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  • Dropkick Murphys tour bus involved in fatal crash Nov 17, 2014 3:29 PM
    The Dropkick Murphys have canceled a concert after a tour bus carrying the band struck and killed a pedestrian near Austin, Texas. The Massachusetts-based Celtic punk group announced on its Facebook page that a man darted in front of the bus early Sunday as the vehicle was headed to the Dallas airport to drop off one of the band members.

  • Rock soundman Glyn Johns talks Beatles, Stones Nov 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Glyn Johns is a walking rebuttal to the maxim that if you remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. He was there — overseeing the Rolling Stones’ first recording session, arranging the Beatles’ rooftop concert, reeling from the first blast of Led Zeppelin — and he remembers everything. Johns, a recording engineer and producer, says “I’m a bit of a purist.” His memoir, “Sound Man,” was released recently in the U.S. by Blue Rider Press.

  • Spotify responds to Swift: We pay more than $2 billion in royalties Nov 15, 2014 7:43 AM
    Taylor Swift has criticized streaming services such as Spotify, saying they do not share enough of their revenue with musicians. This week, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek responded, saying the streaming service is paying more than $2 billion in royalties.

  • Music Notes: Wonder to revisit classic album at Chicago show Nov 14, 2014 6:00 AM
    Burton Cummings, the former frontman for Canadian pop band the Guess Who, bring his distinctive voice to St. Charles this weekend, while the legendary Stevie Wonder plays in Chicago.

  • Aldean: Writers, publishers should be paid fairly Nov 13, 2014 1:09 PM
    Country star Jason Aldean pulled one of the year’s hottest country albums — his latest record, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” — off the music streaming service Spotify because he said he wants songwriters, publishers, producers and engineers to get fairly compensated. Aldean joined Taylor Swift and others artists who have decided to remove their music from the service, which allows users to stream albums for free.

  • Mt. Prospect Community Band to perform ‘audience requests’ Nov. 16 Nov 12, 2014 3:26 PM
    The Mount Prospect Community Band will perform an indoor concert this Sunday in a reprise of an outdoor event that was to have occurred last summer that was canceled at the last minute due to weather. “A Concert of Audience Requests” will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 100 S. School St. in Mount Prospect. Tickets can be obtained in advance from the Mount Prospect Park District RecPlex at 420 Dempster St. or from any band member for $7. Tickets are $9 at the door.

  • Palestinian Muslim, Jewish American to perform ‘The Pursuit of Harmony’ Nov 12, 2014 3:06 PM
    Celebrated Jewish American songwriter/producer Michael Hunter Ochs and noted Palestinian songwriter/recording artist and peace activist Alaa Alshaham have joined together to create "The Pursuit of Harmony." Traveling worldwide spreading their message of peace through personal stories, multi-media presentation and live music, they will make a single stop in Chicago.

  • Lost Dylan lyrics brought to life Nov 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    The bottomless well of material from Bob Dylan just got deeper with the release of “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.” The 20 songs are taken from recently discovered lyrics Dylan wrote in 1967. Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford and others worked out musical arrangements from the lyrics that Dylan either never recorded, or perhaps recorded and never released.

  • African Guitar Summit to perform Nov. 15 in Batavia Nov 11, 2014 11:33 AM
    The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series presents the “African Guitar Summit,” a Juno Award-winning gathering of six guitar masters, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Tickets are $28 or $14 for those 18 and younger. Indulge in the sounds of the finest Canadian guitarists of African origin — 2005 Juno Award winners for World Music Album of the Year —African Guitar Summit. This collective unites the talents of six musicians, each an expert in their individual style and together creating musical magic with African Guitar Summit.

  • Rice’s ‘Fantasy’ is a lovely reality Nov 11, 2014 11:59 AM
    Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice says the creative process behind his third studio album “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” was so good that occasionally he didn’t want it to end. Thankfully it did, because now we get to enjoy a well-crafted work with few holes.

