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Funky psychedelic prog band Nektar returns with a light show to scramble your brains

The history of improbably successful and long-lasting 70s prog band Nektar is a complicated one. The story starts in 1968, when four British lads—guitarist-singer Roye Albrighton, keyboardist-vocalist Allan Freeman, bassist-singer-Mellotron player Derek Moore, and drummer Ron Howden—met at the Star Club in Hamburg (where another group of British lads, the Beatles, famously cut their teeth). […]

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The 22nd annual Holiday of Horror puts the “slay” in sleigh bells

For 22 years, south-side murder-metal legends Macabre have been running their Holiday of Horror festival, enabling Chicago metalheads to blow off seasonal stress in a cathartic evening of joyous brutality. This year’s fest features an all-local lineup of live music across two stages at Reggies’. The main-stage lineup in the Rock Club includes Macabre, of […]

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The second Chicago Doomed and Stoned Festival gets lit with three heavyweight headliners

For its second year, the first with new partners Empire Productions, the two-day Chicago Doomed and Stoned Festival has scored some big names: on Friday the headliners are Florida heavy legends Torche, warming up for the July arrival of their new album, Admission; on Saturday, they’re occult-rock primogenitors Coven, who formed in Chicago in the […]