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Who : Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 10/9/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem finds The Who’s 'Moving On!' tour at the Blossom Music Center at Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio, off the heels of a new release. drawing from seven albums and embellished by live, local orchestral arrangements.

John Prine : Pavilion, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, 8/6/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches septuagenarian singer-songwriter John Prine at the Pavilion in Ravinia Park in Illinois play a life-affirming set.

Elliott Murphy : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects on 'Just A Story from America', singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy’s frank and humorous account of his illustrious career, abrupt challenges and imaginative resurgence.

Jefferson Airplane : Sweeping Up The Spotlight: Live at the Fillmore East 1969 - Favourite Album Reviews
Lisa Torem finds that this Jefferson Airplane live album, which was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969 and features hits and fillers, exemplifies the Summer of Love experience.

Earl Slick : Interview - Interviews
New York guitarist Earl Slick talks to Lisa Torem about performing with former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, and his experiences working with David Bowie and John Lennon.

James Williamson : Interview - Interviews
Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson speaks to Lisa Torem about several new projects that he is presently involved in, including a remake of 1960s girl-group classic, ‘Leader of The Pack’.

Bill German : Interview - Interviews
Lisa Torem speaks to Bill German, who spent seventeen years as a journalist during the heyday of the Rolling Stones, during which time his ‘zine, 'Beggars Banquet', became a “must-have” bible for many of the group's fans.

Rolling Stones : Soldier Field, Chicago, 21/6/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem got her share of 'Satisfaction' as the World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band resume their postponed tour at Soldier Field, Chicago.

Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan : Ravinia Pavilion, Highland Park, Illlinois, 6/7/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches co-headliners Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan perform many of their greatest hits at the Ravinia Pavilion at Highland Park, Illinois.

George Martin : Raging Pages - Features
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' finds that George Martin’s memoir 'All You Need is Ears' remains as timeless as ever and is essential reading for all musicians.

John Mayall : Interview - Interviews
On the heels of new album, ‘Nobody Told Me’, and looking forward to an extensive UK tour in November with new guitarist Carolyn Wonderland plus Greg Rzab and Jay Davenport, Lisa Torem finds that British blues legend John Mayall has much to talk about.

Charlie Young : Interview - Interviews
Imagine finding yourself suddenly responsible for bringing to life the captivating music of some of the earliest American recording artists. Charlie Young tells Lisa Torem how he did that and more with his 'Unheard of Jazz' podcast.

Adele Koltun : Interview - Interviews
Oregon drummer Adele Koltun's youthful enthusiasm for playing live is contagious, even though she learned the instrument later in life. 'Crash' Koltun talks to Lisa Torem about overcoming fear and finding passion, whatever one's age.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall : City Winery, Chicago, 4/5/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and their trio play a generous set of hits, sweeping their audience through several decades of magical material.

Chick Corea With Bela Fleck : Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/5/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches East Coast musicians jazz/fusion pianist Chick Corea and banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck trade impressive licks at Chicago’s Old Town School before a packed house.

Bob Marley : Raging Pages - Features
in her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines Brett Hagerman's fantastic new book, 'Bob Marley FAQ'.

Lani Hall Alpert : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds jazz singer and musician Lani Hall Alpert distilling hard-scrabble Chicago life, debilitating illness, crummy therapists, disoriented hitchhikers and more in her first book 'Emotional Memoirs and Short Stories'.

Kevin Armstrong : Interview - Interviews
British guitarist/songwriter/producer Kevin Armstrong’s new album, ‘Run’ is rife with exciting tracks. He talks about the new release as well as working with legends such as Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

Lani Hall : Interview - Interviews
Singer/producer Lani Hall discusses her evocative book 'Emotional Memoirs and Short Stories', her international singing career and what keeps her current

Dhani Harrison : Interview 2016 - Interviews
Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison and Olivia Harrison, has formed several bands and most recently released a solo album. In this 2016 archival interview he spoke to Lisa Torem before a show in Chicago.

Jim Summaria and Mark Plotnick : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds a Chicagoland concert photographer and writer recalling once-in-a lifetime classic rock moments

Tony Visconti : Interview - Interviews
Seminal producer Tony Visconti talks about working with drummer Woody Woodmansey with Holy Holy, recording with David Bowie in the studio and his legacy.

Mud Morganfield : Space, Evanston, 4/1/2019 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem finds bringing in the aftermath of the new year to be a delight when Mud Morganfield aka Muddy Waters Jr. and his band unleashed fresh cuts from his latest album ‘They Call Me Mud’ as well as classics.

Bruce Iglauer/Alligator Records : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Chicago-based writer Lisa Torem finds ‘Bitten by the Blues’ about the Windy City label, Alligator Records, to be a compelling, frank and informative read.

Third Rail : ID Music - Favourite Album Reviews
Lisa Torem finds that the Third Rail’s 1967 only album ‘ID Music’ is somewhat dated, yet a fine period piece for those with fond memories of an earlier time.

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