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  • Matthew E. White eludes the sophomore slump on lovely, orchestral 'Fresh Blood'
    Matthew E. White eludes the sophomore slump on lovely, orchestral 'Fresh Blood'

    When Matthew E. White’s excellent debut, “Big Inner,” hit stores in 2012, one of the prevailing narratives surrounding the album was a story about the Richmond, Va.-based musician personally giving his demos to Randy Newman, his musical idol. Despite one writer referred to the...

  • Arcade Fire's Will Butler makes woefully scatterbrained rock on 'Policy'
    Arcade Fire's Will Butler makes woefully scatterbrained rock on 'Policy'

    Listening to “Policy,” the first solo album from Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Will Butler, it becomes clear that his brother, Win, and Win’s wife, Régine Chassagne, are the driving forces behind the Grammy-award-winning indie band’s success. It’s not...

  • Bears to trade receiver Brandon Marshall to Jets
    Bears to trade receiver Brandon Marshall to Jets

    Brandon Marshall’s time with the Chicago Bears is over. In a bold move finalized Friday, new Bears general manager Ryan Pace has agreed to trade the five-time Pro Bowl receiver to the New York Jets, signifying a new course for a franchise that’s looking to turn the...

  • Woman says ex-boyfriend disguised himself before sexually assaulting her
    Woman says ex-boyfriend disguised himself before sexually assaulting her

    A Chicago woman identified by prosecutors as an escort testified Thursday that she was raped by a former boyfriend after he used a fake identity to evade her online screening process and then showed up at her home in a disguise that included a beard, dark makeup, sunglasses and a turban.

  • Man fatally struck by car on West Side
    Man fatally struck by car on West Side

    A man died after he was hit by a car that swerved into another one on Pulaski Road in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

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