I can’t help it. It’s my passion, though people who know me would argue that it is an obsession. XRT became “Chicago’s Finest Rock” station more than 40 years ago, and doing the math, I realize I’ve been a weekend DJ here for most of those years. Yikes! For now I’m just popping in for a shift here or there. [Read Leslie’s Full Bio]
It was a sweaty evening full of winning songs, stellar playing, and collaborative spirit, revealing yet another side of Petty’s genius.
JC Brooks’ Uptown Sound bounced through Chicago’s Uptown last weekend in a punkafunkadelicious free show.
Florence Welch hit Lolla’s headline stage with bare feet, clad in a satin silver suit, her long reddish curls and graceful hands flowing with gusts of wind under darkening clouds. Before “What the Water Gave Me” was finished, she was dashing, jumping and twirling across the stage, apparently fully healed after suffering a broken foot […]
Chalk up another one for Sir Paul McCartney, former Beatle, Wingsman and prolific solo artist to this day. McCartney opened with “Magical Mystery Tour,” then licked a finger and held it up to gauge and engage the “Lollapaloozans.” “Hot,” he concluded with a smile. Still boyish and charismatic at 73, McCartney kept an energetic pace […]
His music can hit like a thunderstorm or soothe like a summer sprinkle. Either way, it sinks in and feels real. Winning fans since his days with Whiskeytown, Adams has continued to evolve as a collaborator, producer and solo artist, releasing a self-titled album last month. Last Thursday, backed by a galaxy of lights and a supportive band, the denim clad, shaggy haired Adams opened a sold-out show with the leadoff single, “Gimme Something Good.” Check out another new one,”Stay With Me.”
Music can be a powerful elixir for whatever ails you, be it money trouble, a health scare or a broken heart. Lou Reed once told us that Jenny’s “life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll.” So if your spirit is sinking, keep afloat with these songs:
“This ain’t no boy band” declared one member of the Southern Soul Assembly, prompting a hearty round of laughter. Fans of these singer-songwriter-instrumentalists, each acclaimed in his own right, might instead call them a super-group.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater intersects with rock ‘n roll’s Jack White this week at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. It may seem a surprising mash-up, but bending boundaries in dance and music is part of what makes Ailey performances a thrill.
Franz Ferdinand has crafted a sound all it’s own that hit just right at a sold-out XRT show at the Riviera Theater 10/10/13
Let’s hope for clear skies in Chicagoland so we can fully appreciate the biggest, brightest moon of 2013. A supermoon, in astrological parlance, occurs when the crest of a lunar full phase overlaps with perigee, the point in the moon’s elliptic orbit where the moon is closest to earth. Peak time is Sunday, June 23, […]