| Aug 30, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Our apologies for our absence yesterday. We burned a rare vacation day to tackle the increasingly Serengeti-like conditions of the front lawn at Casa de Capitol Ideas. While plowing through the high grass of our........
| Dec 7, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Meshell Ndegeocello's place in pop culture has shrunk since her mid-'90s days on MTV. But her talent has only grown. In October the New York-based singer-bassist released the stunningly beautiful "Pour Une Âme Souveraine," a collection of songs written or...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 4:58 AM
With a fedora shadowing his eyes and a sharp suit accenting some spry dance steps, the 78-year-old Leonard Cohen played many roles Friday before a full house at the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont: gentleman caller, graying patriarch, undertaker, assassin,...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 10:48 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
“I’m trying to keep the noise down,” John Cale sings on his 15th studio album. Fat chance of that happening. “Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood” (Six Degrees) finds the Velvet Underground cofounder still in...
| Apr 25, 2012
UPDATE: THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED. CHECK BACK LATER THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT WHO MADE THE FINAL 4!
After 9 years of facing off Chicago bands in our Rock ‘n’ Vote competition, you might think the city would run out of strong candidates.
You would be...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Listening to Sharon Van Etten's music, you'd never guess she has a difficult time showing vulnerability.
The Jersey-born singer-songwriter's albums are uniformly confessional, steeped in heartache, longing and regret. Listening to battered tunes like...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 6:12 PM
I remember kind of liking Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but thought they tried too hard to be hip with all the music references. The writer of that screenplay – Lorene Scafaria – wrote this, making her directorial debut. This...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 7:48 AM
John Cale, Conor Oberst and Bobby Womack will be among the headliners at the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Fall Showcase, Sept. 21-23 at the Riverfront Theater, 650 W. Chicago.
Tribune Co., which publishes this newspaper, is a full, revenue...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 11:42 AM
Everyone, it seems, works with Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), eventually: Damon Albarn (in Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad and the Queen), the Rapture, the Black Keys, Beck, Cee-Lo Green (in Gnarls Barkley), the Shins' James Mercer (as Broken Bells), and...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 7:04 AM
My first Leonard Cohen experience was the soundtrack on Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," where Cohen declared, among other things, "Everybody knows."
What I soon knew was that Leonard Cohen was a writer of weight. I started listening to...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 4:37 PM
Arlo Guthrie, on the road with the Woody Guthrie centennial celebration, talks about his family's connection to the small Texas town of Pampa....
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The Velvet Undergrounder/singer/songwriter/producer/composer/cantankerous Welshman John Cale is officially a septuagenarian....