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Laura Cantrell finds new meaning via her latest collection of original tunes

The last we heard from Laura Cantrell was the 2011 album “Kitty Wells Dresses,” on which she covered songs originally performed by her country music heroine. The great tunes on this lovingly produced disc were a perfect match for Cantrell’s singing style that harkens back …

Corey Smith finding his country music bearings

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Country music’s Corey Smith says his upcoming album will reflect the powerhouse live shows he and his band are known for.

Jurassic 5 rekindles the magic with reunion tour

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It was the reunion no one saw coming. An “older” and “wiser” Jurassic 5 reunites for 20th anniversary tour.

Joe Perry jazzed about new Aerosmith tour, new book — and Paul McCartney

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Joe Perry is a very busy guy these days. There’s the new Aerosmith tour, a new book and a “private” project with Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp.

Shoes finally find its stride as a live act

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Only now, after 40 years, have the self-created, cult-heroic studio rats known as Shoes truly hit their stride as a live act.

Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails revisit the past during current tour

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In the summer of 1994, Seattle grunge rockers Soundgarden and Midwest industrial metal enthusiasts Nine Inch Nails were at the prime of their careers at a time when alternative styles of rock music ruled the radio and album sales still molded megastars.

Common’s new album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ offers a surprising showcase of Chicago hip hop

This album is a lot of things but mostly it’s thoughtful in its approach to describing the problems and the life of Chicago.

James Conlon again spotlights music silenced by Third Reich

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The Ravinia Festival music director opens this summer’s stay with chamber music by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Dan + Shay riding a tidal wave of success, but staying true to their music

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Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay is a real smart guy.

A boy from Pennsylvania that was always good at math, Smyers attended Carnegie Mellon University as a finance major. He worked hard to graduate in three years so he could get back to his …

IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Phish

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If Phish sells out one night of a multi-night stand, you can expect the entire run to follow suit. That’s because the band is the focus of a community that observes Phish dates like joyful family reunions. It’s easy to get caught in the crowd’s …

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The mix Some cool things to do this weekend and beyond. to your health The Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon & 5K is set for Grant Park on July 20. An after-festival takes place in Butler Field. On July 18-19, a health & fitness …

The Mekons, Robbie Fulks join together to bring Chicago country music to Scottish Highlands

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Try shepherding a sheep along Chicago’s potholed-streets, and it becomes very clear: The broken streets of this city and the beatific Scottish Highlands are worlds apart.

Blues legend Johnny Winter, 70, dies in Switzerland

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GENEVA — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter emblazoned himself into the world’s consciousness with his tattooed arms churning out lightning-fast guitar riffs and his striking long white hair flowing from under his cowboy hat.

His contrasting appearance and devotion to the blues pioneers of the …

Tall Heights refined folk sound busking in Boston

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Tall Heights is not your normal band. And that’s just the way Tim Harrington and Paul Wright want it.

Lincoln Center to stream Seeger memorial concert

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NEW YORK — Lincoln Center in New York says it will offer a live stream from a weekend memorial concert for Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi (TOH’-shee). The free concert will be held Sunday at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. It will feature artists and …

Lady Gaga at United Center leads wild, but wildly uneven disco party

If Stefani Germanotta only could get Lady Gaga out of the way of her career.