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  • D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ plays to message of rising up Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    The phrase “long-awaited album” gets tossed around quite a bit. But “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo’s follow-up to 2000’s “Voodoo” comes after a 14-year wait. But “Black Messiah” is finally here, both amazing and right on time, arriving as demonstrators across the nation demand change after the recent slayings of unarmed black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

  • Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ delivers grown-up complexity Dec 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a grown-up. On some level, we surely understood that the now 32-year-old rapper had complex emotions and a past. But not until now, with her third release, “The Pinkprint” has Minaj conveyed that message so clearly.

  • Rock hall to induct Green Day, Reed, Starr Dec 16, 2014 8:23 AM
    The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Ringo Starr. Besides Reed, the class includes posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall April 18.

  • Weekend picks: Let Cirque lead you into a ‘Holidaze’ Dec 16, 2014 7:30 AM
    Cirque Dreams gets into the spirit of the season with its wintry "Holidaze" at the Chicago Theatre. Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy and more will fill the Allstate Arena with music for the 103.5 KISS-FM Jingle Ball Thursday. And the Organic Theater Company offers a different take on Dickens' classic with "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at NCC.

  • Side Street Studio Arts presents 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jam! Dec 15, 2014 8:14 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Jam!,” a day of music, featuring a wide range of area bands and solo musicians, on Saturday, Dec. 20. It is open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation at the door; $2 from every $12 donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin's Holiday Fund Drive.

  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

  • Sunday picks: Gabriel Iglesias promotes 'Unity Through Laughter' Dec 14, 2014 6:00 AM
    Comedian Gabriel Iglesias heads to the Rosemont Theatre for his “Unity Through Laughter World Tour.” Cantigny Park hosts its 13th Annual Lego Train Show, featuring Lego creations by members of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. And catch the last night of comedian Rob Schneider's standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Air Force band delights with holiday concert in St. Charles Dec 14, 2014 4:35 PM
    The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America has performed for U.S. presidents, foreign royalty, Pope John Paul II, and hundreds of world leaders. On Sunday afternoon, they played holiday classics for a packed house of suburbanites in St. Charles.

  • Weekend picks: Rosemont hosts Italian singer Andrea Bocelli Dec 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli returns to Rosemont for a concert tour accompanied by the Bella Musica Orchestra Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Cantigny Park hosts its 13th Annual Lego Train Show, featuring Lego creations by members of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. And catch comedian Rob Schneider's standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Algonquin shoppers treated to a TubaChristmas Dec 13, 2014 7:06 PM
    Shoppers at Algonquin Commons were treated to the soothing baritone notes of 18 tubas and euphoniums during the second annual TubaChristmas concert hosted by Cambridge Music Outreach on Saturday. A constant ebb and flow of about 50 people stopped to listen to the free performance while taking a break from their shopping. The brass instruments performed more than a dozen traditional Christmas songs such as “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night,” which were arranged especially for tubas.

  • Andrea Bocelli comes to Rosemont during U.S. tour Dec 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Andrea Bocelli can’t get away from opera, even when he’s relaxing at home. His 2-year-old daughter, Virginia, prefers opera to traditional lullabies. Hear his music when he headlines the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday.

  • Illini a capella coming to Arlington Hts. library Dec 12, 2014 5:56 PM
    Fans of holiday tunes can attend a free holiday a cappella concert at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Sunday night.

  • Mt. Prospect church choir performs in a Christmas tree Dec 12, 2014 10:54 PM
    Community Presbyterian Church in Mount Prospect offers an unusual twist to the traditional church choir singing Christmas music. Each Christmas, the congregation places members of the choir among the branches of a huge Christmas tree.

  • Weekend picks: Rob Schneider brings comedy to Schaumburg Dec 12, 2014 3:03 AM
    Catch comedian Rob Schneider returning to standup this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. If you missed the Chicago run of “I Love Lucy Live On Stage” during the 2012-13 season, then catch the one-week return of the national touring show that re-enacts a studio taping day with Desilu Productions at the Bank of America Theatre. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias hits hte Rosemont Theatre with his "Unity Through Laughter" tour. And Redmoon Theater presents its annual spectacle-filled Winter Pageant, starting this weekend.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Dec 12, 2014 12:36 PM
    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli returns to Rosemont Saturday for another concert tour accompanied by the Bella Musica Orchestra with guest artists Heather Headley and soprano Maria Aleida at the Allstate Arena. This is just one option of something fun to do this weekend in the suburbs.

  • Charli XCX’s sophomore CD is no ‘Sucker’ Dec 11, 2014 6:30 AM
    Charli XCX, the British artist with a penchant for teenage churlishness, knows a thing or two about warfare. With her second major label album, “Sucker,” she throws a smoke grenade of rock-pop digestibles and runs for cover while the listeners stumble around intoxicated and confused.

  • Music Notes: Clint Black, Voodoo Daddy get festive in ’burbs Dec 11, 2014 6:25 AM
    Country star Clint Black plays a Christmas concert at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage Friday and swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gives a holiday twist to their tunes Saturday at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall. Plus, acoustic Americana band 6'10 celebrates the release of its debut album Friday at the Brauerhouse in Lombard.

  • Marmion to host Christmas concert Dec 11, 2014 1:03 PM
    The Marmion-Rosary Band, Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble, the Marmion-Rosary Percussion Ensemble and Marmion Chorus present its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Admission is free, with freewill donations will be accepted. The Marmion Choir will feature a variety of Christmas selections, including “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “The Hands that First Held Mary’s Child,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “O, Holy Night.”

  • Lake Zurich all-state musicians: Dec 11, 2014 4:54 PM
    Lake Zurich High School has had a bumper crop of all-state musicians.

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks ABBA and band’s new photo book Dec 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    So their new photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing ABBA again. “ABBA: The Official Photo Book” (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome’s history through more than 600 photographs. “I’m not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures really took me back,” founding member Bjorn Ulvaeus said. The authorized photographic biography, which features numerous photos from the height of the band’s career in the 1970s, was released earlier this year in Europe, and just recently in the United States.

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