Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Billy Corgan at home and at peace with making rock and roll ]]> Lead story image

Corgan is quietly redefining what it is to be a maturing rock star. He has the brand (Pumpkins) when he wants to fire up the stadium rock; he has a neighborhood teashop (Madame ZuZu’s) when he wants to indulge in noise experiments to 30 people. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:30:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brad Paisley turns up the fun on ‘Moonshine’ ]]> Lead story image

Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.” ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Life changing event ]]> Lead story image

Two years ago, when The Cadillac Three were known as The Cadillac Black and the majority of the Joe’s Bar crowd that night were there to see a new country duo called Florida Georgia Line, life changed for drummer Neil Mason. “I remember hanging out in that balcony above the stage and coyly watching (Big Machine Label Group CEO) Scott Borchetta,” recalls Mason. “Big Machine had just signed Florida Georgia Line, which was why Scott was really there, but we had never really talked before. I’m not even sure he knew who the heck we were.” How wrong he was. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:47:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5SOS joins One Direction for tour stop at Soldier Field ]]> Lead story image

Five Seconds of Summer is having quite the season. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:29:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pianist Dan Tepfer blends classical music with jazz improvisation ]]> Lead story image

Dan Tepfer can lay down a captivating take on a standard and swing with the best of them. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rock group the Trews big in Canada, less so in U.S. ]]> Lead story image

The band is counting on live shows south of the border to win over America “one fan at a time.” ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight shot at L.A. nightclub ]]> Lead story image

Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant said. Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s West Hollywood station. The two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to survive. Authorities were still seeking a suspect Sunday afternoon and declined … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges’ sound mirrors his films ]]> Lead story image

Even though he is an Academy Award winner and one of the most respected film actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges has kept things down to earth by making music. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lush harmonies, arrangements propel Moonrise Nation ]]> Lead story image

The stars are aligning for ’60s-sounding trio Moonrise Nation, who headline Lincoln Hall Saturday night. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:05:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Steans singers’ closing program a theatrical feast ]]> Lead story image

The Steans Program for Singers closed out its calendar Monday night at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Cera pulls off surprise album release ]]> Lead story image

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 to them,” he said in an interview Thursday. “It’s really nice that people are paying any attention to it because there’s a lot of stuff to listen to.” The 26-year-old, whose TV and film credits include “Arrested Development,” ”Juno” and “Superbad,” dropped the 18-song album, “true that,” on the Bandcamp website on Aug. 8. He … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:06:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mark Lewisohn, Mike Pender are among the celeb lineup at The Fest for Beatles Fans. ]]> Lead story image

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, fomer Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and Peter Noone, the “Herman” in Herman’s Hermits. And when Pender performs with the house band, Liverpool, he’s going to sing “A Hard Day’s Night.” That’s his tribute to George Harrison, who inspired him to buy the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar that became a big part of the sound for the … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ William Bolcom to premiere ‘Millennium’ at Grant Park Music Festival ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:19:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Post-KISS, Ace Frehley all about the solo work ]]> Lead story image

Eight years sober, the guitarist says his new “Space Invader” shows “that I am more focused these days.” ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alexander Kariotis honors late brother in rock opera style ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:23:48 -0500