BY MARK GUARINO | CHICAGO SUN-TIMES MUSIC WRITER The Arcade Fire named their fourth album “Reflektor” but if you were at the United Center Wednesday, there was little chance you would not notice. A disco ball lowered, splintering light everywhere, singer Regine Chassagne held two mirrors in her palm and shot rays in all directions,
Starting in 1977, Los Angeles band X blazed the trail for a uniquely American form of punk rock.
Thursday’s ZZ Top concert at Ravinia has been canceled after a band member slipped and hurt his hip, the venue announced Wednesday. Bassist Dusty Hill fell aboard his tour bus Tuesday night. His injury required immediate medical attention, Ravinia said, forcing the cancellation of the sold-out show with Jeff Beck. ZZ Top has suspended all
In 2003, Billy Corgan returned from California to his native Chicago to settle down in the northern suburbs.
By Andrew Patner/For Sun-Times Media The flute will not fly, at least this coming season. Chicago Symphony Orchestra administrators, musicians and patrons have been wondering for the past three months if the group’s coveted principal flute, the Paris-born and -trained Mathieu Dufour, would leave the CSO for the same position at the Berlin Philharmonic. Berlin,
By Dorothy Andries/For Sun-Times Media After a decade as music director of the Ravinia Festival, James Conlon has decided not to renew his contract at the conclusion of the 2015 summer season. Ravinia Festival president and CEO Welz Kauffman made the announcement Monday evening, citing the maestro’s “many magical moments” at the festival. “Everything has
Just like the Energizer bunny, Marie Osmond thrives on work. The veteran entertainer called from her Las Vegas dressing room the other day to share her thoughts about the world of music today — and her excitement about the show she and brother Donny Osmond are bringing to the Paramount Theatre in Aurora for
By Jeff Elbel/For Sun-Times Media Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are such a reliably great rock ‘n’ roll band that it’s easy to take them for granted. The danger in assuming you’ll catch them the next time around isn’t due to the band’s age. The risk you take is missing the type of peak they’re
BY MARK GUARINO | SUN-TIMES MUSIC WRITER Even though he is an Academy Award winner and one of the most respected film actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges has kept things down to earth by making music. Since 2000 he has quietly released albums that reflect his love of country and folk music, and especially
It may be hyperbole to name Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as America’s best rock and roll band, but not by much.