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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!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 Concert Blu-ray or DVD Movies to ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne

CHICAGO – In our latest concert movie edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Music, we have 3 Blu-rays or DVDs up for grabs for the new release of the legendary Ozzy Osbourne’s documentary “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,” which was shot over the course of three years!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 Blu-rays or DVDs to Usher’s ‘OMG Tour: Live From London’

CHICAGO – In our latest music tour edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Music, we have 3 Blu-rays or DVDs up for grabs for the home entertainment release of Usher’s “OMG Tour: Live From London”!

Slideshow: Rising Rocker Lauren Wolf Seduces Crowd With Powerhouse Vocals, Infectious Band

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Lauren Wolf (lead vocals)

CHICAGO – The Original Mother’s in Chicago lit up on July 28, 2011 when soulful rocker Lauren Wolf and her electrifying band held the CD release party for “All My Secrets”.

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