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Interview: Peyton Bighorse From Indie Pop/Punk Band, ‘Skating Polly’

Peyton Bighorse of Skating Polly, photo by Jeff Doles

CHICAGO – A fiery phoenix rising from grunge and punk rock ashes, Skating Polly brings youthful hope to anyone looking for in-your-face, high energy, furious live performances. The talented trio alternate instruments and create a new form of music they call “Ugly Pop.” They performed at Schuba’s in Chicago on May 2nd, 2019.

Photo Gallery: Chicago Open Air in Bridgeview on May 18 & 19, 2019

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In this Moment, photo by Jeff Doles. Chicago Open Air 1 of 9

BRIDGEVIEW, ILL. - Chicago Open Air is an annual concert held in Bridgeview, Illinois, that features several rock and metal acts. After not happening in 2018, the festival returned for weekend of rock at SeetGeek Stadium. 2019 headliners included System of a Down, Tool, Ghost and The Cult. Photographers Jeff and Isabella Doles of HollywoodChicago.com were there.

Interview: Alecia “Mixi” Demner, Singer & Songwriter from ‘Stitched Up Heart’

Stitched Up Heart, photo by Jeff Doles

CHICAGO – Hard rock to their core, the band “Stitched Up Heart” combine powerful vocals and soulful lyrics to make the band a rock ‘n’ roll force to be reckoned with … Stitched Up Heart recently released their new track “Lost,” featuring Godsmack front man Sully Erna. “Lost” is the first track released off their upcoming sophomore LP that will be released in the fall.

Interview: Leah Martin-Brown, Lead Singer of ‘Evol Walks’

Leah Martin-Brown of 'Evol Walks'

CHICAGO – With a healthy dose of attitude, a dynamite lead singer and a predilection for time-honored rock ‘n’ roll, “Evol Walks” is a band that has rapidly emerged as a heavyweight contender. Now based in Los Angeles, Evol Walks has produced an EP, earned plaudits from artists and fans around the world, and played across three continents. The band’s hard edge takes its inspiration from the giants of heavy music, from roots in AC/DC and Black Sabbath, as well as Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, Stone Sour and Monster Magnet, plus gives it a modern tweak.

Interview: Dillon Schneider of ‘Best Video’ Nominee at American Country Music Awards

Dillon Schneider

CHICAGO – Dillon Schneider is the quintessential local man made good. A graduate of Chicagoland’s Barrington High School and the city’s Columbia College, Schneider was the cinematographer for the music video “Burn Out” by Midland, which is nominated for Best Video at the 54th American Country Music (ACM) Awards, coming up on April 7th, 2019.

Photo Gallery: The Darbies Perform at the RocHaus on April 5, 2019

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WEST DUNDEE, Ill. – The Darbies are a rock n roll quartet forged in the majestic and azure city-tide of the west end of Los Angeles. Like many bands before them, The Darbies are tinged with that peculiar, mythic brilliance that characterizes the musical portraiture of the teeming Los Angeles soundscape. Young, ambitious, persistent and forged with an undeniable devil-may-care-vintage-rock swagger, The Darbies are climbing to the top with a rapidity matched only by the sweltering charisma of their captivating musical presence, and breathtakingly cathartic live performances.

Photo Gallery: City of the Weak at Beat Kitchen on Mar. 29, 2019

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CHICAGO – City of the Weak captures a modern rock ‘n roll sound by combining catchy pop melodies with aggressive guitar riffs – and moving bass lines – to create a genre of their own. The band is best known for their intensity and passion on stage, as well as their fearless personalities off the stage. City of the Weak is a female fronted band and was formed in 2012. Their first full length album “Pulling Teeth” was released in June of 2017.

Photo Gallery: Mike Mains & the Branches at GMan Tavern in Chicago

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CHICAGO – Known for their catchy, free-associating indie pop-rock melodies, Mike Mains & The Branches invites diverse comparisons to acts such as Foster The People, Young the Giant, The Killers, and Arcade Fire, with each comparison act a genuine facet of the band’s energetic and often soul-searching music. “Calm Down, Everything Is Fine” was released in 2014, and the album hit the top 20 ranking on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart. The band will release their new album, “When We Were In Love” in Spring 2019.

Photo Gallery: Meek Mill 'The Motivation Tour' at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, Mar. 8, 2019

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Meek Mill: The Motivation Tour at Aragon Ballroom 1 of 2.

CHICAGO – “The Motivation Tour,” headlined by Meek Mill (also known as Robert Rihmeek Williams), was unleashed at Chicago’s historic Aragon Ballroom on March 8th, 2019. The rapper and activist is known for his debut album “Dreams and Nightmares” and his latest “Championships,” and is known for his collaborations with Drake and T.I.


Photo Gallery: Mike Tramp of White Lion at the RocHaus, Mar. 9, 2019

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White Lion lead singer Mike Tramp performs at the RocHaus, 1 of 5.

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. – It’s been almost five years since rock singer Mike Tramp announced that his signature group, White Lion, was finally over. White Lion was a Danish/American rock band that began in 1983, and had their biggest hits four years later on the album “Pride” … “Wait” and “When Children Cry.” Mike Tramp performed at the RocHaus in West Dundee on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, and brought his acoustic guitar, rustic voice and passion for singing/storytelling to the stage.

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