Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Heart stays the course and stands the test of time ]]> Lead story image

Two sisters fronting a rock band in the early ’70s was a rarity, but that fact never fazed Ann and Nancy Wilson, the women who provide the songs and the voices behind Heart. After four decades, 30 million albums sold and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they are now referred to as the “first ladies of classic rock.” Ann’s rock steady vocals earmarked songs like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man” for entry into classic status. The Wilson’s continue to write original material with a batch of new songs currently in the writing stage. On … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Bangles reboot as stripped-down, power-pop trio ]]> Lead story image

Although The Bangles are most often remembered for their kitschy 1980s hits such as “Manic Monday” and the pre-twerking dance phenomenon “Walk Like an Egyptian,” the California group never really set out to be a pop band. It’s a fact listeners will uncover when the now trio, comprised of founding members Susanna Hoffs and sisters Debbi and Vicki Peterson, re-releases their 1982 self-titled debut later this year, shedding light on a band that came of age in the psychedelic Paisley Underground scene of Los Angeles. “In the last year, we’ve really reconfigured how we do things,” says Hoffs. “We are … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:09:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ National Youth Orchestra makes grand Chicago debut at Grant Park Music Festival ]]> Lead story image

Lovers and presenters of classical music have legitimate concerns about the future of audiences for their art forms. Some, such as Peter Gelb of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, respond with handwringing and doomsaying. Others, such as former Chicago Symphony Orchestra president Deborah F. Rutter, with an enthusiasm to face the challenges and develop solutions. And while there may be issues with audience development and maintenance — and there is far from widespread agreement on this — of the making of performers of classical music there is no end. Music conservatories have more applicants — and graduates — than they know … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:02:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Sitdown: Karen Teitelbaum, CEO of Sinai Health System ]]> Lead story image

Speech pathologist. Owner of a physical rehabilitation business. Executive positions for numerous hospitals in the Chicago area. Karen Teitelbaum has worn her share of hats in the health care world. As of July 1, she’s the new president and chief executive officer for Sinai Health System, which operates Mount Sinai Hospital and two other hospitals on the South and Southwest sides. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:43:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum stages Beyonce exhibit ]]> Lead story image

A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Laura Cantrell finds new meaning via her latest collection of original tunes ]]> Lead story image

The last we heard from Laura Cantrell was the 2011 album “Kitty Wells Dresses,” on which she covered songs originally performed by her country music heroine. The great tunes on this lovingly produced disc were a perfect match for Cantrell’s singing style that harkens back to classic country at its best. But Cantrell also is known for her original songs, and it’s been nearly a decade since the New York-based alt-country artist has added to her songbook. Eight years ago a life-changing event — the birth of her daughter Bella — rearranged her life in all its stages. “I think … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Corey Smith finding his country music bearings ]]> Lead story image

Country music’s Corey Smith says his upcoming album will reflect the powerhouse live shows he and his band are known for. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:20:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jurassic 5 rekindles the magic with reunion tour ]]> Lead story image

It was the reunion no one saw coming. An “older” and “wiser” Jurassic 5 reunites for 20th anniversary tour. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Perry jazzed about new Aerosmith tour, new book — and Paul McCartney ]]> Lead story image

Joe Perry is a very busy guy these days. There’s the new Aerosmith tour, a new book and a “private” project with Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:11:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shoes finally find its stride as a live act ]]> Lead story image

Only now, after 40 years, have the self-created, cult-heroic studio rats known as Shoes truly hit their stride as a live act. ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:17:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails revisit the past during current tour ]]> Lead story image

In the summer of 1994, Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden and Midwest industrial metal enthusiasts Nine Inch Nails were at the prime of their careers at a time when alternative styles of rock music ruled the radio and album sales still molded megastars. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Common’s new album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ offers a surprising showcase of Chicago hip hop ]]>

This album is a lot of things but mostly it’s thoughtful in its approach to describing the problems and the life of Chicago. ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:24:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ James Conlon again spotlights music silenced by Third Reich ]]> Lead story image

The Ravinia Festival music director opens this summer’s stay with chamber music by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dan + Shay riding a tidal wave of success, but staying true to their music ]]> Lead story image

Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay is a real smart guy. A boy from Pennsylvania that was always good at math, Smyers attended Carnegie Mellon University as a finance major. He worked hard to graduate in three years so he could get back to his teetering career in Christian music. Today he seems to still know as much about numbers and branding as he does about singing and songwriting. It’s only natural to think he was the one who came up with the “plus sign” in the band’s moniker. “It was definitely a collaborative effort,” laughs Smyers, of the symbol … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:03:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Phish ]]> Lead story image

If Phish sells out one night of a multi-night stand, you can expect the entire run to follow suit. That’s because the band is the focus of a community that observes Phish dates like joyful family reunions. It’s easy to get caught in the crowd’s free-spirited chaos. As long as you know the words to deep tracks like “Possum” and new standards like “Sing Monica,” you’ll probably be shoulder-to-shoulder with your new best friend — just be careful not to bump the tapers. The band’s four virtuoso musicians have cultivated their broad-based following since collegiate roots in Vermont during the … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:04:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]> Lead story image

The mix Some cool things to do this weekend and beyond. to your health The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 5K is set for Grant Park on July 20. An after-festival takes place in Butler Field. On July 18-19, a health & fitness expo (free admission) takes place at McCormick Place’s Hall D. More than 70 exhibitors will be featured. Visit PIANO MAN The legendary pop-rocker Billy Joel headlines WrigleyField at 8 p.m. on June 28. $99. Visit<< SWEET SOUNDS Legendary blues ensemble Sugar Ray & The Bluetones are marking their 35th anniversary with a new … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:03:57 -0500