Mavis Staples: She’ll Take You There

Mavis Staples

On the occasion of the publication of Greg Kot's I'll Take You There, I thought I'd showcase some Mavis Staples' and the Staples Singers' discography here at CPL. But first, the book: Kot is a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, and it shows in his short chapters and succinct writing. While focusing mostly on the […]

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Rock Documentaries

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Some of the most powerful movies star not overpaid Hollywood actors but gloriously gifted singers and musicians. They're rock documentaries, great entertainment if you’re a fan of behind-the-music stories. One of the most moving and suspenseful rock documentaries is Searching for Sugar Man, about a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit. A 2012 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, the movie sets […]

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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Concerts at Harold Washington Library Center

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Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some festive tunes at our 10th annual lunchtime concert series! This year's performances feature a diverse array of classic and contemporary melodies. All concerts take place at noon in the Harold Washington Library Center Grand Lobby. Schedule of Performances Tuesday, December 2 Jones College Prep High School Concert Choir conducted by […]

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Shoegazing Music

Shoegaze music

Are you looking to relax during the school year? Give yourself some musical healing with shoegaze music. Shoegaze is dreamy, psychedelic, ethereal music that's sprinkled with a bit of rock and roll. People say music is good for the soul, so if you are planning on staying in and painting a masterpiece, or just having a chill night with friends, […]

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Talented Musical Teens at YOUmedia

Music plays a huge role for many of the teens who visit YOUmedia. Recently a couple of them showed off their skills. Ashley has been playing violin for seven years, and Remi has been playing classical guitar for six years. Come show us your music skills or learn some of your own at our Beatmaking Workshop. […]

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Best Celebrity Breakup Songs

Felt heart cut into two jagged pieces

Reigning queen of celebrity breakup songs, Taylor Swift, just announced that her new album, 1989, will be released October 27. Of all her confessional tunes, "Dear John" is my favorite. She really stuck it to John Mayer on this track from 2010's Speak Now. Well...allegedly the song was about him. Ahem. "Don't you think I was too young to be […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

Being raised by Star Trek and sci-fi/fantasy geeks meant knowing the title of a TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation) episode 10 seconds in and keeping mostly quiet about many of the TV shows I watched and most of the books I read. It was not until adulthood that I found other like-minded people. The […]

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Fifty Years of Beatlemania!

The Beatles arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on February 7, 1964

Fifty years ago this April there was a new sound on the airwaves. It came to the United States from Great Britain and was inescapable on the radio and television, often accompanied by the shrill screech of millions of teenage girls. It was the sound of the British Invasion and it was lead by the […]

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Up Next on My Playlist: Gutsy Garden Galaxy

Photo by: Kyle Mistry

Wait what? Gutsy Garden Galaxy as in the song from Super Mario Galaxy? This doesn't quite sound like it exactly, but this is definitely the melody. Thanks to the creative genius of Andrew Skeet and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, you can enjoy orchestral renditions of songs from your favorite video games. This is seriously very cool stuff. […]

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