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Ringo Starr : BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee, 8/9/2018 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band entertain a multi-generational crowd at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion for two exhilarating hours.

Geoff Emerick : Raging Pages - Features
At nineteen, the late Geoff Emerick became the Beatles' chief engineer and greatly influenced 'Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band', 'Revolver' and 'Abbey Road'. Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' book column reviews his book, 'Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles'.

Benjamin Orr : Raging Pages - Features
Lisa Torem finds that 'Let's Go!', Joe Milliken’s comprehensive book about the late singer/bassist Ben Orr and his career with The Cars is well-researched and peppered with insight.

Roger Daltrey : Pavilion, Highland Park, Illinois, 25/6/2018 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Roger Daltrey, with The Who band, perform a flawless version of Pete Townshend’s 'Tommy' plus more at the popular Pavilion near Chicago at a nearly sold-out gig on a Monday night.

John Clarkson : Interview - Profiles
Pennyblackmusic magazine editor John Clarkson talks to Lisa Torem on its twentieth anniversary about the formation and history of our website.

Jerry Nolan : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem finds that ' Stranded in the Jungle,’ the illuminating story of drummer Jerry Nolan of New York Dolls and Heartbreakers' fame, is a bold reality check into the life of a downward, spiralling talent.

Bacon Brothers : Interview - Interviews
On the eve of a North American tour Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon of Americana act the Bacon Brothers talk to Lisa Torem about their new self-titled ten-track album.

Michael Bruce : Interview - Interviews
Founding member of the original Alice Cooper Group and guitarist/keyboardist Michael Bruce currently performs with his self-named band. He speaks to Lisa Torem about his recently reissued memoir, ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’.

Michael Bruce : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on former Alice Cooper Group songwriter/pianist/guitarist Michael Bruce's updated memoir 'No More Mr. Nice Guy', which chronicles the group's rise and eventual disbandment and has just been published in an updated edition.

Great Society : Live at the Matrix - Favourite Album Reviews
Lisa Torem reflects on the Great Society’s ‘Live at the Matrix 1966’, which released originally in 1989, honours the San Francisco hippie era/American roots music and the passionate vocals of future Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick.

Rita Coolidge : Interview - Interviews
Rita Coolidge tells Lisa Torem some pre-production back stories, talks about her appreciation for guest artists and explains why true love remains a timeless endeavour

Tomiko Dixon : Interview - Interviews
In her first Pennyblackmusic interview, Chicago-based singer/songwriter Tomiko Dixon unveils her artistic inspirations and desire to explore experiential themes, whilst carrying on the legacy of her grandfather, Willie Dixon

Jann Klose : Interview - Interviews
International singer-songwriter Jann Klose talks to Lisa Torem about the making of new studio album, ‘In Tandem,’ which celebrates the art of collaboration and the personnel that enabled the project to crystalize.

Al Jardine : City Winery, Chicago, 2/4/2018 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem enjoys a sublime night of Beach Boys hits from Al Jardine at the City Winery in Chicago.

Stiff Records : Raging Pages - Features
in her regular 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Richard Balls' book ‘Be Stiff’, which is about the rise and fall of Stiff Records, imbues a classic, cultural relevance and that its heroes made an indelible mark on pop/punk music.

Website of the Month : Chicago Concert Reviews - Website of the Month
Our Website of the Month is Chicago Concert Reviews, the website of Chicago-based writer and photographer Andy Argyrakis, who has been managing it since 2014, offering his steady readership a spectrum of insights.

Zombies : Interview with Colin Blunstone - Interviews
Colin Blunstone’s solo band will perform this April in the UK, as he concurrently continues his role as front man of the Zombies. He chats with Lisa Torem at a sold out show at City Winery, Chicago.

Bob Shiel : Interview - Interviews
Bob Shiel talks to Lisa Torem in a wide-ranging discussion of his entertaining and well-researched book documenting 61 Bob Dylan albums.

Alice Cooper : 50th Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 1 - Profiles
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Alice Cooper Group, Pennyblackmusic has assembled greetings from essential friends and players.

Alice Cooper : 50th Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 2 - Profiles

Zombies : City Winery, Chicago, 20/3/2018 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches the Zombies dedicate an enthralling set at City Winery in Chicago to their late bassist Jim Rodford on their 'Edge of the Rainbow' tour which includes classic and contemporary hits.

Pennyblackmusic : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Lisa Torem, who began writing for Pennyblackmusic in 2008, reflects back on some of her favourite artist interviews and related songs in celebration of the upcoming twenty year anniversary.

Bob Dylan : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Chicago author Bob Shiel with is new book, '61 Highways Revisited — The Albums of Bob Dylan’, does everything Dylan by way of smart, comprehensive reviews and a double-CD of related renditions in which he strums and sings.

Neal Smith : Interview - Interviews
Drummer/percussionist/songwriter Neal Smith discusses with Lisa Torem his early influences, the 2017 UK reunion of the original Alice Cooper group, solo milestones and the alchemy of true friendship.

Tautologic : Interview - Interviews
Ethan Sellers, Chicago-based, co-founder of Chicago prog rock group Tautologic, elaborates with Lisa Torem on the making of new album, ‘Re:Psychle’, on which often-marginalised people are given a voice.

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