Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ The National’s Matt Berninger approaches his writing process with two staples: headphones and wine ]]> Lead story image

Matt Berninger may be the deepest thinker of modern rock. He certainly dresses the part. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:05:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Anthony McGill, Pacifica Quartet triumph in Brahms-Mozart program ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:20:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival ]]> Lead story image

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 “Hey Ya!,” “Ms. Jackson,” “The Way You Move,” “Elevators (Me & You),” and “So Fresh, So Clean.” The Grammy winners performed two dozen tracks — seen via its livestream on YouTube — as they celebrated 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” “Hey Coachella, are y’all alive?” Andre 3000 asked … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:25:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Retailers bring back the indie scene with Record Store Day ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:31:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Keb’ Mo’ adds to his musical legacy with ‘BLUESAmericana’ ]]> Lead story image

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?” ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:25:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Salonen, Tetzlaff , CSO combine for mighty Spring program ]]> Lead story image

The growing and invigorating relationship between composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues to bloom this week at Orchestra Hall. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:13:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emmylou Harris’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ anniversary wholly celebrated ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:34:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ No illusion to Phantogram’s success ]]> Lead story image

The electric pop duo makes old new again with the hit single “Fall in Love.” ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:14:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Christina Perri has her music all figured out ]]> Lead story image

Once you get past her sensitive, yet strong, voice and her breathtaking beauty, you find that singer-songwriter Christina Perri has one more endearing gift. She is a freak when it comes to numbers. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:40:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dead Rider fuses metal, funk on ‘Chills on Glass’ ]]> Lead story image

Maintaining the balancing act between mad-hatted musical ideas and strict craftsmanship creates “fertile ground” of creativity for Chicago band Dead Rider. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:18:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Concert review: St. Vincent at the Riveria ]]> Lead story image

The sold-out crowd at the Riviera may not have expected what Annie Clark delivered Saturday. As St. Vincent, Clark presents an unusual visual: Sleek black dress, a shock of thick, silvery hair, and petite synchronization of her feet, moving backward and forward, while playing guitar. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:09:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Salonen’s insights lift CSO ]]> Lead story image

The partnership of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen has become what might be called a win-win-win-win: The orchestra connects strongly with this provocative but thoughtful leader. Salonen gets a regular role with a great orchestra. Muti knows that 20th century repertoire is in excellent hands. And audiences get penetrating performances and edge-of-the-seat excitement. ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:03:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kurt Cobain inspires musicmakers 20 years later ]]> Lead story image

It’s been two decades since Kurt Cobain took his own life on April 5, 1994, at age 27, yet he remains an important cultural touchstone for those he influenced and entertained in his short-lived career. ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Parker Millsap gets to the very soul of his music ]]> Lead story image

Much has been said about SXSW sensation Parker Millsap’s Pentecostal upbringing, as if the 21-year-old with the vigorous live show was somehow sent down from above to restore our collective faith in music. Or maybe that’s just being a tad overdramatic. “I just wake up every day hoping to pay the bills and write another good song,” the native Oklahoman says nonchalantly from Nashville, the city which essentially discovered the musical mastermind during a songwriter’s festival just two short years ago. “If things keep going well, maybe I will even get to buy myself a new guitar.” Yet, despite his … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:16:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Blue’ Lady — Madeleine Peyroux pays tribute to Ray Charles ]]> Lead story image

If you like the smooth jazz sounds of Billie Holiday, give Madeleine Peyroux a try. Peyroux, who seamlessly blends jazz, blues, country and pop into a lush yet stripped-down mix, performs in concert April 6 at The McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. She will present songs from her latest album, “The Blue Room,” a tribute to the seminal Ray Charles album, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.” Born in Athens, Ga., and raised in New York and California, Peyroux moved with her mother to Paris at age 13 when her parents divorced. Two … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:45:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Against Me! singer uses music to address transition ]]> Lead story image

It was “a really good feeling” making an album about being transgender. ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:04:01 -0500