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Exclusive Photos: Acclaimed Rappers G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Jan. 16, 2016

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CHICAGO – Acclaimed rappers G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg performed at a packed show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on Jan. 16, 2016. The HollywoodChicago.com lens captured all the action.

Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago: HollywoodChicago.com’s 3-Day Montage in 3 Minutes

CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com spent 30 hours on our feet over 3 days to capture the soul of Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago. Then we edited it down to the best 3 minutes for your viewing pleasure.

Exclusive Slideshow: Bret Michaels of Poison, ‘Rock of Love’ Fame at 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party

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CHICAGOBret Michaels of Poison and “Rock of Love” fame recently rocked the stage at the first-annual 2015 CineFest Backlot Block Party behind Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. We present these exclusive action photos from the Aug. 29, 2015 show!

Exclusive Video Interview: Legendary Drummer Paul Bostaph of Slayer at Rockstar Mayhem Festival

CHICAGO (Exclusive) – HollywoodChicago.com is proud to take you inside the mind of legendary heavy metal drummer Paul Bostaph of the thrash metal bands Slayer, Forbidden, Exodus, Systematic and Testament. We sat down with Bostaph on July 12, 2015 at Rockstar Mayhem Festival outside of Chicago in Tinley Park.

DVD Review: William H. Macy’s Sappy Directorial Debut ‘Rudderless’

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CHICAGO – Actor William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless” is a film of open mic songwriting that tackles a recovery from grief with neat lyrics and easy metaphors. Instead of standing out, Macy has provided another sap’s ballad that has the cuteness of “Kumbaya”, one that aims to please the crowd without challenging emotions, only showing them.

Film Review: Direction Proves a Problem For Open Mic Drama ‘Rudderless’

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CHICAGO – Actor William H. Macy’s directorial debut “Rudderless” is a film of open mic songwriting that tackles a recovery from grief with neat lyrics and easy metaphors. Instead of standing out, Macy has provided another sap’s ballad that has the cuteness of “Kumbaya”, one that aims to please the crowd without challenging emotions, only presenting them.

Slideshow: Wu-Tang Clan, Gary Clark Jr. Headline Youthful, EDM-Focused 2013 North Coast Music Festival

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The Wu-Tang Clan at the 2013 North Coast Music Festival.

CHICAGO – With music festivals continuing to explode in Chicago, the 2013 North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) felt like it learned some lessons from master fests like Lollapalooza but needs to keep paying attention.

Slideshow: Courtney Love Needs Her Nicotine at House of Blues Chicago

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Sorry, kids. Mommy needs her nicotine, Courtney Love said during this shot on July 18, 2013 at the House of Blues Chicago.

CHICAGO – From Courtney Love’s first words hitting the stage at her sold-out July 18, 2013 show at the House of Blues Chicago – with a cigarette dangling defiantly from her lips – it was apparent the 1990s grunge queen was back and still all about breaking the rules.

Blu-ray Review: Fascinating Dissection of a Timeless LP in ‘Classic Albums: Peter Gabriel: So’

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CHICAGO – I’m a little biased when it comes to analyzing a documentary about Peter Gabriel. He’s one of the most important musicians of all time, particularly in the way he blended world music and pop in the ’80s, an art form that reached a peak with the timeless “So,” the latest recording analyzed in Eagle Rock’s award-winning “Classic Albums” series of Blu-rays and DVDs. In hindsight, the production is missing a few key players but those who do come to talk about “So” do so with love and insight.

Video: Mamba Battle of the Bands Winner The Lauren Wolf Band Releases ‘One Day’ Music Video

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CHICAGO – In partnership with Live Nation, the Mamba Battle of the Bands on Oct. 1, 2012 named the rising Chicago rock band The Lauren Wolf Band their national grand-prize winner. The prize package includes an upcoming performance at the House of Blues Chicago. In addition, the band on Sunday released its official “One Day” music video.

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  • Kid Thing, The

    CHICAGO – Like the awesome Engine Who Could, the mighty Nothing Without a Company stage crafters have constructed another triumph at their new home in Berger Mansion on Chicago’s north side. “The Kid Thing” – written by Sarah Gubbins – is a terse, convincing and emotional play about fear, identity and breeding, and it is performed by its cast of five with utter authenticity. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Berger North Mansion through April 15th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Wiz, The

    CHICAGO – When stage theater can cause outbreaks of elation, celebration and joy, then it must be due to Kokandy Productions’ revival of “The Wiz.” The urban reinterpretation of “The Wizard of Oz” story – told through tuneful euphoria and jubilant dance – is ecstatically produced, in every morsel of its stagecraft.

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