April 18, 2021


Windy City Blues Blowin’ In

Dennos & Ramsdell partner to bring two free Blues concerts to fans
By Lynda Wheatley | March 20, 2021

The Dennos Museum Center and The Ramsdell Center for the Performing Arts (RRCA) are collaborating on a special Windy City Line Up, bringing local audiences free performances and live Zoom sessions with two Chicago Blues musicians: Davy Knowles (pictured above left), at 7:30pm Friday, March 26, and Toronzo Cannon, at 7:30pm Friday, April 9. Both concerts are free and can be streamed through the Dennos Museum Center Youtube channel. Each zoom session, also free, will begin 30 ... Read More >>

Framing Britney Spears

Hey, Watch It
By Meg Weichman | Feb. 20, 2021

You might think you know the story, and even if you do know the story, it’s time to get outraged all over again. Tracing the life of Britney Spears from her rise as a pop princess to global phenomenon and then her tragic downfall as a national punching bag, the documentary Framing Britney Spears revisits Britney’s story a now-unbelievable 13 years into a legal conservatorship that has taken away her most basic ... Read More >>

Join the Marley Party, Mon!

Love Live outdoor birthday bash for Bob Marley at Jacob's Farm
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 30, 2021

Marley music, Jamaican jerk chicken tacos, hot dogs, cocktails, hot cocoa, sledding, snowshoeing XC skiing, bonfires, igloos, and more — and the whole family is invited? Believe it. From noon to 6pm Saturday, Feb. 6, Jacob’s Farm in Traverse City is hosting Love Live, a free outdoor party to celebrate the birth of the one and only Bob Marley, and we can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s day. ... Read More >>

Sufjan is Back

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 16, 2021

Petoskey-born and raised musician Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, The Ascension, last September, but for those of you who (like us) can’t get enough of his poetic lyrics and ethereal sound, you can enjoy a bit of both on a new tune, “Song of Trouble,” which dropped last week Wednesday. The first single from the first solo album trumpeter CJ Camerieri released under his CARM moniker, the song was co-written ... Read More >>

Hey, Watch It

Saved by the Bell
By Meg Weichman | Dec. 5, 2020

“I’m so excited” to report that the ultimate ’90s teen sitcom, Saved by the Bell, is back! And before you roll your eyes at yet another TV revival, reunion, reboot, or what have you, we promise you that this continuation of the beloved show not only will delight its grown fans but also happens to be one of the best new sitcoms this year. With serious comedy chops behind it (think 30 Rock writers), the ... Read More >>

Stream It: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Celtic Family Christmas At Home
By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 5, 2020

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things about pandemic life is the opportunity to peek inside the personal spaces of newscasters and celebrities taping their shows from homes. This month, you’ve got an opportunity to peek internationally, with Celtic hubs-wife fiddle-playing masters Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy taking the “stage” from their home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The pair are longtime favorites of City Opera House audiences, ... Read More >>

The Killers Exercise Caution

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 11, 2020

The Killers have a new song on deck called “Caution,” their first release since leaving their hometown of Las Vegas. Citing the likes of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Bruce Springsteen as influences on “Caution,” which comes from the band’s upcoming full-length album, Imploding the Mirage (Island Records), the single also features former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, with additional appearances throughout the album by Blake Mills, Lucius, and War on Drugs’ ... Read More >>

Don’t Worry About Ellie Goulding

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 4, 2020

Ellie Goulding has just produced a new music video in collaboration with musician and music producer Matthew Tyler Musto, aka blackbear, for her single “Worry About Me.” blackbear actually appears in the video as a set of twins, cavorting with Goulding in the woods alongside some Middle America scenery and a flock of chickens. The song is an “independently minded” single about Goulding rejecting a guy who only wanted to date her ... Read More >>

Moore Returns with New Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 28, 2020

Singer and actress Mandy Moore (of TV show This is Us) has released her first album since her 2009 release, Amanda Leigh. The new set, called Silver Landings, was produced alongside her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes, and producer Mike Viola. Moore promoted the set with a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, where she performed the set’s first retro-inflected, nostalgic single “When I Wasn’t Watching” …Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s MTV Unplugged session is being released as a separate album; until now, tracks from the ... Read More >>

Eilish. Billie Eilish.

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 7, 2020

Grammy-winner Billie Eilish (along with her writer-producer brother Finneas, who’s a solo artist in his own right) will be the featured artist for the theme song to the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die. The movie and song will hit theatres and outlets on April 10 in the U.S. (it’ll arrive in the U.K. on April 2); the song was co-written by Eilish and her brother. Both musicians say they’re ... Read More >>

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