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  • Nominees for Grammy Awards to be announced Dec. 5 Oct 24, 2014 7:23 AM
    The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards the morning of Dec. 5, except for one category: the coveted album of the year. The nominees for the top prize will come later that day when the academy debuts the new TV special, “A Very GRAMMY Christmas,” to air at 8 p.m. on CBS. It will feature performances from Pharrell and Ariana Grande.

     
  • Rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's Nightmare on Chicago Street Oct 24, 2014 6:14 AM
    Get ready to rock out, zombie style, at Elgin's fourth annual Nightmare on Chicago Street. The event takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and features a variety of creepy and bizarre acts, along with horror-themed music and costume contest.

     
  • Little Big Town top-notch on new album Oct 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    How do the four vocalists of Little Big Town respond to the platinum success of the group’s most rewarded album, 2012’s “Tornado?” Certainly not by playing it safe. On their sixth album, “Pain Killer,” Little Big Town — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook — experiment endlessly with harmonies, arrangements, loops and sound effects.

     
  • Enjoy ‘Scots and Water’ at Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band concert Oct 22, 2014 4:17 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will present its 13th annual fall concert, “Scots and Water,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Buffalo Grove High School. Howard Green, founding music director, will conduct more than 70 musicians who make up the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands.

     
  • Wheeling native Haley Reinhart inks new publishing deal Oct 23, 2014 6:04 AM
    Wheeling native and ‘American Idol’ contestant Haley Reinhart has expanded her publishing deal with ole, the independent rights management company who has been responsible for getting her music exposure on TV shows and films. Under the new deal, ole gains worldwide copublishing rights to Reinhart’s catalog and future work and will provide support for her to record a new EP.

     
  • Tuneful tunes with touch of twang from Brad Colerick Oct 21, 2014 11:00 AM
    Brad Colerick opens his fourth solo album, "Tucson," with the title cut, which reminds us the road does not actually go on forever. Colerick goes on to examine his trip down that road in tuneful tunes with a touch of twang.

     
  • Love, discipline fuel Neil Diamond’s latest album Oct 21, 2014 1:01 PM
    Neil Diamond wrote and recorded his first studio album of new material in six years floating in the heady glow of new love. The 73-year-old entertainer, who married for the third time in 2012, says happiness with his new bride fueled his work on “Melody Road,” out Tuesday. He plays Chicago’s United Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. "There’s no better inspiration or motivation for work than being in love. It’s what you dream of as a creative person,” Diamond said.

     
  • Flying Lotus moves deeper into the unknown Oct 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    The fifth album by Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus moves even further away from his early instrumental hip-hop work toward a more fully immersed form of “fusion.” Don’t be misled by the title. “You’re Dead!” is a celebration of what comes next. The song cycle plays like an expedition through alternate realms and dimensions.

     
  • Lecrae looks to break mold of a Christian rapper Oct 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    Lecrae is dubbed a Christian rapper, but he considers himself a rapper who happens to be Christian. The Grammy-winning artist is trying to avoid being boxed into one genre. “I didn’t really fit in either world,” said Lecrae, 34. Last month, his seventh album, “Anomaly,” became the first title to top Billboard’s Top 200 and Gospel Albums charts in the same week. He believes this success could help bring him closer to being embraced by both gospel and mainstream music. He headlines Chicago's Aragon on Sunday, Oct. 26.

     
  • Jessie Ware cruises on sophomore album Oct 21, 2014 2:00 PM
    Jessie Ware’s “Tough Love” is lovely, and that’s not a tepid endorsement. No, the English singer’s sophomore disc is lovely in the way of a sunset or a cruise around the lazy river after a long day at the water park. The whole thing is a pleasure to enjoy.

     
  • Music notes: Blues-rock band Lonesome Shack comes to Lombard Oct 22, 2014 12:16 PM
    Lonesome Shack, a stripped-down blues-rock band whose sound recalls the Black Keys, plays Saturday at the Brauerhouse in Lombard. Metal fans will want to check out the Mushroomhead show Oct. 29 at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville.

     
  • Weekend picks: 'Steady Rain' remounts at COD's McAninch Oct 24, 2014 11:01 AM
    Local actors Peter DeFaria and Randy Steinmeyer rejoin the roles they originated in a special touring production of Keith Huff's drama “A Steady Rain” at COD's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. Comedian Aries Spears gained national fame appearing as a series regular of “MADtv” from 1997 to 2005. Catch Spears performing his standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Giordano Dance Chicago unveils a world premiere piece called "Feeling Good Sweet."

     
  • Aretha Franklin takes on divas, comes out swinging Oct 20, 2014 10:26 AM
    Aretha Franklin sings the sound of America like nobody else alive — a point of unceasing pride for Detroit, the place she was raised and remains near today. So the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” raises one question right off: Does the singular Queen of Soul really need to borrow from other divas? The answer is she doesn’t need to do anything, but a dive into the realm of other divas is a solid move.

     
  • Yearwood, Santana to perform at World Series Oct 20, 2014 5:20 PM
    Trisha Yearwood will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 1 on Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental rendition of the national anthem with his son before Game 4 on Saturday at the AT&T Park in San Francisco.

     
  • Pitbull to host American Music Awards in November Oct 20, 2014 1:07 PM
    Pitbull will host the 2014 American Music Awards. The platinum-selling rapper will also perform at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC, dick clark productions announced Monday.

     
  • Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album Oct 20, 2014 3:04 PM
    At 69, Bob Seger says he’s ready to hit the road again: He’s scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. His 25-city tour in support of new album "Ride Out" begins Nov. 19 and stops at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 11.

     
  • Woodland Middle band performance Oct 19, 2014 4:27 PM
    Woodland Middle School’s band students will host a special performance for members of the Warren Township Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 7000 Washington St., Gurnee.

     
  • Sunday picks: Huey Lewis brings the News to Naperville Oct 19, 2014 6:34 AM
    Catch Huey Lewis and the News as they deliver their 1980s pop hits like “The Power of Love,” “Back in Time” and “I Want a New Drug” at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos.

     
  • Warren jazz bands perform: Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School’s jazz bands will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee.

     
  • Weekend picks: Jasmine Guy steams up CLC with jazz Oct 18, 2014 7:00 AM
    “A Different World” TV star Jasmine Guy teams up with The Avery Sharpe Trio to perform jazz and blues classics at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Catch comedian Fortune Feimster (“Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately”) performing her standup routine at Zanies in Rosemont. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos. Waukegan native Amanda Majeski performs in the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of "The Marriage of Figaro" at participating theaters Saturday.

     
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