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Heart stays the course and stands the test of time

Two sisters fronting a rock band in the early ’70s was a rarity, but that fact never fazed Ann and Nancy Wilson, the women who provide the songs and the voices behind Heart. After four decades, 30 million albums sold and induction into the Rock …

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The Bangles reboot as stripped-down, power-pop trio

Although The Bangles are most often remembered for their kitschy 1980s hits such as “Manic Monday” and the pre-twerking dance phenomenon “Walk Like an Egyptian,” the California group never really set out to be a pop band. It’s a fact listeners will uncover when the …

National Youth Orchestra makes grand Chicago debut at Grant Park Music Festival

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Lovers and presenters of classical music have legitimate concerns about the future of audiences for their art forms. Some, such as Peter Gelb of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, respond with handwringing and doomsaying. Others, such as former Chicago Symphony Orchestra president Deborah F. Rutter, with …

The Sitdown: Karen Teitelbaum, CEO of Sinai Health System

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Speech pathologist. Owner of a physical rehabilitation business. Executive positions for numerous hospitals in the Chicago area. Karen Teitelbaum has worn her share of hats in the health care world. As of July 1, she’s the new president and chief executive officer for Sinai Health System, which operates Mount Sinai Hospital and two other hospitals on the South and Southwest sides.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum stages Beyonce exhibit

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A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers.

Laura Cantrell finds new meaning via her latest collection of original tunes

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The last we heard from Laura Cantrell was the 2011 album “Kitty Wells Dresses,” on which she covered songs originally performed by her country music heroine. The great tunes on this lovingly produced disc were a perfect match for Cantrell’s singing style that harkens back …

Corey Smith finding his country music bearings

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Country music’s Corey Smith says his upcoming album will reflect the powerhouse live shows he and his band are known for.

Jurassic 5 rekindles the magic with reunion tour

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It was the reunion no one saw coming. An “older” and “wiser” Jurassic 5 reunites for 20th anniversary tour.

Joe Perry jazzed about new Aerosmith tour, new book — and Paul McCartney

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Joe Perry is a very busy guy these days. There’s the new Aerosmith tour, a new book and a “private” project with Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp.

Shoes finally find its stride as a live act

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Only now, after 40 years, have the self-created, cult-heroic studio rats known as Shoes truly hit their stride as a live act.

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Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails revisit the past during current tour

In the summer of 1994, Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden and Midwest industrial metal enthusiasts Nine Inch Nails were at the prime of their careers at a time when alternative styles of rock music ruled the radio and album sales still molded megastars.

Common’s new album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ offers a surprising showcase of Chicago hip hop

This album is a lot of things but mostly it’s thoughtful in its approach to describing the problems and the life of Chicago.

James Conlon again spotlights music silenced by Third Reich

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The Ravinia Festival music director opens this summer’s stay with chamber music by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Dan + Shay riding a tidal wave of success, but staying true to their music

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Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay is a real smart guy.

A boy from Pennsylvania that was always good at math, Smyers attended Carnegie Mellon University as a finance major. He worked hard to graduate in three years so he could get back to his …

IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Phish

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If Phish sells out one night of a multi-night stand, you can expect the entire run to follow suit. That’s because the band is the focus of a community that observes Phish dates like joyful family reunions. It’s easy to get caught in the crowd’s …

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The mix Some cool things to do this weekend and beyond. to your health The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 5K is set for Grant Park on July 20. An after-festival takes place in Butler Field. On July 18-19, a health & fitness …