Jeff Elbel - For the Sun-Times

At 82, Dylan remains willing to defy expectations and take risks with even his newest material. The impression made while playing his music is that Bob Dylan remains playful.
English rockers road-test deliciously depressing new fare alongside forlorn favorites and a sprinkling of whimsical gems.
The band’s sophisticated blend of pop, new wave, glam, krautrock and indie rock remains familiar but has evolved since the brash power-pop days of early albums.
Jeff Tweedy and company are in the midst of a three-night run at the North Side club, promising a different set each night.
‘People want to hear their favorites,’ says longtime singer Mike Love, promising some ‘Good Vibrations’ at the Chicago Theatre along with the ‘Little Saint Nick.’
The group, affectionately known as TSO, returns to Allstate Arena with “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — The Best of TSO and More.”
At 77, the singer and songwriter maintains a youthful spirit and continues to keep the flame for Yes music alive while creating new work of his own.
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” has received rapturous response for decades, and the band still relishes performing it.