Finding A Balance
It’s been a long road for Common to get to the point where he is today: superimposed on billboards embracing Queen Latifah on the poster for the new film, Just Wright.
It’s official: Despite what you read in our new issue today, the new Buddy Guy’s location is open with about a week to spare for Blues Fest.
Memorial Day Weekend Preview
If you’ve been saving up all your rockin’ in May, now’s the time to let it out. Especially because we have a new issue out Tuesday.
Lollapalooza Shirt Contest
Rock ‘n’ roll is a lot like sports, in that such a small minority of artists make it — and define those words at your own peril — the failure rate doesn’t justify the numbers in pursuit.
Allstate Arena, Rosemont
Monday, May 24, 2010
Forty years ago, right on the crest of the singer/songwriter movement, Carole King and James Taylor first shared the stage at West Hollywood’s now legendary Troubadour. Though their paths have crossed on the pop and rock charts repeatedly since (and they’ve also swapped album credits), the Troubadour Reunion Tour marked [...]
Week Of May 24th, 2010
Monday’s, um, gone with the wind, but there’s three more days to rockin’ consider before it’s Memorial Day weekend, remember?
It’s not quite what everyone was looking for, but Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax will share the stage on June 22nd. Tickets on sale TODAY!
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
Get your weekend in order. This weekend has Lucky Boys Confusion offshoot AM Taxi, a special set from The Steepwater Band, and, of course, the Country Throwdown.
Next Stop . . Soweto (Strut)
South Africa’s “Mbaqanga” age evolved in the shadows of apartheid, marrying Zulu folk with Western jazz and pop found on the (literally) black market.
Showtime, May 21st
This week’s highlights include Dengue Fever, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
Riviera Theatre, Chicago
Thursday, May 13, 2010
To the bulk of American audiences, A-ha will always be remembered for its monster smash “Take On Me,” which once topped the charts and has since been spun an average of 375 times a day. But to the rest of the world, especially in Europe, the group’s gone well [...]
Congress Theatre, Chicago
Friday, May 14, 2010
I used to think Coheed And Cambria were the J.R.R. Tolkien of bands, but it turns out they’re really George Lucas.
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Saturday, May 15, 2010
The faces of anger in rock ‘n’ roll are legion — polemics, posturing, and power chords among them — but for their second album, Plants & Animals go with passive aggressive.
Lincoln Hall, Chicago
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Like that awful joke about large people and mopeds, Turin Brakes are great to sing along to until your friends pop in.
Double Door, Chicago
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
As disappointing as Little Brother’s impending break-up may be, this revered, North Carolinan hip-hop duo is not going out on a bad note with its final album LeftBack — they just know when to call it quits.