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Review: David Crosby brings new songs to City Winery
David Crosby procrastinated more than 20 years before finally releasing a new solo album, "Croz," earlier this year. In the months since, he apparently discovered a sense of urgency. The 72-year-old singer played the record from start to finish Monday at the first of a sold-out two-night stand at City Winery. While not without hiccups, the recent material forced Crosby out of the nostalgic comfort zone and reiterated themes central to his familiar work. The Age of Aquarius passed long ago, ...
Famed blues guitarist Johnny Winter dead at 70
Johnny <span class="highlight"><span class="highlight">Winter</span></span>, an American blues rock guitarist, vocalist and band leader best known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos and raspy vocals, was found dead in a hotel room outsideZurich, Swiss police said on Thursday. He was 70.
Review: 'Boyhood' ★★★★
By the midpoint of writer-director Richard Linklater's gentle marvel "Boyhood," the round-faced young Texas boy played by Ellar Coltrane has become a lanky, plaintive teenager. Already an hour or so of screen time has floated by. Linklater made the film with a core group of actors over a 12-year period, starting with the kids played by Coltrane and Linklater's daughter, Lorelei Linklater, at ages 7 and 9, respectively.
Gasp, drop and roll: Goliath opens at Great America
Here's what the new Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags Great America offers: It is the world's fastest wooden roller coaster (at 72 mph), with the longest and steepest vertical drop (180 feet at 85 degrees). It also has inversions, meaning, "Gurnee goes upside down." Twice.
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Elvis Costello didn't take an easy or predictable route Wednesday at a sold-out Copernicus Center. Seemingly on a mission to connect the common threads of popular music styles from the past century, the singer/guitarist performed a marathon 145-minute show touching on every facet of his adventurous career. Focusing on deep-catalog material, Costello displayed his unwavering commitment to excavating the memories, meanings and mysteries held in song—a pursuit he implied in "45," an ode ...
Jeanne Gang designing shell for Lyric Opera
In the latest collaboration between the renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and a Chicago-area arts institution, Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architects, have designed a new acoustical shell for Lyric Opera the company will use for its concert performances at the Civic Opera House beginning in the fall, Lyric announced Wednesday.
'Watch Dogs' makes Chicago a digitized surveillance state
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience? Can you hope to capture the geography and character of a real place in a game? Should you aim for accuracy? Or reinvent that place to make it work for you?
Deaths, arrest underscore safety challenges at SXSW
AUSTIN, Texas -- South by Southwest is one of the best music conferences in the world, and also one of the biggest. And now it's also notable for another unwanted reason: the deaths of two people on a crowded street at the height of the musical festivities.
John Prine Chicago concert review
Singer, narrator, guitarist, comic, teacher, old soul: John Prine seamlessly transitioned between multiple roles during a triumphant homecoming concert Friday at a sold-out Symphony Center. The former Chicagoan's appearance came just a few months after he underwent surgery for lung cancer, which forced the postponement of several dates late last year. While the operation appears to have slightly cut back on his volume and range, Prine's ebullient spirit and sharp storytelling never faltered ...