Month: July 2016

Talib Kweli’s Exclusive Show at City Winery

Talib Kweli’s Exclusive Show at City Winery by Sommer Thornton Saturday, June 2: Talib Kweli gave an intimate performance at City Winery in Chicago’s River West neighborhood with a bottle of red and two turntables and a microphone. With City Winery’s posh contemporary rustic setting as a backdrop;  the 100+ attendees all well-dressed and bright eyed, and the wine and hor d’oeuvres flowing, Kweli performed smooth and raucous hits with his unique narratives. “I’m a drunk James Brown,” Kweli jokes, speaking on hate he gets on social media from racists and white rappers ‘trolling’ him. The Blackstar native performed...

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James Durbin Q&A Interview

Unrated Magazine’s Exclusive Q&A with rocker James Durbin by Anita Lande-Brodersen Photos by Heidi Durbin James Durbin is hitting the road to promote his newest album. Unrated Magazine received an exclusive Q&A with James! UR: Hi James – your fan base is buzzing about your new song “Smackdown” and your new album (due out July 15) “Riot On Sunset”. It has been a few years since any new music. What have you been up to these last two years? JD: I’ve kept pretty busy over the last 2 years both on stage and off stage. My wife and I welcomed into...

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The Roots Rock Taste of Chicago with Empire Stars

The Roots at the Taste of Chicago Review by Sommer Thornton The mighty Roots band rocked the first day of the new-and-improved Taste of Chicago Wednesday, June 6.  Black Thought, Questlove and their ensemble brought special guest Donnie Trumpet to Grant Park for the infamous food and music festival – jamming a 1000+ crowd.  The Roots performed cuts from the last 10 years with the guitar, bass, and trumpet players doing some impromptu choreography.  Plus, after an interlude of Prince hits capped off by a DJ doing some crazy EDM mixing, the Roots were joined on stage by Empire...

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