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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
After almost a half-century, the multinational band of freaks known as Gong keeps making noise. I See You sounds more cohesive and listenable than it deserves to—especially considering that co-founder, vocalist and chief lyricist Daevid Allen turned 77 years old in January and wrote the
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Singer-guitarist Christian Lopez is only 19 years old, yet he has shared bills with the Zac Brown Band and the Dave Matthews Band. Now he’s fronting the Christian Lopez Band, a folksy rock group out of West Virginia that recently released its debut EP, Pilot—five songs with a little Phillip
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
If 2011’s intimate 4 A.M. suggested that Sam Llanas wanted to move beyond the BoDeans, The Whole Night Thru acknowledges he’s not quite ready to surrender the sound that made him famous. The singer-guitarist’s third solo album opens with “Deja Vú,” a dark mid-tempo rocker more vivid and
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Most so-called hair bands—save heavy hitters like Bon Jovi and Mötely Crüe—have faded even more than that denim jacket you used to wear. Then there’s Lillian Axe. Although the Louisiana band enjoyed limited success via MTV hits like “Show A Little Love” and “Dream of a Lifetime,” Lillian Axe
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Saturday, June 28 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 5 p.m.

 What? The Yardbirds are still around after more than 50 years? Well, not exactly. The British blues band that spawned a holy trinity of guitar gods with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page initially had a five-year run, from 1963 to 1968, with such hits as “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul”
Monday, June 16, 2014

Tuesday, July 1 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.

 Like Skillet, Flyleaf and P.O.D., Switchfoot initially gained success in the Christian rock marketplace, releasing three albums between 1997 and 2000 before hitting the mainstream with 2004’s The Beautiful Letdown and its Top 10 single, “Dare You to Move.” Since then, the band has released five