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Aloe Blacc headlines Chicago’s Global Citizen’s Night

Aloe Blacc finds himself at that eminent moment of his career where he can do no wrong — so he is doing something so right.

Spektral Quartet, Seraphic Fire lack clarity in dual concert


Miami-based chamber chorus Seraphic Fire and Chicago’s Spektral Quartet joined forces Wednesday night for an even rarer pairing — two quite different versions of the same work, Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on The Cross” — essentially performed at the same time.

In the Spotlight: Butch Walker/ Petty Fest Chiago


The popular mythology of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle is rooted in unrestrained indulgence. If Bob Geldof taught people anything with his massive Live Aid concerts, however, it’s that great music provides a means to rally compassionate people around a good cause. On Wednesday, Metro …

Mason Jennings changes things up on new album


Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings found the path to his future at an early age. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he saw music as his salvation.

Chevelle still in the right place at the right time


Sam Loeffler is waxing nostalgic about the time Chevelle scored its first real gig in Chicago the late ’90s.

Donnie McClurkin delivers Lord’s message through music


Perhaps best known for writing and performing soul-stirring, memorable gospel cuts, including 1996’s “Stand,” Donnie McClurkin returns to Chicago on Good Friday to perform at Christ Universal Temple.

Il Divo celebrates Broadway


The hunky members of Il Divo are doing something pretty risky on their latest tour. Rather than performing the songs that made them platinum-selling recording artists, they are turning all their attention to their latest album, the Broadway-themed “A Musical Affair.”

Fans of the group …

Concert review: The National at the Chicago Theatre


The National, if they weren’t making music, looks like they could be buzzing around the office of a start-up internet company.

The National’s Matt Berninger approaches his writing process with two staples: headphones and wine


Matt Berninger may be the deepest thinker of modern rock. He certainly dresses the part.

Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet triumph in Brahms-Mozart program


It was the kind of homecoming South Side native clarinet star Anthony McGill most enjoys. No speeches, no singling him out, just the chance to play great classical music with highly collaborative colleagues — this time the Pacifica Quartet — and a keenly attentive audience.

Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival


Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year. The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as …

Retailers bring back the indie scene with Record Store Day


Now in its seventh year, the day is intended to reward fans with limited edition releases from artists ranging from Jack White to the Everly Brothers, but the underlying result is that neighborhood shops are feted all day, not just with sales, but via crowds showing up for live performances, giveaways, contests, food, video screenings, and more.

Keb’ Mo’ adds to his musical legacy with ‘BLUESAmericana’


Keb’ Mo’ is poised to unleash his first album in three years, “BLUESAmericana.” As the 63-year old Mo’, born Kevin Moore, said in a recent phone call, “If you make one good one, that’s all you need for a while, y’know?”

Salonen, Tetzlaff , CSO combine for mighty Spring program


The growing and invigorating relationship between composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues to bloom this week at Orchestra Hall.

Emmylou Harris’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ anniversary wholly celebrated


When Emmylou Harris visits Chicago on Tuesday, she’ll celebrate a singular milestone from her decades-long career. Released in 1995, Harris’ 18th studio album “Wrecking Ball” marked a point of reinvention.

No illusion to Phantogram’s success


The electric pop duo makes old new again with the hit single “Fall in Love.”