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Shoes finally find its stride as a live act

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

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.

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James Conlon again spotlights music silenced by Third Reich

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


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 …



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 …


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 …

The Mekons, Robbie Fulks join together to bring Chicago country music to Scottish Highlands


Try shepherding a sheep along Chicago’s potholed-streets, and it becomes very clear: The broken streets of this city and the beatific Scottish Highlands are worlds apart.

Blues legend Johnny Winter, 70, dies in Switzerland


GENEVA — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world’s consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat.

His contrasting appearance and devotion to the blues pioneers of the …

Tall Heights refined folk sound busking in Boston


Tall Heights is not your normal band. And that’s just the way Tim Harrington and Paul Wright want it.

Lincoln Center to stream Seeger memorial concert


NEW YORK — Lincoln Center in New York says it will offer a live stream from a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi (TOH’-shee). The free concert will be held Sunday at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. It will feature artists and …

Lady Gaga at United Center leads wild, but wildly uneven disco party

If Stefani Germanotta only could get Lady Gaga out of the way of her career.

Garth Brooks’ music finally going digital; new album due


Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music — making his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website.

Tribute band She’s Crafty puts a new twist on Beastie Boys


It’s not every day you hear of an all-female Beastie Boys tribute band. In fact, She’s Crafty may be the only one in the world.

All strings considered by imaginative classical trio Time for Three


Looking and acting more like an indie-rock band, the ensemble reworks music by everyone from Kanye West to the Beatles to Bach.

Smart flute technique keeps James Galway vibrant at 74


That James Galway recently launched an online series of interactive flute tutorials for beginners of all ages hardly comes as a surprise. After all, who knows more about playing the instrument than he does?

Sarah McLachlan celebrates new beginnings with ‘Shine On’


If Sarah McLachlan has a message for anyone listening to her latest album, it’s that there comes a time to just pick up the pieces and “Shine On.”