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  • Eddie Van Halen talks immigrant roots, innovation in music Feb 11, 2015 11:06 AM
    Eddie Van Halen visits Smithsonian to discuss his immigrant roots, innovation in music

  • No plans? A procrastinator’s guide to Valentine’s Day Feb 11, 2015 8:16 AM
    No plans? No problem. We have all you procrastinators covered with a last-minute guide to Valentine’s Day concerts like Fleetwood Mac at Rosemont's Allstate Arena and romantic stage shows like "Married Alive!" at the Raue in Crystal Lake. Plus tips on where to meet Cary Elwes of "The Princess Bride" fame in Naperville and how to snag a prime-time dinner reservation for two.

  • Music notes: Spend Valentine's Day with Fleetwood Mac at Allstate Feb 11, 2015 12:31 PM
    If you grew up in a certain era, Fleetwood Mac's biggest hits play like the soundtrack of your youth. Relive it Saturday when one of the top-selling bands of all time plays the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Local punk band Counterpunch has been going strong for 10 years. Friday, they play with suburban faves AM Taxi and punk trio This Obsession at Lombard's Brauerhouse.

  • Messmer to join Park Ridge orchestra in concert Feb 10, 2015 4:33 PM
    The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra and guest vocalist Wayne Messmer will present an Americana Spectacular concert, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Pickwick Theater, 5 S. Prospect Ave. in downtown Park Ridge.

  • Weekend picks: Broadway vet brings revue to Metropolis Feb 10, 2015 3:05 PM
    “Jersey Boys” veteran Eric Gutman details his life living out of a suitcase in his one-man musical revue “From Broadway to Obscurity,” which plays two locations this week. Get a glimpse of future car makes and models when the Chicago Auto Show returns this weekend to McCormick Place in Chicago. Get your dose of Cajun and zydeco music early before Fat Tuesday when Mojo & the Bayou Gypsies performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. All this and more in Friday's Time out!

  • Diana Krall turns to pop on new CD 'Wallflower' Feb 10, 2015 12:54 PM
    Singer-pianist Diana Krall wants to make one thing clear about "Wallflower," her new CD: It's a pop album, not a jazz album. For her 12th album, Krall enlisted fellow British Columbian David Foster, a 16-time Grammy winner. Foster did the arrangements and played most of the piano parts, freeing Krall to focus on her vocals.

  • Recital Feb. 21 to benefit Crisis Center Feb 10, 2015 9:55 PM
    First Congregational Church of Dundee will host a benefit recital featuring soprano AnDréa James and guitarist Fareed Haque at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The community is invited to this charity performance, which will benefit the Community Crisis Center in Elgin.

  • Fifth Harmony charms and frustrates on debut album Feb 10, 2015 6:02 AM
    The great thing about prefab bands is that they can be whatever you want them to be. Fifth Harmony exists because Simon Cowell wanted an American version of One Direction. Five “X Factor” washouts were joined together by Cowell mid-competition and eventually placed third. Their official full-length debut, the ridiculously pleasing and often just ridiculous “Reflection,” arrived two years after their “X” season ended.

  • Review: Songs tell story of emotions in a relationship Feb 9, 2015 6:00 AM
    Hollywood went to two actors with Broadway backgrounds to star in the film version of the musical "The Last Five Years" - and it paid off. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star as a young New York couple who fall in, and then out, of love. Both Kendrick and Jordan have perfect voices for the sometimes emotional lyrics, which trace the couple's relationship in an inventive way.

  • The Limitations to play at St. Charles library Feb 9, 2015 1:48 PM
    The St. Charles Public Library’s Sunday Concert Series will host The Limitations at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. This trio of experienced and knowledgeable musicians takes you on a journey back to the great American music prior to the British invasion with a focus on Sun Records, which spawned Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins and many others.

  • 3 top Grammys now staying with Sam Smith Feb 9, 2015 10:30 AM
    Somewhere in England sits a man who was the unwitting inspiration for the biggest winner at the Grammy Awards. He’s the man who loved, and dumped, 22-year-old British soul singer Sam Smith. Smith’s yearning hit, “Stay With Me,” won Grammys for song and record of the year and he was named best new artist — three of the four biggest awards. While accepting his record of the year award, Smith said he wanted to thank the man he’s been in love with for the past year “for breaking my heart, ‘cause you got me four Grammys.”

  • Backstreet Boys are back as men Feb 9, 2015 12:02 PM
    The Backstreet Boys are back as grown men, ready to share a documentary about their rise to fame. "Backstreet Boys: Show 'em What You're Made Of," now in U.S. theaters, started off as a small project, filming the guys during a three-week recording session. After finishing a 20-minute promo, the band decided to make a full-length film. "Our story, our life after 22 years," said Nick Carter. "It wasn't like we need to do this movie right now and it has to happen, it just organically did."

  • Images: Grammy winners, performers Feb 8, 2015 10:36 PM
    Photos of the winners and performers at Sunday's Grammy Awards show.

  • Grammy factoids: Timberlake’s redemption, Joan Rivers, Pharrell Feb 8, 2015 7:00 AM
    The Grammy Awards, airing live at 7 p.m. Sunday, include predictable nominees like Beyonce and Taylor Swift, and awards like best rap song and best country album. But we take a look at interesting factoids in this year’s nominations, including Joan Rivers battling Jimmy Carter for an award and Miley Cyrus earning her first-ever Grammy nomination.

