The mighty SlayerThe UIC Pavilion really is a lousy place to see a concert—more even than the United Center or the Allstate Arena, it can never shake that sports dome ambience, and of course the sound is miserable—and I never have been much of a fan of openers Testament or Meg
Chalk it up to the lingering Lollapalooza hangover or the dog days of summer slowing everybody down, including the folks in club land; whatever the reason, the pickings for great live rock 'n' roll are slim this weekend -- though, as always, there are a few reasons to venture out if you dig a bit.
SlutterThe dog days of summer are upon us, and if you aren't scouring the club listings, it can seem as if there's nothing going on but street fairs and mega-festivals. But dig a little deeper, and there are plenty of reasons still to head to the clubs.
Though, needless to say, the fifth (or sixth, if we count its first year as Intonation) Pitchfork Music Festival is the major musical event in town this weekend, and one of the biggest nationally, for that matter, all three days already are sold-out.
Sky White Tiger As a rock obsessive growing up just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, it was a right of passage at a certain age to venture to the Hayden Planetarium to experience the wonders of Laserium.