| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A couple of hours before the Blisters played Lollapalooza on Saturday, a drum circle broke out a stone's throw from the stage. The drum circle was composed of small children and toddlers who banged incessantly on bongos and whatever was placed before...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 3:07 PM
A nation lousy with unglamorous crime cries out for the fake stuff, at least in song and in the movies. We love our criminals treated with tender regard and a touch of the poet.
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" is a cinematic ballad from writer-director David...
| Aug 30, 2013
The first time I met Swathi Narra, I admired her unique sense of style. Effortless, bold and confident, it exhibited her personal taste -- a subtle mix of her Indian heritage with contemporary American appeal.
The second time I saw Narra, during...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:39 PM
It's been quite a run for Chicago hip-hop the last few years. Hard-edged drill music from the South Side led by Chief Keef, King Louie, Lil Durk and producer Young Chop hit nationwide first. Then came the soul-dipped textures of Chance the Rapper, Prob...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:44 PM
At least 10 people faced felony drug charges Sunday related to Lollapalooza in Cook County Bond Court, including a Chicago man prosecutors say was carrying more than 150 pills of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.
Sean Magee, 24, of the 6700 block of South...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:56 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Nearly two decades into his unparalleled rap career, Jay Z hasn’t abandoned his lofty ambitions.
In the last year, the hip-hop magnate (born Shawn Carter) jolted the album release model when he struck a multimillion-dollar...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 4:57 AM
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is imposing beefed-up security measures for the 26.2-mile race Oct. 13.
"The bag check is something we've been looking at for a couple of years," Carey Pinkowski, the...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 10:03 AM
Lollapalooza canceled a Saturday performance by the notorious agit-rap group Death Grips. They were replaced in the 8:45 p.m. slot on the Grove stage by Los Angeles rock band Bad Things.
Death Grips did not show up for a festival-sanctioned after-...
| Aug 18, 2013
I keep encountering a T-shirt that reads "Cool story, babe. Now go make me a sandwich."
Not just at a mall kiosk, but on actual people. I saw it on a guy outside Lollapalooza and a guy walking the bike path and another one riding the Blue Line.
| Aug 19, 2013
Chicago's budding bicycle-sharing program has attracted thousands of tourists, biking enthusiasts and the just-plain curious this summer, city transportation officials say. But preliminary data obtained by the Tribune suggest the new service also is...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Over the last decade, the FYF Fest has grown from a scrappy punk-focused event to a sort of mini-version of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Yet even as the two-day FYF draws on Coachella-worthy headliners, books an increasing number of...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......