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Top 30 May 2014 concerts

Top 30 May 2014 concerts

Chicago's live music scene is gradually warming up with the temperatures. This May sees a glut of shows from established vets who rarely perform live (Television, Slint) and up-and-comers we should have the joy of watching onstage for years to come (Haim, EMA, Cloud Nothings). Here are the month's 30 best shows. --Andy Downing for RedEye

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A more upscale Coachella still has some fun ragged edges

A more upscale Coachella still has some fun ragged edges

INDIO — The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been referred to by some as Bro-chella since at least 2008, when the annual desert gathering featured such dude-friendly headliners as Jack Johnson and Roger Waters.

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Muse, Pharrell headline Coachella amid dust storm

Muse, Pharrell headline Coachella amid dust storm

British rockers Muse and R&B singer Pharrell served up musical highlights at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday night amid windy weather and cooler temperatures.

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Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion

Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion

INDIO, California (Reuters) - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage.

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Interview: 5 Seconds of Summer, a boy band that's actually a band

A boy band that's actually a band

Old news: The popularity of One Direction. Actual news: The exploding success of 5 Seconds of Summer, the quartet of Australian teenagers who will open for 1D during two late-August shows at Soldier Field and sold out their entire North American headlining tour, including a stop April 17 at Riviera, in a measly five minutes. If that doesn’t impress you: They’ve already been No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 42 different countries. Also of note: The members of 5SOS actually play instruments and write their own songs.

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Common, Donda's House, Chicago Urban League develop music festival, jobs initiative

Common develops music fest, jobs initiative

Rap artist Common announced Wednesday that his Common Ground Foundation will partner with youth arts organization Donda's House Inc. and the Chicago Urban League to develop a music festival and an initiative to create 20,000 jobs for Chicago's black teens.

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Techweek announces Future Sound Music fest, St. Lucia first headliner

St. Lucia to headline Techweek's music fest

Techweek is digging deep into the music scene. 

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Nicki Minaj, Lil' Herb team up on 'Chi-raq,' shed light on Chicago violence

Nicki Minaj, Lil' Herb team up on 'Chi-raq,' shed light on Chicago violence

"Chi-raq" is a loaded word, isn't it? The term, made popular by the Chicago rap scene in 2012 (but most likely hit mainstream consciousness in Kanye West's "Black Skinhead") and the name of Nicki Minaj's newest track, is a byproduct of the nation's obsession with Chicago's ridiculously high number of homicides. The term generally produces two reactions: disgust and pride.

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'Rescue Me' singer Fontella Bass dies

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.