Though Courtney Barnett was born and raised in Australia, the Melbourne-based musician has experienced more success stateside than in her native land, selling out a string of U.S. dates before selling out a single gig back home.
August, as always, is dominated by Lollapalooza and its myriad after-parties. Even so, there are plenty of other shows hitting town this month that should excite music fans, including arena stops from marquee names (Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry) and club gigs from a smattering of up-and-comers (Strand of Oaks, Operators). Here are the month's 30 best concerts. --Andy Downing for RedEye
We could go on and on about why Lolla 2014 (Aug. 1-3 at Grant Park) will be awesome thanks to performances by well-known, acclaimed acts Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Chance the Rapper and so forth. That’s true; it will be awesome.
Here's what we know so far about Riot Fest 2014:
It’s like Garth Brooks never left. Though he hasn’t performed in Chicago since the late ‘90s, the country star lined up a 10-night residency Friday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and then promptly sold it out.
Before reviewing last night's Jay Z and Beyonce show at Soldier Field, we should address the elephant in the room: According to Page Six, Mr. and Mrs. Carter are headed toward divorce. The abridged version of the theory says they're only doing the "On the Run" tour as a final cash-grab before splitting up forever. Is it true? I don't know. But the report likely turned Thursday's massive crowd into relationship analysts when the couple's hug abruptly turned into an awkward handshake and Beyonce covered Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor," a song that’s definitely about a breakup.
Jack White performs at The Chicago Theatre.
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They’ve been Forbes’ highest-earning celebrity couple for the past two years (banking an estimated $95 million in 2013), but Beyonce and Jay Z’s reign in the pop culture world is about so much more than money.
American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the so...
American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the song "Rescue Me," died in St. Louis. She was 72.