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Peace, a Scientist, and electronica

After School Matters, the nonprofit that provides after-school and summer programs for Chicago teens (while offering them stipends), presents Spotlight on Peace, a performance featuring spoken word and dance, including hip-hop, ballet, jazz, African, and modern, from young artists. The free program runs 3-4:30 PM today at Navy Pier’s Lake Stage in Polk Bros. Park […]

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Best Coast deliver a clear, optimistic vision of rock ’n’ roll on Always Tomorrow

California duo Best Coast are a long way away from the bite-size stoner love songs and sun-drenched slacker tales of their 2010 debut album, Crazy for You. On their brand-new fourth LP, Always Tomorrow (Concord), singer-songwriter and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno pair beefed-up power chords with clear-eyed observations, a newfound sense of […]

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Legendary percussionist Kahil El’Zabar brings the Afrocentric spiritual-jazz explorations of his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to Evanston

Prolific musician Kahil El’Zabar has hardly gone unnoticed, but I wish every music fan knew about this living legend. The son of a drummer, El’Zabar was born Clifton Blackburn in Chicago in 1953, and raised on the city’s south side. He joined the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) at age 18, and […]