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Music News: Lady Gaga Single ‘Born This Way’ Fastest Seller in iTunes History

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

CHICAGO – Apple announced today, according to MTV.com, that the new single by Lady Gaga, “Born This Way,” is the fastest-selling in the history of iTunes. It’s Lady Gaga’s world. We just live in it.

Exclusive Portrait: Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell of Rock Band Wings

Wings, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Paul McCartney’s second band, begun in 1971, was called “Wings,” and throughout the 1970s scored big hits with “Band on the Run,” “Live and Let Die” and “With a Little Luck.” Denny Seiwell was Wings first drummer, and guitarist Denny Laine joined the band on their first album, “Wild Life.”

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.

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  • It's NOT ALL About You John Michael

    CHICAGO – John Michael epitomizes the art of the monologue. The Chicago transplant, by way of Dallas, is moving on (he says temporarily) from the city that inspired his last show, “Meatball Seance,” after notorious and successful runs of his other one-man shows, “John Michael and the Order of the Penix” and “Dementia Me.” His farewell performance is his latest, another laugh riot, “It’s NOT ALL About You John Michael,” and will take place at Mary’s Attic in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood on March 1st, 2019. Click here for details, including ticket information.

  • Soccer Player in the Closet, The 2

    CHICAGO – Connecting to the theater collective Nothing Without a Company means a couple of things. One, you may visit parts of Chicago you’ve never seen before – in this case a plant store in an industrial area south of Humboldt Park – and two, you will see some daring and outside-the-box stagings. “The Soccer Player in the Closet” is their latest production – a World Premiere – and it provides what the title implies and beyond. The play runs through March 17th, 2019. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

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