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Taylor Swift cancels Melbourne Cup performance following animal rights protests

Though Swift has not acknowledged any connection between the protests and her cancelation, one animal rights coalition thanked her on Twitter Saturday following the news.

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Riccardo Muti, Leif Ove Andsnes kick off CSO season on high note

For this opening concert, Muti chose a mix of selections that was anything but obvious, primarily emphasizing less frequently heard works

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Black opera singers detail struggles they still face, 60 years after Marian Anderson

"Porgy and Bess," a tragic love story set in South Carolina’s Catfish Row, provides a rare opportunity for black artists because the Gershwin estate requires that they be cast in all the singing roles.

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The Mix: The ‘Friends’ couch, Expo Chicago and other cool things to do in Chicago Sept. 20-26

The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival is also among the entertainment highlights in Chicago in the coming week.

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La Santa Cecilia continues to foster melting pot of music genres, cultures

With their combined Mexican, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan backgrounds, the band embraces traditional and alternative Latin genres, as well as classic rock, jazz, funk, soul, R&B and blues.

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Grammy nominated sax player comes home to Maywood to help locals work on their chops

With Wayne Shorter’s prowess on the tenor saxophone as a guide, D-Erania Stampley went on to master the higher and brighter-toned alto sax. And now, with two CDs, a Grammy nomination and multiple tours under her belt, Stampley is bringing it all back home.

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Lollapalooza’s Grant Park cleanup cost: $645,000

It’s the highest amount incurred by the festival since 2011.

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It’s been a year since Kanye West promised to move back to Chicago. So where is he?

Last year, the icon announced a course at the Art Institute, a Yeezy office in Chicago and an investment in the Avalon Regal Theater. We followed up on what’s happened since.

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As Shaggy’s music matures, he still wants to offer a melodic escape

The reggae artist aims to ‘edutain’ with both fun sounds and thoughtful messages.

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‘Hustlers’: How do Cardi B and Lizzo fare in their big-screen acting debuts? Not badly at all.

The two pop stars don’t get a ton of screen time, but they make the most of their scenes. Lizzo even gets a chance to bust out her signature flute and play a little.

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Charli XCX’s way cool new album ‘Charli’ has great pop but also is a little out there

She’s reunited with longtime producer A.G. Cook, and collaborators include Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, HAIM, Troye Sivan, Brooke Candy, CupcakKe, Big Freedia, Sky Ferreira, Clairo and Yaeji.

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The Cars singer Ric Ocasek, voice of ’80s hits ‘You Might Think’ and ‘Shake It Up,’ dies at 75

Police say the musician was found dead by a family member.

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Riot Fest 2019: Day 3 photo gallery

The Raconteurs, Taking Back Sunday and others took the stage on Sunday at Douglas Park.

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Riot Fest 2019: Day 2 photo gallery

Saturday’s headliners included Slayer, Bloc Party, Rise Against, Anthrax and more.

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Riot Fest 2019: Day one photo gallery

Blink-182, The Flaming Lips and others rocked out on Friday at Douglas Park.

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Singer Sam Smith announces new pronouns of ‘they’ and ‘them’

"After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out," Smith wrote on Twitter and Instagram.

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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70

In 1987, he received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for "Take Me Home Tonight."

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Alsarah & the Nubatones, coming to Chicago to play the World Music Festival, transcends borders, cultures

The band that’s heading to Chicago for two performances at the World Music Festival came together out of a collective love for Nubian ‘songs of return’ and the traditional music of central Sudan.

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‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ pays tribute to a versatile virtuoso

The singer herself narrates the sweep through her ventures into pop, rock, country, traditional Mexican music and more.

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Riot Fest 2019: 10 must-see acts at this weekend’s party in the park

An impressive lineup of newbies, alums and album sets define this year’s music extravaganza.

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An industrial festival and a mini-residency from Madonna among Chicago’s fall music highlights

Brittany Howard, Stone Temple Pilots, Lizzo, Ciara — just a few of the big names in music headed to the city for concerts.

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Enrique Mazzola named music director of Lyric Opera beginning with 2021-22 season

The Spanish-born Italian maestro will replace Sir Andrew Davis, who, this fall, begins his 20th season as Lyric’s music director and principal conductor.

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Lyric Opera’s ‘Dead Man Walking’ and 10 other fall classical music highlights in Chicago

Promising programs also on the way from CSO, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Sinfonietta and others.

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Vince Gill releases ‘my most truthful album by far’ with ‘Okie’

At 62, the multiple Grammy winner knows he can be an emotional wreck. He knows he adores his wife, singer-songwriter Amy Grant. And he knows he’s making the best music of his life.

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Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Weezer announce 2020 concert together at Wrigley Field

The three rock bands will perform Aug. 13 as part of a joint tour.

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Robert Frank, groundbreaking photographer, author of ‘The Americans,’ dies at age 94

The Swiss-born Frank influenced countless photographers and was likened to Alexis de Tocqueville for so vividly capturing the United States through the eyes of a foreigner.

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Chance the Rapper postpones most of tour, except for Chicago date, following daughter’s birth

"I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli," he announced via Instagram.

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Thousands see Kanye West, Chance the Rapper perform Sunday Service at Northerly Island

Kanye West, a hometown hero raised on Chicago’s South Side, returned to the city to host his latest Sunday morning concert at the Huntington Bank Pavilion. Then he headed to a South Side church where he performed again.

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Maria Callas hologram no substitute for real diva, but engaging nonetheless as concert event

Though the hologram is lip-synching to state-of-the-art recordings, Callas’ disembodied voice often sounds boxy and lacks full resonance. At one point, the hologram sputtered, disappeared for a second or two and sparked back to life. Apparently even holograms can have their diva moments.

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Kanye West’s ‘Sunday Service’ coming to Northerly Island this weekend

The show will be free and open to the public but tickets are required.

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Rob Warmowski, dead at 52, started surf-punk band the Defoliants, also played with Buzzmuscle, SIRS

The musician and audio engineer was a fixture on the Chicago music scene. And he never lost faith that the world could be a better — and more fun — place, according to family and friends.

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Jimmy Johnson, founded Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, dies

As a studio musician, recording engineer and record producer, Johnson played a role in iconic hits by Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.