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Lush harmonies, arrangements propel Moonrise Nation

The stars are aligning for ’60s-sounding trio Moonrise Nation, who headline Lincoln Hall Saturday night.

Steans singers’ closing program a theatrical feast

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The Steans Program for Singers closed out its calendar Monday night at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall.

Taylor Swift sets country aside, records “official pop album”

Coming in October, “1989” honors the year she was born and the sounds of the late ’80s.

Michael Cera pulls off surprise album release

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Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen …

Mark Lewisohn, Mike Pender are among the celeb lineup at The Fest for Beatles Fans.

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Mike Pender has never included Beatles songs in his show. For this weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans, the Searchers singer and guitarist will make an exception. Pender is one of the musical headliners for the 38th annual Chicago fest along with Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz, …

William Bolcom to premiere ‘Millennium’ at Grant Park Music Festival

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When the Grant Park Music Festival decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer by commissioning a composer to write a work for the occasion, an obvious candidate quickly emerged: William Bolcom.

Post-KISS, Ace Frehley all about the solo work

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Eight years sober, the guitarist says his new “Space Invader” shows “that I am more focused these days.”

Alexander Kariotis honors late brother in rock opera style

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From growing up in Elmhurst to becoming one of the brightest stars in the grandiose rock opera tradition, Alexander Kariotis’ life is profiled on an album including collaborations with jazz purveyor David Sanborn and Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels.

Chaka Khan headlines benefit concert in Chicago

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Headlining the Chicago Theatre on Saturday night in support of the Music Is My First Love outreach program and the Red Pump Project, Chaka Kahn is giving back in a big way.

Collaborative album introduces two new nations to Lila Downs

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Project widens Downs’ reach by teaming her with Argentina’s Soledad Pastorutti and Spain’s Nina Pastori, and the singer-songwriter says response so far has been “very positive.”

Beyonce to perform at MTV Video Music Awards; to receive vanguard honor

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Beyonce is set to have a “Flawless” night at the MTV Video Music Awards where she is nominated for 8 awards, performing, and receiving the Vanguard Award.

Wisconsin’s Phox picking up steam with high-level exposure

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In recent years, some interesting young bands have come out of Wisconsin. Artists such as Bon Iver (Eau Claire), Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons (Appleton) and Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts (Milwaukee) have all found fans outside of the Dairy State.

Now journeying …

Florida Georgia Line finds life beyond ‘Cruise’

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Country hitmakers prepare to release sophomore album.

Tori Amos embracing milestones on- and off-stage

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For singer-songwriter, turning 50 and putting out her 14th album used to be merely “a hunch and a hope and a wish and a wing and a prayer.”

Emily Dickinson poems the basis for Kiri Te Kanawa celebratory work

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Sopranos celebrates milestone birthday at Ravinia with composer Jake Heggie’s new work in her honor.

CSO, Ludwig Wicki primed for ‘Lord of the Rings’

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The Swiss conductor will take the Ravinia podium to conduct Howard Shore’s “simple but beautiful” score for the last of the “Rings” trilogy.