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  • Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭

    Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭
    3 stars (out of 4) This still-green quartet was just a small-town northern Alabama bar band a year ago. Now Alabama Shakes is one of the most talked-about new rock acts thanks in part to some good fortune (an early anointing by Drive By Truckers’...
  • A soft, soupy diet

    Picture me placing a flashlight under my chin because it’s time to tell a scary story, camp-fire style. This one goes out to my sister Chelsey. Once upon a time, I got my wisdom teeth extracted. After I woke up from my operation, I was convinced...
  • Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'

    Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'
    The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with producer Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1967. "My idea was to make good tracks, use the best players,...
  • The Impressions keep on pushing

    The Impressions keep on pushing
    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...
  • Bobby Womack interview: 'I wonder why I'm still here'

    Bobby Womack interview: 'I wonder why I'm still here'
    Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel. “I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
  • Prince at the United Center more fizzle than sizzle

    Prince at the United Center more fizzle than sizzle
    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...
  • Universal puts a shine on new Mardi Gras floats

    Universal puts a shine on new Mardi Gras floats
    Political candidates would feel jumpy backstage at Universal Studios this time of year. It's a dream come true for potential glitter bombers — gallons and gallons of multiple colors of glitter, just waiting to be dumped on unsuspecting speakers. Of...
  • Is pro-teacher school reform possible in this country?

    The White House could use a little help from Aretha Franklin to boost its new education initiative. The $5 billion plan aims to elevate the status of America's teachers, and is dubbed RESPECT -- although inspiring that particular sentiment may be wishful...
  • 'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters

    'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters
    Five years ago, the greatest trio in the history of gospel music – the Barrett Sisters – told me they had one last wish: That someone would make a documentary film about their lives and careers. That film, a moving evocation of their...
  • Aretha Franklin to sing with the CSO

    Aretha Franklin to sing with the CSO
    Singing legend Aretha Franklin will perform the annual Corporate Night concert with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. May 20 in Symphony Center. Known around the world as the Queen of Soul, Franklin will join with musical director...
  • Trey Mason's father figures mightily in his success at Loyola

    Trey Mason's father figures mightily in his success at Loyola
    Sitting at the top level of the gymnasium bleachers, Harvey Mason Jr. leaves no doubt about his joy as a father watching his son, Trey, play basketball for Los Angeles Loyola. Yes, he has been nominated for Grammy Awards, is recognized as one of the...