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Black Eyed Peas End the Stretch of Classic Rock Super Bowl Halftimes

Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV

CHICAGO – We all know the Super Bowl is all about predictions. Just as it’s about to happen in 2011, many handicappers have already gotten one wrong. The Super Bowl halftime show has been a classic rock lover’s scene over the last half decade. While many expected the same to continue in early 2011, the organizers have thrown us a curveball.

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 Pairs of Big Head Todd and the Monsters Tickets

CHICAGO – In this edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Music, we have three pairs of tickets up for grabs to see Colorado-formed rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters perform live at Chicago’s Park West!

HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 3 Pairs of Billy Idol, Slash Tickets at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre

Billy Idol and Slash at at Chicago's Riviera Theatre

CHICAGO – In this edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Music, we have three pairs of tickets up for grabs to see Billy Idol perform at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre with special guests Slash, Steve Stevens and Myles Kennedy!

Blu-Ray Review: Concert Releases From The Pixies, Black Label Society

The Pixies: Acoustic & Electric

CHICAGO – The great Eagle Rock Entertainment released a pair of concert Blu-rays this week that deserve your attention, especially for serious fans of either of the bands involved. Frank Black, Kim Deal and the rest of The Pixies rock in a pair of shows on “Pixies Live: Acoustic and Electric” and Zakk Wylde (don’t miss our exclusive portrait) proves his guitar-god prowess on “Black Label Society: The European Invasion Doom Troopin’”

Music Review: Newcomer Sahara Smith is More of What Music Today Needs

CHICAGO – We dig discovering sprouting artists at the phase where they’re just talented enough to keep their humility. That’s where we found 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist Sahara Smith on Friday night at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.

Interview: Carl Sondrol, Music Scorer of Webby Award-Winning Shorts

Carl Sondrol

CHICAGO – Carl Sondrol is on a huge winning streak. The musician, composer and soundtrack scorer for CollegeHumor.com is a vital part of the Webby Award winning shorts “Web Site Story” and “Pixar Intro Parody.” His work has also expanded into television, short films and feature films.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Music Man’ Looks Sharper, Thunders Louder Than Before

The Music Man thumb

CHICAGO – “The Music Man” is alive in a way few Hollywood musicals ever are. Its big numbers often grow organically, allowing melodies to emerge from the rhythm of speech, overlapping action or the seemingly mundane movement of characters across the frame. In the exuberant world of this ageless classic, music is less of a self-conscious construct than an irresistible life force infiltrating the cadence of everyday life.

Janet Jackson to Perform Michael Jackson Tribute at MTV’s Video Music Awards

Janet Jackson BET Awards

CHICAGO – According to TMZ, Janet Jackson is hard at work rehearsing for a Michael Jackson tribute that will be performed at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Eminem, Kanye West Lead 2009 MTV Video Music Award Nominees

Eminem

CHICAGO – Beyonce and Lady GaGa led the way when the nominees were announced this morning for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with nine nominations apiece, according to People Magazine. They were both nominated for video of the year and best female video. Other major nominees include Eminem, Kanye West, Drake, and Britney Spears

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  • Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret

    CHICAGO – When faced with adversity, the best way around it is to somehow break into song. That is the feeling behind the Brown Paper Box Co.’s “Positively Present: An Uplifting Cabaret,” running April 7th and 8th at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. The event features company member Kristi Szczepanek as host, and presents song stylings by other company members, including Anna Schutz, plus some special guests. For details and ticket information, click here.

  • Kid Thing, The

    CHICAGO – Like the awesome Engine Who Could, the mighty Nothing Without a Company stage crafters have constructed another triumph at their new home in Berger Mansion on Chicago’s north side. “The Kid Thing” – written by Sarah Gubbins – is a terse, convincing and emotional play about fear, identity and breeding, and it is performed by its cast of five with utter authenticity. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the Berger North Mansion through April 15th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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