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  • Exclusive: Lineup and highlights from Bud Light stage at Taste of Chicago 2012

    Exclusive: Lineup and highlights from Bud Light stage at Taste of Chicago 2012
    You heard it here first: Now that our 2012 RedEye Rock ‘n’ Vote winner has been slotted in, these bands comprise the best of the previously unannounced Bud Light Stage lineup at this year’s Taste of Chicago. You’ll be at all of these free shows, right?
  • 2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)

    2012: The Year the Music Died (So Far)
    It’s not even June. But already this calendar year we’ve lost a gut-wrenching list of people who’ve impacted the music world: impresarios Don Cornelius and Dick Clark, R&B legends Johnny Otis and Etta James, the incomparable Band...

    Poetry is everywhere, if you listen

    Poetry is everywhere, if you listen
    They are the overlooked of the literary world, and so you never hear mentioned the names of William James Dixon or Cora Walton or McKinley Morganfield when people gather to talk about great Chicago writers. Don't know those names? Understandable. But you...

    A grand weekend for jazz singing

    A grand weekend for jazz singing
    This weekend could be one for the record books, with an extraordinary confluence of major vocalists converging on our stages. Though they span a wide stylistic swath – from blues to jazz to classic pop and beyond – the level of singing...

    Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer

    Etta James dies at 73; acclaimed blues and R&B singer
    Etta James, the earthy blues and R&B singer whose anguished vocals convinced generations of listeners that she would rather go blind than see her love leave, then communicated her joy upon finding that love at last, died Friday. She was 73. She died at...