Born in Chicago, I moved away and came back three times, so this must be the place for me. I’ve always loved music and radio, be it big band jazz on my dad’s solid state RCA, Top-40 AM on a transistor, FM rock on enormous stereo equipment, or podcasts on iPods. [Read Leslie's Full Bio]
“This ain’t no boy band” declared one member of the Southern Soul Assembly, prompting a hearty round of laughter. Fans of these singer-songwriter-instrumentalists, each acclaimed in his own right, might instead call them a super-group.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater intersects with rock ‘n roll’s Jack White this week at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. It may seem a surprising mash-up, but bending boundaries in dance and music is part of what makes Ailey performances a thrill.
Franz Ferdinand has crafted a sound all it’s own that hit just right at a sold-out XRT show at the Riviera Theater 10/10/13
Let’s hope for clear skies in Chicagoland so we can fully appreciate the biggest, brightest moon of 2013. A supermoon, in astrological parlance, occurs when the crest of a lunar full phase overlaps with perigee, [...]
Fitz and the Tantrums hosted a blissful, non-stop dance party at the sold-out Double Door XRT show 4/23/13.
Jim James, front man for My Morning Jacket, performed his entire debut album, Regions of Light and Sound of God for a WXRT sell-out at the Vic Theater Saturday night. He emerged as a solo artist, a visionary, a rock ‘n roll messiah.
It was a mecca for music-lovers of every stripe, a teen hang-out, and most of all, place of magnificent discovery. Just about everyone who lived in north suburban Deerfield back then has a story to [...]
Playing the part of “Mr. Mardi Gras,” Allen Toussaint, at one point, tossed into the crowd souvenirs from his hometown of New Orleans. But it’s his treasure trove of music that makes a night with Allen Toussaint special.
The sweep and scope of Toussaint’s set is like a history lesson in New Orleans jazz, blues and R&B. His gentlemanly charm and wonderful stories make it accessible. And the danceable, irresistible rhythms are omnipresent. Performances are loaded with his many hit songs, like “Mother-In-Law,” “Yes We Can Can,” “Southern Nights, ” and, famously covered by Jerry Garcia, “Get Out Of My Life Woman.”
XRT listeners are, by definition, music lovers with open minds, so I’m urging you to take a leap from music concert to dance performance. No better time to make the move than now, with the [...]
Suzanne Vega possesses much of the elegance of stars like Marlene Dietrich, who inspired one of her best-known songs, and her top hat and tux attire, at two XRT shows at SPACE. Vega opened her [...]