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  • Lindi Ortega's time has come

    Lindi Ortega's time has come
    It's not every day we get to talk to a country diva who dresses like a goth Loretta Lynn and cites Frida Kahlo as a touchstone. Meet Lindi Ortega, a singular artist whose time has come. Born and raised in Toronto and now based in Nashville, the raven-...
  • In defense of Billy Corgan's 'Siddhartha'

    In defense of Billy Corgan's 'Siddhartha'
    "Play normal music!" The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
  • Iron and Wine's shock to the system, 'Ghost on Ghost'

    Iron and Wine's shock to the system, 'Ghost on Ghost'
    "I get restless pretty quick," is how singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who records under the name Iron and Wine, explains his latest album, "Ghost on Ghost." Recorded with strings and horn sections and backup singers, it's an eclectic folk/pop/R&B album that...
  • Old devil time claims Pete Seeger, 94

     
    Updated from Tuesday's blog for the Sunday print column Folk legend, activist Pete Seeger dead at 94. WFMT FM 98.7 host Rich Warren will devote all three hours of "The Midnight Special" program Saturday to Seeger and his legacy. The......
  • Cold snaps makes instruments crackle and pop

     
    The second fret had become buzzy on my vintage mandolin. Not a crisis for a person of my skill level, but since the top on my son’s acoustic guitar had just developed a crack, I took both instruments to Jim......
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Too good to be true of course, this ambitious viral video hoax heralding the......
  • HOLIDAY GUIDE 2013: Dozens more shows for the season

    HOLIDAY GUIDE 2013: Dozens more shows for the season
    Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
  • Final call for entries

     
    My colleague Mary Schmich and I figure that John Lennon’s 1969 hit, “Give Peace a Chance” needs some new verses. The original hippie rap doggerel – “Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism” --- and allusions to...
  • 'Songs of Good Cheer' tickets, last chance

     
    I don't mean to seem to be flogging the "Songs of Good Cheer" holiday singalong shows that Mary Schmich and I host at the Old Town School of Folk Music ever December -- it needs no flogging, as every show......
  • Wassail! (?)

     
    As is usually the case, last-minute cancellations and returns have opened up a few tickets for each of the remaining "Songs of Good Cheer" performances that Mary Schmich and I headline at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544......
  • Sweet Christmas Chicago

     
    From 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening I'll be the guest host on "Sweet Folk Chicago" (WFMT-FM 98.7) spinning a selection of my favorite Christmas songs, some of which I'm betting you've never heard and will be glad to learn.......
  • Pullman's complicated legacy keeps churning

    Pullman's complicated legacy keeps churning
    After each performance of "Pullman Porter Blues," the lobby of the Goodman Theatre has been alive with talk both wistful and outraged, a weird if understandable mix given the complex legacy of George Pullman and the rail car company he created here....