Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chicago’s World Music Festival celebrates an eclectic variety of music from around the globe ]]> Lead story image

Here’s a sampling of the eclectic performers at World Music Festival Chicago. The free shows are scheduled at venues across the city. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ed Sheeran proves an unlikely rock star at Allstate Arena ]]>

The 23-year-old U.K. sensation, in the throes of his first-ever North American headlining tour, doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a megawatt entertainer. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:38:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT — The Fixx ]]> Lead story image

The best Fixx songs engage both the hips and the head. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Riot Fest & Rise Against: Two Chicago punk legends grow up together ]]> Lead story image

Tim McIlrath is not just headlining Riot Fest this weekend with his hardcore punk group Rise Against, he is also a fan. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:20:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Garth Brooks doesn’t miss a beat in long-awaited return to touring ]]> Lead story image

A few songs into his show Thursday, Garth Brooks stopped for a moment, bent over to hold his knees and let the audience into his head: “I’m 107 years old.” ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:05:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Michelle Williams stages a musical comeback ]]> Lead story image

Gospel, twerking and ratchet are terms not often heard in the same sentence. But when it comes to Michelle Williams, the former Destiny’s Child member now known for her inspirational bent, such combinations make total sense. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:58:03 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![CDATA[ Just hours before kicking off his world tour, Garth Brooks is ready for ‘game day’ ]]> Lead story image

Country superstar Garth Brooks holds court with the media today in Rosemont during a press conference just hours before he was to kick off his hugely anticipated world tour at the Allstate Arena. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:04:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Handsome Family returns to Chicago for Hideout festival ]]> Lead story image

The Handsome Family is a small one: Just two people, Brett and Rennie Sparks, a married couple that started making music in Chicago where they were part of a then-flourishing roots music scene in the mid-1990s. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:58:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago Symphony Orchestra names Jeff Alexander as new president ]]>

Nearly nine months after Deborah F. Rutter announced that she would be leaving her post as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association after a hugely successful 11-year run, the CSO parent organization announced her successor Wednesday. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:36:43 -0600 <![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 13:36:56 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![CDATA[ 5SOS joins One Direction for tour stop at Soldier Field ]]> Lead story image

Five Seconds of Summer is having quite the season. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:41:33 -0600 <![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 17:12:01 -0600 <![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 -0600