Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Science-meets-symphony in ‘Northern Lights’ ]]> Lead story image

Summer in Chicago is an odd time to see the northern lights. We’re thousands of miles from the frigid northern lands where those dazzling, color-filled displays, also known as the aurora borealis, periodically light up the skies. This weekend the Grant Park Music Festival brings images of the northern lights to the warmth of a late summer night in Chicago. On Friday and Saturday the Grant Park Orchestra will give the world premiere of “The Legend of the Northern Lights,” a piece by composer Christopher Theofanidis for narrator, orchestra and accompanying video. Carlos Kalmar, the festival’s artistic director and principal … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:17:30 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29098226-421/science-meets-symphony-in-northern-lights.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29098226-421/science-meets-symphony-in-northern-lights.html <![CDATA[ in the spotlight Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ]]> Lead story image

It may be hyperbole to name Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as America’s best rock and roll band, but not by much. At 63, Petty is still playing with attitude. “I’m going to keep on fighting ’til I get it right,” Petty sings on “American Dream Plan B” from the Heartbreakers’ new album “Hypnotic Eye.” He remains vulnerable on “Fault Lines,” while his cracking band rages behind him. With lean and potent songwriting, Petty must have taken notes during recent years helming Sirius/XM Radio’s “Buried Treasure” show. His new material buzzes with garage rock urgency, with dashes of psych-rock chime, … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:04:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29380853-421/in-the-spotlight-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29380853-421/in-the-spotlight-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers.html <![CDATA[ World Music ]]> Lead story image

Earlier this summer the Ukrainian folk quartet DakhaBrakha got a warm welcome at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. It was their first performance in front of a large American audience not totally comprised of world music fans. Safe to say it was a thrilling moment. “People were so open and friendly,” says band member Marko Halanevych. “The support was massive from the first notes. We will remember this gig for a long time.” DakhaBrakha’s vibe is nothing if not revolutionary. Their refreshing music is rooted in Ukrainian folk melodies but with added modern beats that jettison it into a … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:02:02 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29380953-421/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/29380953-421/story.html <![CDATA[ 4th of July weekend offers an array of concerts worth celebrating ]]> Lead story image

When the allure of listening to firework bombasts wears off this July 4th weekend, there’s also a hefty lineup of concerts waiting for you. ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:42:01 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28429094-421/4th-of-july-weekend-offers-an-array-of-concerts-worth-celebrating.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28429094-421/4th-of-july-weekend-offers-an-array-of-concerts-worth-celebrating.html <![CDATA[ Life these days is ‘Heaven’ for Tim McGraw ]]> Lead story image

At 47, Tim McGraw is seven years sober, in the best shape of his life, in the midst of a 30-city tour, and excitedly anticipating his 13th studio album, “Sundown Heaven Town.” ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:19:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28318222-421/life-these-days-is-heaven-for-tim-mcgraw.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28318222-421/life-these-days-is-heaven-for-tim-mcgraw.html <![CDATA[ Sarah McLachlan celebrates new beginnings with ‘Shine On’ ]]> Lead story image

‘I started to write breakup songs again, but this time it felt boring to me.” Sarah McLachlan is throwing us all for a loop on her latest album. Since the beginning, the Canadian singer-songwriter behind such tearjerkers as “Angel” and “I Will Remember You” has built a 25-year career on pulling at listener’s heartstrings with her vulnerable ballads and that ethereal voice (not to mention the inescapable ASPCA commercials). Yet her own emotional struggles during the past four years started to shake the Canadian singer-songwriter’s foundation. Within a matter of months in 2010 she lost her father, ended her marriage, … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:10:57 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28439340-421/sarah-mclachlan-celebrates-new-beginnings-with-shine-on.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28439340-421/sarah-mclachlan-celebrates-new-beginnings-with-shine-on.html <![CDATA[ IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Janelle Monae & Gary Clark Jr. ]]> Lead story image

