed at The Athenaeum Theatre as part of Tomorrow Never Knows Festival 2015.

You asked what is this festival you never heard of...It was started by Schubas’ and now runs by both Schubas' & Lincoln Hall’s as a winter music fest mixes acclaimed, up-&-coming, local & national indi... [Read More][View Gallery]

Movie Reviews
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

From the opening action sequence, the tone is set that this is going to be a much darker superhero movie than we've come to know. After showing us a glimpse of the Winter Soldier in 1991, we jump to present day and the current lineup of Avengers start revealing themselves as we are taken on a roller coaster ride as action and the fast paced camera work has the audience included in the fight. At times this can be a welcomed experience but if you are watching the 3D version,...[Read More]

Twice Told Tales (1963)

Twice Told Tales (1963)

Based on the short story works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Twice Told Tales is an anthology film of three tales of horror and suspense. Starring the always magnificent Vincent Price who not only stars in each segment but also narrates the film, Twice Told Tales begins almost immediately as there is no wrap around story and just goes into each segment by the turn of a page....[Read More]

Fastball (2016)

Fastball (2016)

Following on the previous documentary Knuckleball! comes another pitching movie. This time about everyone’s favorite pitch, the fastball. No one really obsesses about the break on a curveball or slider, but fans ooh and ahh over how many miles per hour someone can chuck a baseball. This films touches on some of the most famous practitioners of the power pitching game....[Read More]