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.
**1/2 (out of 4)
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.
On the first full song ("Influence") of Jurassic 5’s major label debut (2000’s “Quality Control”), the group claimed they could “rock shows with no rehearsal.” Recently, the L.A. hip-hop outfit—which fans know actually has six members—has taken that declaration to the extreme, reuniting after a six-year hiatus without missing a step.
***= Recommended shows
**** (out of four)
Kendrick Lamar's festival-closing Pitchfork set -- lifeless at times and a bad impression of a neo-soul concert at others.
It's not as if you really can hear what Meredith Graves is saying on Perfect Pussy's debut album "Say Yes to Love." But during Sunday afternoon's Pitchfork set (which was the same length as its 23-minute album), the New York band suffered from such sound issues that sometimes Graves couldn't be heard at all.
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.