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The Swampby Frank James Our friend, New York Times man, Jeff Zeleny, was in the small group of journalists on pool-duty last night who were following Sen. Barack Obama around and watching, taking notes and capturing photos and video on......
For Lupe Fiasco, it was in some ways a heartbreaking year. In an interview last summer with MTV he broke down as he watched a 2006 video of himself and friends in his old West Side neighborhood, the laughter and easy camaraderie undercut by the...
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Chicago singer-songwriter Terry Callier never received a fraction of the acclaim he deserved, but nobody who heard him ever forgot him. The imploring, incantatory quality of his vocals distinguished him from peers, as did his knack for mixing elements of...
The Black Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2013 season. The reprise-heavy slate, titled "Treasures and Tributes," will feature restaging of some of the musical company's most popular hits of the last two decades, including "Doo Wop Shop" (opening Feb....
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Prince’s concert Monday at the United Center didn’t really finish, it fizzled. The singer spent two hours working his band and the nearly full house, including an encore, and then walked off stage with a smile and a wave. The lights stayed...
Bruce Springsteen packs his concerts to bursting, and still it wasn’t enough Friday in the first of two sold-out shows at Wrigley Field. There were 28 songs, 18 musicians and singers in the newly expanded E Street Band, and guest shots from Pearl...
Fred Cash remembers the day he joined the Impressions in 1958, a mere teenager starting what would be a five-decade ride in one of the great vocal groups of all time. He had been singing on street-corners in Chattanooga, Tenn., and in church with his...
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- It was Bruce Springsteen day Thursday at the South by Southwest Music Conference, but the singer instead turned the spotlight on his fellow artists. His keynote address was essentially a long, heart-felt thank you to his musical...
"Soul Train." the televised house that Don Cornelius built on a bedrock of soul, funk and ahead-of-their time dance moves, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Monday in concert at Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park. Chicago soul greats Jerry Butler, the...
3 stars (out of 4) Common spent so much of his career proffering earnest tales of self-empowerment and moral struggle that his 2008 album, “Universal Mind Control,” came as a shock to his followers. Brimming with lackluster club-oriented...
Lehigh Valley Music presents FESTBLOGPHILADELPHIA -- Last time Bruce Springsteen came through Philadelphia in March, he had a lot on his mind: The June 2011 death of his longtime sax player and onstage foil Clarence Clemmons and his somber new album “Wrecking Ball,” which......
Pop & HissRobin Gibb, who died on Sunday, was a member of the Bee Gees, whose music blending funk and pop helped disco cross over into the mainstream. The soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" is a classic of the era....
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