Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Meklit creates music with a message ]]> Lead story image

It wasn’t until she was 24 that Meklit Hadero realized that music was her destiny. Now 33, the Ethiopian-born singer/songwriter has perfected a folky/jazzy style that is being compared to a mix of Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Nina Simone. Meklit, who goes by just one name (pronounced Muh-kleet), says struggled for some time with her musical path. Then she stumbled upon a culturally rich community around the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco, and the pieces of the puzzle began to fit. “I met all sorts of artists of many disciplines from many parts of the world,” Meklit … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings ]]> Lead story image

With recent bands like Fitz and the Tantrums packing halls, and sweat-soaked old-school talent like Charles Bradley on the rise, the soul music revival that began in the late ’90s continues to percolate. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been at the vanguard, outlasting dabblers and trend-jumpers by producing impassioned material and electrifying shows since launching from Brooklyn in 2000. ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:20:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Gary Numan ]]> Lead story image

With an innovative streak extending 37 years, Gary Numan connects to his fans at different points along his timeline. Many initially heard him as a synth-pop pioneer who first charted during the New Wave era with “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” Recent converts are drawn to Numan’s exploration of industrial and gothic textures. Numan delves deeply into uncharted personal territory on his 20th album, “Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind).” The material will surprise those who expect the detached and untouchable character heard in 1979 single “Cars.” “I was diagnosed with depression in 2008 and spent the next few years fighting that,” … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:15:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ The art history of Johnette Napolitano is a ‘Rough Mix’ ]]> Lead story image

If Johnette Napolitano sounds like she could be one of the Italian Masters, it’s because she is. Although she is perhaps best known as the front woman for the early ’90s alt rock band Concrete Blonde, this modern-day Renaissance woman is also a sculptor, writer, film scorer, seamstress and activist/ ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Julio Davis stays the course of Trio’s jazz/hip-hop soul ]]> Lead story image

‘I love hip-hop to my bones,” said rapper-vibraphonist Julio Davis, leader of Chicago’s masterly jazz-rap band J. Davis Trio, while steering his SUV post-rehearsal through a spitting March rain as it morphed into the five-hundredth snowstorm of this apparently immortal winter. “I have a blueprint, in my head, of how that music is supposed to sound. And luckily, people keep enjoying this journey I’m on, transcribing that stuff in my head into [actual] sounds.” Said journey, 19 years and counting, brings all seven current members of the Trio’s flexible lineup (plus guest vocalists Cara Dawn and Poi Dog Pondering’s Carla … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice ]]> Lead story image

“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ IN THE SPOTLIGHT — KRAFTWERK ]]> Lead story image

How does a band with a reputation for icy and emotionless detachment maintain such ardor among fans for four decades? The precisely measured synthesizer tones of Kraftwerk may not get the blood boiling like a hot tango, but the influential German quartet is sure to engage a crowd of intensely focused “krautrock” enthusiasts at the Riviera. The pioneering electro-pop group received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammy Academy in January, recognizing Karftwerk’s influence upon generations of popular music ranging from Depeche Mode and David Bowie to Daft Punk and Franz Ferdinand. Typically appearing in matching attire behind four identically … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Painted on Water blends Turkish folk with modern rock influences ]]> Lead story image

It might seem crazy for two Turkish performers, well known and successful in their home country, to pack up their songbook and move to Chicago. But Demir Demirkan and Sertab Erener have a plan to bring their brand of pop/rock to a new audience. “We are trying to do what we did in Turkey but on a different level,” Demirkan says. The couple moved here last July to be near Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project where they are workshoping a new musical with artistic director David H. Bell. Demirkan wasn’t ready to talk about the musical but there’s also … ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:06:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life ]]> Lead story image

Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Buzz for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:25:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

Jimmy Buffett’s This One’s for You Tour 2014 is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos from the musical artist on FYI on FMBA at ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:24:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Over the moon — Trisha Yearwood’s happy and not afraid to show it ]]> Lead story image

Trisha Yearwood should consider recording a cover of “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” The country music star-turned-best-selling cookbook author-turned Food Network show host just gushes happiness. And what about that joint tour with hubby Garth Brooks? ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robert Rolfe Feddersen’s CD triggered by a stickup ]]> Lead story image

Robbed while deliverying milk in Gary, the singer-songwriter changed his outlook and put music first. ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:18:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ FYI on FMBA: Lionel Richie in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

Lionel Richie’s All the Hits All Night Long Summer 2014 Tour with CeeLo Green is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos featuring Richie on FYI on FMBA at ]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:18:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:17 -0500