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Chicago’s World Music Festival celebrates an eclectic variety of music from around the globe

Here’s a sampling of the eclectic performers at World Music Festival Chicago. The free shows are scheduled at venues across the city.

IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT — The Fixx

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The best Fixx songs engage both the hips and the head.

Riot Fest & Rise Against: Two Chicago punk legends grow up together

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Tim McIlrath is not just headlining Riot Fest this weekend with his hardcore punk group Rise Against, he is also a fan.

Garth Brooks doesn’t miss a beat in long-awaited return to touring

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A few songs into his show Thursday, Garth Brooks stopped for a moment, bent over to hold his knees and let the audience into his head: “I’m 107 years old.”

Michelle Williams stages a musical comeback

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Gospel, twerking and ratchet are terms not often heard in the same sentence. But when it comes to Michelle Williams, the former Destiny’s Child member now known for her inspirational bent, such combinations make total sense.

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

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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.

Just hours before kicking off his world tour, Garth Brooks is ready for ‘game day’

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Country superstar Garth Brooks holds court with the media today in Rosemont during a press conference just hours before he was to kick off his hugely anticipated world tour at the Allstate Arena.

The Handsome Family returns to Chicago for Hideout festival

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The Handsome Family is a small one: Just two people, Brett and Rennie Sparks, a married couple that started making music in Chicago where they were part of a then-flourishing roots music scene in the mid-1990s.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra names Jeff Alexander as new president

Nearly nine months after Deborah F. Rutter announced that she would be leaving her post as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association after a hugely successful 11-year run, the CSO parent organization announced her successor Wednesday.

Brad Paisley turns up the fun on ‘Moonshine’

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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

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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

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Five Seconds of Summer is having quite the season.

Pianist Dan Tepfer blends classical music with jazz improvisation

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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.

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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

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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

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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.