| Oct 24, 2011
| 9:09 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, have been hosting star-studded concerts since the mid-’80s to benefit the Bridge School, a nonprofit organization that educates children with severe speech and physical impairments (their son, Ben,...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Levon Helm was the rarest of musical multi-taskers: an unflappable drummer and a singer who wrung soul out of every note. He also was a terrific team player and bandmate; he made the people around him sound good.
Helm was "the only drummer who could make...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 11:57 PM
Day 1 of Lollapalooza 2011 is in the books, as the first of 130 bands played on eight stages Friday in Grant Park. Attendance was maxed out – with 90,000 people expected each of three days at the festival. Here’s how Friday went down, with...
| Jun 3, 2012
| 7:27 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
String together songs such as “Cortez the Killer,” “Pocahontas,” “Like an Inca,” “Powderfinger,” “Goin’ Home” and others from throughout Neil Young’s career, and...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Again Richard Thompson makes the case with his latest album, “Electric” (New West): He belongs with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and a handful of others in his ability to sustain a high level of artistic intensity and integrity in a career that has...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 10:34 PM
Lollapalooza wasn’t built to last two years, let alone intended to be around long enough to celebrate a 20th anniversary Aug. 5-7 in Grant Park.
“I haven’t said this before, but after the first year, I went on my merry way, thinking...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Frank “Pancho” Sampedro, the longtime guitarist in Crazy Horse, is a barrel of a man. He wears the look of a retired linebacker who has put on a few pounds. But he went airborne Thursday at the United Center as he and Neil Young squared off...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 11:03 PM
For Bryan Ferry on Tuesday, it was a tale of two sets.
Part One at the Civic Opera House found the past and still occasional Roxy Music vocalist imitating the skipper of the good ship Yacht Rock, a smooth but disinterested navigator in an expensively...
| May 14, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Donald “Duck” Dunn, who died Sunday at age 70 in Tokyo only hours after playing his final show with longtime friend Steve Cropper, was part of one of soul music’s greatest rhythm sections.
Dunn was a self-taught bass player who had been...
| Jan 15, 2012
| 3:38 PM
The tips collected at Kerry Wood’s charity event at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier Friday went straight to the Wood Family Foundation, which might explain why the Cubs and Bears players working the “Woody’s Winter Warm-up”...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 10:47 AM
What do you expect from a rock star? I just closed the back cover of Neil Young's “Waging Heavy Peace,” his big anticipated memoir (of sorts), clocking in at 500 pages (75 shy of the rock star-memoir mountain peak established by Keith...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:22 PM
If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as Elvis Costello and others have sneered, then what does that make reading about music? Well, fun, for starters. Although Bowker Market Research reports that music books have steadily comprised...