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Interview with Shayna Leigh

 Shayna Leigh

Shayna Leigh

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Shayna Leigh was raised on The Beatles and Carole King, but was also a product of the boy band era. Her mixed influences stayed with her when she moved to New York City for college. Since then, Shayna has taken the musical pulse of the city and translated its long history into a sound that resonates throughout her debut EP, The Cold Hard Truth and the Dream. The EP, consisting of three original songs and produced by Mitchell Cohen (... [Read More about Shayna Leigh]

 Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins Performance Review, Chicago

What happened to one of the Top 5 from the Voice?

Story and photo/video by Dan Locke

On November 22, 2014 in Chicago,I had the chance to see Kat Perkins, who was one of the Top 5 from NBC show The Voice television Series. Being a photographer I had seen and photographed people from all three shows (American You Got Talent, American Idol, The Voice, Both the winners and the losers. Even if you ... [Read More about Kat Perkins]

K Michelle

K Michelle

K. Michelle's Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?

Coming off the smash season finale of her hit VH1 show “K. Michelle: My Life,” singer/songwriter K. Michelle debuts at the #1 spot on the iTunes’ Top R&B/Soul Album chart, #2 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart with her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?. The album, released last week on December 9th, debuted #6 on the Billboard Top 200, making this the top debut of 2014 for a female R&B artist.

... [Read More about K Michelle]
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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  

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]

 

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals  

Philip Anselmo, legendary frontman of Pantera and Down, will release his career-first solo album, Walk Through Exits Only, on July 16 via his own Housecore Records (MRI/Megaforce). Walk Through Exits Only will be available digitally, on CD and on vinyl.

Produced by Philip Anselmo and Mich... [Read More]

Live Concert Reviews Live Concert Reviews Live Concert Reviews
Stereophonics  

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]

B.B. King  

The thrill may be gone at times, but the King keeps going. B.B. King played the Chicago House of Blues, this past Thursday and Friday, to sold out crowds of adoring fans. While he did play an hour and a half set, he didn't seem to be on his top game.

B.B. King, ... [Read More]

Garth Brooks  

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]

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Beyonce (2013)  

The Queen of Pop has stunned us all yet again. Friday the 13th at midnight, Beyonce released her long awaited fourth album self-titled “BEYONCE” via iTunes. The 32 track visual record was a total shock to her fans and to the music industry, for there has never been an artist in history to release... [Read More]

De Staat - Vinticious Versions (2014)  

Unlike their name proclaims, De Staat is not performing their music in Dutch. That being said, this band has established international fame with their infectious rock/crossover tunes with stoner guitar walls and Britpop infected harmonies, which landed them slots on acclaimed festivals as Lowland... [Read More]

Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (2014)  

Road Trip through Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters is what I call a "phoenix" band. Not because they got a degree online, but because they have risen from the ashes of a band that faded too soon. Like New Order came from Joy Division, Foo Fighters was born in the wake of Nirvana's e... [Read More]

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Courney Love  

Liquid heat in a Chicago summer. I'm at the House of Blues waiting for a night where I can't expect or anticipate anything. The venue reeks of a former glory in the process of cashing out. A man stands in the bathroom reading an iPad waiting for his tip. There are tables near the stage, but you have to pay extra for a seat. The bar televisions use security cameras to relay a grainy stage feed for general admission holders. Apparently onl... [Read More][View Gallery]

Slayer  

"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]

Lita Ford

 

Grammy award winner Lita Ford is back and in full attack mode. From a shaky return in 2009 with her album "Wicked Wonderland" which we can all delete from our playlist now, she showcased a strong set of new songs from her eighth studio album "Living Like a Runaway" and of course tossed in her timeless classic hits.

Lita opened the night with the Elton John hit "Bitch is Back" and performed other new son... [Read More][View Gallery]

Movie Reviews Movie Reviews Movie Reviews
Saxon: Heavy Metal Thunder (2012)  

Saxon: Heavy Metal Thunder The Movie (2012)

Working class heroes, New Wavy of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), heavy metal, and heroes; all these sum up the mighty Saxon. The band around charismatic shouter Biff Byford stood the test of time. Saxon is a test of time which was loaded with mischief. Saxon not only suffered from bad management, band intrigues and break ups, in addition Saxon suffered from the (many) turn of tides as well. But always and forever, Saxon proved to be as solid as a rock, not giving in to hatred and mishaps....[Read More]

Amnesiac (2013)  

Amnesiac (2013)

Amnesiac follows two parallel stories - Kate, a disturbed mother grieving the loss of her baby son and Alex, an equally disturbed and malevolent spirit, seemingly trapped in the afterlife to relive the horrors of his past. For Kate, she has secluded herself in the nursery, has become obsessed with the occult, covering the walls with newspaper clippings, photographs, and marking the walls with strange symbols and phrases. The room is filthy and trash litters the room and crib. Meanwhile, Alex wanders an English country side, spewing depressing poetry, and digs a shallow grave for poorly wrapped and dripping human body parts....[Read More]

Iron Man 3  

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3 picks up where The Avengers movie left off. Tony Stark finds himself suffering from anxiety after his encounter with the aliens in New York and while he is going through his personal turmoil, a terrorist who calls himself The Mandarin, is wreaking havoc on the rest of the world. Tony's relationship with Pepper has become strained and previous encounters in Tony's life come back to haunt him as the story unfolds....[Read More]