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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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Bret Michaels

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’

Rudderless, Billy Crudup Anton Yelchin

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’

Rudderless, Billy Crudup Anton Yelchin

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.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 CD, DVD Combo Packs to Slash’s First Live Solo Album ‘Made in Stoke 24/7/11’

Slash's live solo album Made in Stoke 24/7/11

CHICAGO – In our latest live solo album edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Music, we have 3 special-edition CD and DVD combo packs up for grabs for Slash’s first-ever live solo album “Made in Stoke 24/7/11” from the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter!

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  • Monica Raymund on set for 'Tanya'

    CHICAGOTV fans know Monica Raymund as paramedic Gabby Dawson on the long-running “Chicago Fire.” But the talented actor is expanding her range, debuting her first film as director, “Tanya,” at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. The short film – written by Sam Forman – will be part of “Female Filmmakers Night” at the Midwest Indie, and is part of Raymund’s involvement with Hidden Tears Project, an organization dedicated to raising consciousness by creating media on gender inequality, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

  • They're Playing Our Song

    CHICAGO – During the late disco era of the 1970s, an unusual musical opened on Broadway. Essentially a two person stage play, “They’re Playing Our Song” involved a songwriter and a lyricist who develop a stronger connection than just writing partners. The always passionate Brown Paper Box Co. of Chicago has unearthed this chestnut with a bright and fun revival at the Rivendell Theatre through August 20th, 2017.

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