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  • 5 weekend ideas to usher in the holidays Nov 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the suburbs. And this weekend offers the chance to kick off the season with local parades, a lights festival and a couple of holiday theater classics.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local boy Pat McGann returns to Rosemont Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Celebs bringing carols to the suburbs early Nov 28, 2014 11:13 AM
    Singer, musician and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and other artists are bringing their holiday shows to the Chicago area this holiday season. Here is our guide to a number of upcoming holiday shows.

     
  • Christmas concert in Lake Villa: Nov 28, 2014 5:37 PM
    The Lakes Area Community Band’s Christmas Concert is Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Lakes Community High School Auditorium at Grass Lake and Deep Lake roads in Lake Villa.

     
  • Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Sharing music is a great way to connect with friends, and technology has made it easier than ever. Music lovers can create and share playlists in a variety of ways using today's tech.

     
  • Holiday albums from the Dukes of Hazard boys to ‘Downton Abbey’ Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Whether you’re prepping a hearty, warm Thanksgiving meal or getting ready to shop until you drop on Black Friday, here’s a list of holidays albums reviews set to get you in the right mood, including first-ever full recording by John Schneider and Tom Wopat.

     
  • Idris Elba inspired by Mandela on album Nov 26, 2014 4:30 PM
    Playing Nelson Mandela in 2013’s theatrical release, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” clearly struck a chord with British actor Idris Elba — a musical one. On “Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela,” a 14-track project on Elba’s own 7wallace imprint, the actor offers an uplifting journey, inspired by Mandela and his late father.

     
  • Despite shake-ups, AC/DC perseveres with album, tour Nov 26, 2014 4:40 PM
    AC/DC finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake, the Australian rock band is still old school. “I would like everybody to buy vinyl again,” guitarist Angus Young said in an interview. “That’s my favorite.” AC/DC, which has enjoyed four decades of success, will release “Rock or Bust,” its first album in six years, on Dec. 2. It is the follow-up to “Black Ice,” which sold 784,000 units during its first week in 2008.

     
  • Hear Lucinda Williams’ tribute to her dad at Vic Nov 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer’s disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.This lent new urgency to Williams’ effort to pay tribute to him, which she did on her recently released album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” She plays Chicago’s Vic Theatre on Friday, Nov. 28.

     
  • Schools team for concert: Nov 25, 2014 5:11 PM
    The Mundelein High School show choirs and band will join Carmel Catholic High School’s Cadence Show Choir for a joint concert Saturday, Dec. 6.

     
  • Turmoil helps AC/DC shine on new album Nov 25, 2014 1:52 PM
    In 1980, AC/DC’s very existence was at stake: singer Bon Scott died just as the band was starting to get big. They used the uncertainty and grief to dig down deep, and the result was one of the greatest albums in rock history, “Back In Black.” In 2014, AC/DC is once again in turmoil: founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had to leave the band due to dementia, and drummer Phil Rudd recently saw charges that he hired a hit man to kill someone dropped, but still faces serious legal matters. And once again, the band has come up big, with “Rock or Bust.”

     
  • ‘Listen’ up, David Guetta is all grown up Nov 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    David Guetta has proved again and again he’s the master of the dance floor hook. The Frenchman’s sixth album, “Listen,” brings an army of reasons to support this without veering too much into club territory — from the myriad collaborators that elevate the dance tunes to a collection of well-crafted tracks to the mix and match of genres.

     
  • Music notes: Slipknot, Korn bring the metal to Rosemont Nov 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Want to follow your Thanksgiving dinner with some loud music? Slipknot headlines the Prepare for Hell show in Rosemont this weekend, and Lydia Loveless brings her acclaimed country-punk sound to Lincoln Hall in Chicago.

     
  • Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade light up St. Charles Nov 24, 2014 2:33 PM
    Nothing says Christmas like a street lit up by thousands of Christmas lights. At the St. Charles Holiday Homecoming and Electric Christmas Parade, visitors can find their own piece of holiday magic.

     
  • ECC music ensembles put on annual holiday concerts Nov 24, 2014 6:50 PM
    33" The Concert Choir, Concert Band and the Steel Bands at Elgin Community College offer something for everyone — from inspiring choral pieces to holiday favorites and contemporary music hits served up with a Caribbean flair — during December performances.

     
  • Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show Nov 24, 2014 7:33 AM
    Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she’s worth? Will she let her colors burst? NFL announced late Sunday — after rumors swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.

     
  • Mellencamp puts Southern spin on supernatural musical 'Ghost Brothers' Nov 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the ABBA-inspired “Mamma Mia” became a big hit more than a decade ago, producers started contacting other artists to see if they'd like to do something similar. John Mellencamp turned them down. He was interested in writing a musical from scratch. The result is “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a “Southern gothic, supernatural musical” that features Mellencamp's songs and a script by Stephen King. It plays Chicago's Oriental Theatre Friday, Nov. 28.

     
  • St. Charles Singers to ring in season with ‘Candlelight Carols’ Nov 26, 2014 12:07 PM
    The St. Charles Singers will present the 31st annual edition of its “Candlelight Carols” Christmas program on Friday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 7, in Chicago and St. Charles.

     
  • Weekend picks: Cosley Zoo opens Festival of Lights Nov 26, 2014 12:58 AM
    See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Free concert at SHS Nov 23, 2014 4:08 PM
    Stevenson High School’s honor band and advanced symphonic band will perform a chamber concert today. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

     
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