  • Showing face or not, Sia heads to center stage at Grammys Feb 8, 2015 7:07 AM
    Think it’s tough to catch a glimpse of Sia’s face during her performances these days? Try booking an interview with the reclusive singer. The performer has dodged press and even turns her head during live performances. She's earned four Grammy nominations — though she’s not sure she’ll attend the big show on Sunday.

  • Sunday picks: Pablo Francisco takes aim at pop culture Feb 8, 2015 6:30 AM
    From spoofing Spanish language telenovelas to action movie previews, comedian Pablo Francisco takes pot shots at pop culture at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Watch professional sculptors create works of art from 10-foot blocks of snow during the Snow Days Chicago event at Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier in Chicago.

  • Free concert in Lincolnshire Feb 8, 2015 4:15 PM
    The Brass Ambassadors of the U.S. Navy Band will perform a free concert Feb. 28 in Lake County. The show is set for 7 p.m. at Village Church of Lincolnshire, 201 North Riverwoods Road.

  • Grayslake library performance Feb 8, 2015 4:18 PM
    Sue Fink is bringing song and humor to the Grayslake Area Public Library, 100 Library Lane, Grayslake. Fink and her program “Humor in Song” will run from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22.

  • Sam Smith, Beck take top prizes at Grammys Feb 8, 2015 10:45 PM
    Sam Smith was the king of the Grammys, taking home three of the top four awards, including song and record of the year for “Stay With Me,” and best new artist, while Beck won album of the year. “I want to thank the man who this record is about ... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because I have four Grammys,” said Smith, who also won best pop vocal album for “In the Lonely Hour.” Smith, along with Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran, lost album of the year to Beck’s “Morning Phase,” which also won best rock album. Kanye West, who famously interrupted Taylor Swift when she beat Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards, almost walked onstage when Prince announced Beck’s name. Some in the audience seemed shocked, from Williams to Roots drummer and “Tonight Show” bandleader ?uestlove. Beck’s album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold about 300,000 units. Williams and Rosanne Cash walked away with three awards each. Williams won best pop solo performance for a live version of “Happy,” released in 2013. He also won best music video for the song and best urban contemporary album for “G I R L,” beating Beyonce. “I am going to moonwalk my way off the stage right now,” said Williams, wearing a blazer and shorts. Williams’ performance of “Happy” was dramatic with background dancers in black, musicians in yellow and a choir in white. When the chorus was supposed to come in, Lang Lang played the piano skillfully. Film composer Hans Zimmer played the guitar. “Thank you, God,” Williams, in a bell-boy hat, said at the end of the performance. Rihanna gave an impressive vocal performance of “FourFiveSeconds” with Paul McCartney to her right and Kanye West to her left. Her hair was slicked back, and she rocked a black suit like her co-stars Katy Perry, in all white, sang the ballad “By the Grace of God” after President Barack Obama appearaed via video, encouraging artists to help stamp out domestic abuse. “It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated,” he said. Another serious moment came with Prince, who earned a standing ovation when he walked onstage to introduce album of the year. “Albums — you remember those? They still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter.” Madonna, dressed as a matador, performed “Living for Love” atop a platform surrounded by a plethora of background dancers wearing bull masks. A choir did most of the singing, while Madonna danced and the audience at the Staples Center clapped in unison. She ascended into the air as the performance finished. West performed on a nearly pitch-black stage, with a light glowing from under his feet (he also sported the new sneakers he designed). He sang the new song about his late mother, “Only One.” Annie Lennox was a powerhouse when she sang “I Put A Spell On You” and joined Hozier for “Take Me to Church,” nominated for song of the year. Beyonce won best R&B song and R&B performance for “Drunk In Love” and surround sound album for “Beyonce.” “This has been such an incredible year,” she said, thanking her “beloved husband” and “my daughter who is watching.” Rock titans AC/DC kicked off the show with a performance of their latest single, “Rock or Bust,” and then transitioned into the classic “Highway to Hell.” It earned rousing applause from Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who wore devil horns. Ariana Grande gave a stripped, piano-led performance of “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart,” a song co-written by One Direction’s Harry Styles, while Miranda Lambert brought a rock-heavy vibe to “Little Red Wagon.” She won best country album for “Platinum.” “I put my heart and soul in this record,” she said. “Thank you so much for this amazing night. I love y’all!” Cash led the pre-show with three Grammys, while Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Chick Corea and the “Frozen” soundtrack earned two awards apiece. “Reagan was president last time I won a Grammy,” said Cash, who won best American roots performance, American roots song and Americana album. “I just showed up for work for 35 years and this is what happened.” Lamar, who lost in seven categories last year, marked a redemption by winning best rap performance and rap song for “i.” Eminem won best rap album, beating Common and Iggy Azalea. He also won best rap/sung collaboration for “The Monster” with Rihanna. The late Joan Rivers won best spoken word album for “Diary of a Mad Diva,” and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, was on hand to accept the award. “If my mother was here tonight, she would not only be honored and thrilled to be holding her first Grammy,” Melissa Rivers said. “She would most likely have it copied and on the air on QVC by 11.”

  • Images: Stars arrive at the Grammys Feb 21, 2015 11:37 PM
    The stars arrive for the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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