| Dec 31, 2011
| 8:00 PM
The year 2011 won't go down in the record books as one of the region's best for live music. With the economy sputtering, promoters seemed to hedge their bets over the last 12 months. Even so, there were memorable moments on area stages. Plenty of big...
| May 13, 2011
| 7:15 AM
A new, 27-track live album by Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers was released through Amazon.com last week. For May 2 only "Bride of The Noisemakers" was available as a $3.99 download -- a juicy discount from the normal price of $7.99.
| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:43 PM
Chicago, prepare for a new version of Boi's Town.
Big Boi-- one half of OutKast and one of the best rappers to come out of the South (or anywhere, for that matter)-- dropped through the Windy City for a Crown Royal Black event undisclosed to the...
| Jul 31, 2011
As Chicago prepares for the 20th edition of Lollapalooza next weekend, here are 10 notes about music festivals:
1 Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first big-name band lined up for Woodstock, the mother of all rock music festivals. The group's signing...
| Aug 3, 2011
Two thoughts, as we watch Columbus Drive transform into a wall of portable toilets. One, must be Lollapalooza time. Two, where on Earth did that word come from?
Legend and Encyclopedia Britannica have it that founder and Jane's Addiction leader Perry...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:57 PM
Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2011 is in the books, as the first of 130 bands played on eight stages Friday in Grant Park. Attendance was maxed out – with 90,000 people expected each of three days at the festival. Here’s how Friday went down, with...
| Aug 7, 2011
| 4:31 AM
Day 2 of Lollapalooza in Grant Park has crossed the finish line. Here’s an hour-by-hour account with reporting from yours truly (GK) and the ever-vigilant Bob Gendron (BG):
11:44 a.m.: Want to go to Lollapalooza without having to buy tickets?...
| Aug 13, 2011
| 12:46 PM
My Morning Jacket performed Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. b editor Anne Tallent reviews the show below.
"Told me not to smoke drugs, but I wouldn't listen
Never thought I'd get caught and wind up in prison"
The lyrics of My...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 1:49 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Jan. 13 will kick off its first-ever Off Center Festival, an eclectic nine-day program showcasing cutting-edge theater, music and dance, hip-hop, mash poetry and performance art.
Aimed at drawing audiences that...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Williamsburg's Bruce Hornsby is going to need a case or two of Jolt Cola to get him through 2012. Judging from the schedule he recently described to me, he's hardly going to have time to sleep in coming months.
"It's a lot, but it includes some pretty...
| Feb 15, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Fresh off a reunion with Brian Wilson at the nationally televised Grammy Awards, the Beach Boys will announce a 50th anniversary tour Wednesday that will bring them to the Chicago Theatre on May 21.
For the first time in two decades, the Beach Boys...