  • Chris Brown, Trey Songz bring new tour to Allstate Feb. 27 Nov 11, 2014 7:39 AM
    On Monday, Chris Brown and Trey Songz announced their upcoming “Between the Sheets” tour, which stops Feb. 27 at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, nearly a decade after they performed together during a 2005 college tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

  • Nicki Minaj apologizes for video that offended Nov 11, 2014 1:52 PM
    Nicki Minaj is apologizing for a video that some feel uses Nazi imagery. The rapper posted on Twitter on Tuesday that she didn’t create the concept for the lyric video for her song “Only.” She wrote: “(I) take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.”

  • Speeches, music mark Veterans Day in Hoffman Ests. Nov 11, 2014 4:16 PM
    The Hoffman Estates Veterans’ Memorial Commission held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning at the veterans memorial site just outside the police department at 411 W. Higgins Road. The Hoffman Estates High School marching band performed. Speakers included Mayor Bill McLeod, Veterans’ Memorial Commission Chairman Les Montag.

  • Jason Aldean’s new album pulled off Spotify Nov 10, 2014 3:00 PM
    Country music’s top digital sales leader Jason Aldean pulled his latest album off Spotify on Monday, although his previous albums are still available through the digital music streaming service. Aldean’s sixth album, “Old Boots, New Dirt,” had been available to subscribers of the service when it was initially released Oct. 7, but a Spotify spokesman confirmed the album was removed.

  • Garth Brooks returns after 13 years Nov 10, 2014 1:09 PM
    As would be expected, Garth Brooks strives for an epic statement on his re-entry into full-time recording, after a 13-year hiatus. Unlike most modern male country stars, Brooks looks beyond partying and celebrating rural life on “Man Against Machine.” Like U2 or Bruce Springsteen, Brooks positions himself as a cultural figurehead who speaks for, and to, the common man.

  • Pink Floyd say goodbye with ‘The Endless River’ Nov 10, 2014 12:24 PM
    Never was an album more aptly named than “The Endless River,” the new — and seemingly final — release from Pink Floyd. It flows unstoppably, and while some listeners may feel it meanders on too long, it’s very easy to get swept along by it. Though this is the band’s first studio album in two decades, much of the material was recorded in 1993 and 1994, during sessions for “The Division Bell.”

  • Foo Fighters latest is a worthwhile trip Nov 10, 2014 11:14 AM
    Twenty years into their career as one of the leading rock bands in the world, Foo Fighters continue to find ways to challenge both themselves and their listeners. On “Sonic Highways,” a companion to the similarly named HBO television series, the Dave Grohl-fronted band tasked itself with touching down in eight U.S. cities, exploring each town’s music history, and then writing and recording a song in that city influenced by what they discovered, often accompanied by a native son or daughter.

  • Diana Krall reschedules U.S. tour after illness Nov 10, 2014 12:30 PM
    Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has rescheduled her U.S. tour after recovering from a severe case of pneumonia. Krall announced Monday that her Wallflower World Tour will kick off on Feb. 25 in Boston. The tour was originally scheduled to happen this week.

  • Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande winners at MTV EMAs Nov 10, 2014 7:49 AM
    Nicki Minaj rapped about shortbread and Ariana Grande capped a breakthrough year with two trophies as the MTV Europe Music Awards celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday with a Scottish-accented show in Glasgow. Grande was named best female artist and also took the best-single prize for “Problem.” Grande said she was doubly grateful to the EMAs — meeting Iggy Azalea at last year’s awards show led directly to working with the Australian rapper on “Problem.”

  • Taylor Swift vs. Spotify: Why her bold move won’t work for other artists Nov 8, 2014 7:00 AM
    Looks like Taylor Swift has another disgruntled ex. On Monday morning, Spotify sent out a string of heartbroken, pleading tweets, mourning that the pop star asked that her entire song library be removed from the popular music streaming site.

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