| Mar 26, 2013
Trivia time: Name two “Idol” runners-up who went on to sell boatloads of albums and earn major awards for starring in a film about 1960s female soul singers.
One, of course, is Chicago-native Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”). The...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 8:53 AM
"The Sapphires," which opens Friday, is the crowd-pleasing, based-on-actual-people story of four young Aboriginal women who team up with a male Irish manager and perform for American troops in Vietnam, so it's covering its bases internationally.
| Mar 14, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
In his well-intentioned but self-serving documentary “Reincarnated,” Snoop Dogg—sorry, Snoop Lion, his new reggae persona—says many things he can’t substantiate:
>> Hip-hop is a form of reggae and...
| Mar 15, 2013
With Ultra Music Festival's addition of a second weekend to celebrate its 15 years, March 15 marks the start of a two-week block saturated with dubstep, house, and drum and bass.
The headliners are no surprise: There's Tiesto, David Guetta, Deadmau5 and...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 1:32 PM
He is known to artists such as Kanye West and Beyonce simply as "Big Jon."
Jon Platt, a music-publishing veteran of EMI responsible for signing top hip-hop and R&B talent including Usher, Drake, Ludacris and others, announced Monday that he's landed at...
| May 21, 2012
| 7:48 AM
Chicago's Black Ensemble Theatre is to make its first major foray into rap and tell the life story of Tupac Amaru Shakur.
The new show, to be shepherded by artistic director Jackie Taylor, is slated to open in January of next year at Black Ensemble's new...
| Dec 16, 2011
| 5:37 PM
A federal judge today agreed to release Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd on $100,000 cash bond, a day after he was charged with accepting a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover federal agent posing as a drug supplier.
Under an agreement with federal...
| 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...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 6:58 PM
Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at 75, was a civil rights pioneer disguised as a dance-music-show host. He used to sign off the “Soul Train” show he founded in Chicago by wishing his viewers “love, peace and soul,” and devoted...
| Mar 17, 2011
Hip-hop singer Nate Dogg, who along with Snoop Dogg and Warren G is credited with crafting the blend of singing and rapping now known as G-funk, has died. He was 41.
Nate Dogg, who was born Nathaniel D. Hale, died Tuesday at a Laguna Niguel care facility...
| Oct 27, 2010
When the sprawling British ensemble Gorillaz reunited to close out the final night of Coachella in April, anyone familiar with the band might have been shocked at what they saw.
Gorillaz, co-founded a decade ago by Blur frontman and U.K. rock macher...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 6:06 PM
Standing onstage Sunday night at San Diego's Valley View Casino Center, the DJ Tiesto twisted some knobs on his Pioneer CDJ-1000 turntable as 6,500 screaming fans formed a sea of waving hands, flashing cellphone cameras and wide-eyed faces. Jets of...