The Taste of Chicago includes a healthy side of pop music to accompany its main course of local cuisine. Running from July 9-13, the festival features headlining acts at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park. Recent line-ups have included veteran talent like Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Ray Davies of the Kinks, in addition to breakout talent like this year’s Janelle Monae and Gary Clark Jr. Monse made an impression at the United Center last September, both as an opening act and performing a show-stopping duet of “Take Me With U” during Prince’s “Welcome 2 Chicago” tour. The artist … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:19:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28403185-421/in-the-music-spotlight-janelle-monae-gary-clark-jr.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28403185-421/in-the-music-spotlight-janelle-monae-gary-clark-jr.html <![CDATA[ Ringo Starr’s simply mad about drumming — but loving his painting, too ]]> Lead story image

Music legend Ringo Starr arrives in Chicago June 28 not only with his All Starr Band in tow, but with a bevy of artwork that just might give us the clearest view of the man as he stands today. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:15:07 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28301316-421/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28301316-421/story.html <![CDATA[ IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT— Hamilton Leithauser ]]> Lead story image

At the end of 2013, New York-based indie-rockers the Walkmen completed support of their seventh album “Heaven.” Fans and critics had praised the album as the group’s most upbeat. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser described its creation as the band’s easiest. So, it was surprising when members put the band on “extreme hiatus.” Essentially, they split up. Mere months later, Leithauser is straight back to work supporting his solo debut “Black Hours.” Former bandmate Paul Maroon remains a key creative partner. The quintet even reunited for a show in February. If there wasn’t a desire for down time or distance from the … ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:38:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28301324-421/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/28301324-421/story.html <![CDATA[ Langford delivers pumped-up folk with rock edges on latest CD ]]> Lead story image

Jon Langford, who’s recorded many albums as a member of The Mekons and Waco Brothers, started out in punk and later developed his love of country music inspired by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and other classic country greats. But his new album takes a detour from both of these. “Here Be Monsters,” recorded with another of his musical outings, the band Skull Orchard, features ten songs that feel more like amped-up folk tunes with a rock ‘n’ roll tinge. These new additions to Langford’s songbook are filled with politically charged ideas and Langford’s own sharp sense of the … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:17:35 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/27854406-421/langford-delivers-pumped-up-folk-with-rock-edges-on-latest-cd.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/27854406-421/langford-delivers-pumped-up-folk-with-rock-edges-on-latest-cd.html <![CDATA[ Foster the People deliver worldly inspired ‘Supermodel’ ]]> Lead story image

Mark Foster’s favorite hit songs are the ones written without thought given to eventual chart potential. ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:01:02 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/27427728-421/foster-the-people-deliver-worldly-inspired-supermodel.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/27427728-421/foster-the-people-deliver-worldly-inspired-supermodel.html <![CDATA[ Local Buzz for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:25:36 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25824066-421/local-buzz-for-march-7-2014.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25824066-421/local-buzz-for-march-7-2014.html <![CDATA[ IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings ]]> Lead story image

With recent bands like Fitz and the Tantrums packing halls, and sweat-soaked old-school talent like Charles Bradley on the rise, the soul music revival that began in the late ’90s continues to percolate. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been at the vanguard, outlasting dabblers and trend-jumpers by producing impassioned material and electrifying shows since launching from Brooklyn in 2000. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:48:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/26745739-421/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/26745739-421/story.html <![CDATA[ Christina Perri has her music all figured out ]]> Lead story image

Once you get past her sensitive, yet strong, voice and her breathtaking beauty, you find that singer-songwriter Christina Perri has one more endearing gift. She is a freak when it comes to numbers. “We began working on this album on Oct. 23, 2012, and spent one year and 78 days making the album,” she says during a phone interview from tour rehearsals in Los Angeles. “I started an actual countdown to April 1, the date that ‘Head or Heart’ was coming out, but then it leaked [just recently], so we started streaming it on iTunes, and I have listened to … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:24:00 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/26599043-421/story.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/26599043-421/story.html <![CDATA[ On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice ]]> Lead story image

“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:38 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25989130-421/on-new-cd-solo-tour-jennifer-nettles-is-finding-a-new-empowering-voice.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25989130-421/on-new-cd-solo-tour-jennifer-nettles-is-finding-a-new-empowering-voice.html <![CDATA[ ‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life ]]> Lead story image

Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:04 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25987661-421/ring-of-fire-lacks-soul-of-johnny-cashs-life.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/25987661-421/ring-of-fire-lacks-soul-of-johnny-cashs-life.html