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Billy Corgan at home and at peace with making rock and roll

Corgan is quietly redefining what it is to be a maturing rock star. He has the brand (Pumpkins) when he wants to fire up the stadium rock; he has a neighborhood teashop (Madame ZuZu’s) when he wants to indulge in noise experiments to 30 people.

Brad Paisley turns up the fun on ‘Moonshine’


Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.”

Life changing event


Two years ago, when The Cadillac Three were known as The Cadillac Black and the majority of the Joe’s Bar crowd that night were there to see a new country duo called Florida Georgia Line, life changed for drummer Neil Mason.

“I remember hanging out …

5SOS joins One Direction for tour stop at Soldier Field


Five Seconds of Summer is having quite the season.

Pianist Dan Tepfer blends classical music with jazz improvisation


Dan Tepfer can lay down a captivating take on a standard and swing with the best of them.

Rock group the Trews big in Canada, less so in U.S.


The band is counting on live shows south of the border to win over America “one fan at a time.”

Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight shot at L.A. nightclub


Death Row Records founder and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was injured in an early morning shooting Sunday in a packed nightclub but was expected to survive, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant said. Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around …

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges’ sound mirrors his films


Even though he is an Academy Award winner and one of the most respected film actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges has kept things down to earth by making music.

Lush harmonies, arrangements propel Moonrise Nation


The stars are aligning for ’60s-sounding trio Moonrise Nation, who headline Lincoln Hall Saturday night.

Steans singers’ closing program a theatrical feast


The Steans Program for Singers closed out its calendar Monday night at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall.

Taylor Swift sets country aside, records “official pop album”

Coming in October, “1989” honors the year she was born and the sounds of the late ’80s.

Michael Cera pulls off surprise album release


Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week — quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. “I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen …

Mark Lewisohn, Mike Pender are among the celeb lineup at The Fest for Beatles Fans.


Mike Pender has never included Beatles songs in his show. For this weekend’s Fest for Beatles Fans, the Searchers singer and guitarist will make an exception. Pender is one of the musical headliners for the 38th annual Chicago fest along with Monkees drummer Mickey Dolenz, …

William Bolcom to premiere ‘Millennium’ at Grant Park Music Festival


When the Grant Park Music Festival decided to celebrate its 80th anniversary this summer by commissioning a composer to write a work for the occasion, an obvious candidate quickly emerged: William Bolcom.

Post-KISS, Ace Frehley all about the solo work


Eight years sober, the guitarist says his new “Space Invader” shows “that I am more focused these days.”

Alexander Kariotis honors late brother in rock opera style


From growing up in Elmhurst to becoming one of the brightest stars in the grandiose rock opera tradition, Alexander Kariotis’ life is profiled on an album including collaborations with jazz purveyor David Sanborn and Run DMC’s Darryl McDaniels.