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  • The 7 best Chicago shows this week: Jimmy Whispers, Vic Mensa, Ryley Walker

    The 7 best Chicago shows this week: Jimmy Whispers, Vic Mensa, Ryley Walker

    Another week, another opportunity to spend it at your favorite concert venue. Here's a pretty stacked list of all the awesome acts playing the city, with a focus on local artists (sorry, but do you really need validation from me to go see Bruce Springsteen? Go see Bruce Springsteen.). Anyway, show...

  • Interview: John Legend on politics, 'Southside with You' and life with Chrissy Teigen and Luna

    Interview: John Legend on politics, 'Southside with You' and life with Chrissy Teigen and Luna

    John Legend is not content to be just a musician. The “just” there is a little misleading, considering he’s won 10 Grammys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar. He was enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, two of his albums have gone platinum and “All of Me” has probably played at every wedding...

  • Kanye West pens poem about McDonald's, has intense fry-related feelings

    Kanye West pens poem about McDonald's, has intense fry-related feelings

    Kanye West has a complicated relationship with McDonald's french fries. As part of last week's release of Frank Ocean's new album "Blonde" and visual album "Endless," West penned a poem titled "McDonald's Man" for the accompanying "Boys Don't Cry" magazine. The zines were only available at four...

  • Wilco and Twin Peaks made our summer with an amazing Millennium Park show

    Wilco and Twin Peaks made our summer with an amazing Millennium Park show

    There isn't anything like seeing Wilco play Chicago outdoors on a perfect summer night. In fact, several of the best shows I've seen have been with this winning combination of the long-running local rock band playing against the backdrop of the skyline. Their jaw-dropping performance Sunday at...

  • Kanye pop-up store in Northbrook draws plenty of fans

    Kanye pop-up store in Northbrook draws plenty of fans

    This story is part of Being There, an occasional series that focuses on place and everyday life in the Chicago area.  Summer, as Kanye would put it, was fadin’. Northbrook, on the northern edge of the Chicago suburbs, was dead and heavy, the August air wet. Chicagoland sweat. And yet inside Northbrook...

  • Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

    Frank Ocean has released “Blonde,” his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner’s comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released “Blonde,” the official follow-up to his heralded,...

  • Singer Mike Golden finds his own lane in Chicago on ‘Just Be A Better Person’ 

    Singer Mike Golden finds his own lane in Chicago on ‘Just Be A Better Person’ 

    Had singer Mike Golden not checked his phone last year, he might have missed his biggest opportunity yet. “After SXSW, I went to California to work on my album. My buddy and I were on the way to go to the beach for a break day when I got a text from Nico [Segal, aka Donnie Trumpet] asking for my...

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