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Morrissey concerts postponed this week

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Well, now my heart is empty. Morrissey has postponed several concerts this week and weekend -- including the scheduled Oct. 27 show at the Chicago Theatre.

The British singer's mother has fallen ill, and he's heading back to England to be with her.

Jason Aldean to play Wrigley Field in 2013

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aldeancubs.JPGOctober and baseball season's winding down -- but already we have the first Wrigley Field concert announcement for next season: Country star Jason Aldean will headline a concert at the Chicago Cubs ballpark July 20, 2013, with Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

The news came Thursday afternoon at a press conference at Wrigley by promoter Live Nation, with Aldean on hand, shivering in the cold and occasional rain in right field.

"A summer show's sounding pretty good right now," Aldean said.

Would jail stall Chief Keef's career before it starts?

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Lawyers for Chicago rapper Chief Keef sparred with Cook County prosecutors on Wednesday over whether to jail the Chicago rapper for probation violations stemming from three earlier delinquencies.

Following a meteoric rise and a successful single ("I Don't Like") through Kanye West's G.O.O.D. label, Keef was just signed to Interscope Records and has been in California recording tracks for a debut hip-hop album.

Would jail time stall a promising career before it starts?

Hear the new Stones song: 'Doom and Gloom'

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The Rolling Stones return this week with their first new single in seven years, a teaser from yet another retrospective collection, "GRRR! Greatest Hits," due Mov. 13 in both 50-track and 80-track versions.

The rock legends recently recorded at least two new songs in a Paris studio, the first time the group -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- has joined in a studio since making 2005's "A Bigger Bang."

You can vote for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

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Nominees for the next class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced -- and, for whatever it's worth to you, fans are now part of the voting process.

The performers up for enshrinement are ...

How can you just leave me standing? ...
Maybe I'm just too demanding.
-- Prince, "When Doves Cry"

BY DAVE HOEKSTRA & THOMAS CONNER

As Prince returned to the United Center stage Monday night for his first encore, he seemed conflicted. He clearly had someplace else to be. He even said so.

"We got the House of Blues later," Prince said, winding up for what became an odd medley of hits. "We can do it there or we can do it here."

He opted for "here."

RD-PRESS-PIC-2-2011.jpgOccupy Wall Street didn't produce much potent protest music, but in just a couple days of Chicago's teachers strike at least one rapper has enshrined the debate in song.

It's not bad, either. "Chicago Teacher," by Chicago-native hip-hop duo Rebel Diaz, patiently lays out the points of the dispute between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city. A chorus of "Homey, I was taught by a Chicago teacher!" doesn't come off nearly as hokey as it looks here in print, and they're clearly on the side of the teachers: "Rahm's a fake pretender with a corporate agenda / neoliberal offender, of course you offend us!"

Here's the song (free!), lyrics (complete with Chief Keef reference!) and more below ...

Billy Corgan's North Shore tea shop opens Thursday

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Billy Corgan's schedule the rest of this week looks like this:

-- Thursday: Open new tea shop in North Shore suburb
-- Friday: Attend matches by his wrestling team, Resistance Pro
-- Saturday: Start rehearsals for Smashing Pumpkins tour

"There's my life," Corgan told the Sun-Times this week, chuckling. "Maybe not magical but always interesting."

The tea shop is Corgan's latest endeavor in a career full of Neil Young-esque left turns, on and off stage. It's an idea he said he's had for a decade, one that was announced almost a year ago and is finally budding with Thursday's grand opening of Madame Zuzu's Tea House, a former post office storefront at 582 Roger Williams Ave. in Highland Park.

Low blow: Chicago teachers strike below the belt

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UPDATE: The mayor's office actually responded to this news, assuring us that Rahm does not, in fact, like Nickelback.


The first Chicago teachers strike in a quarter century began just yesterday but already is getting downright dirty.

To wit: this protest sign captured and posted on Twitter ...

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Playlist: Union songs for striking teachers

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Chicago teachers hit the sidewalks today for their first strike in 25 years.

If a picket line needs anything, it needs songs. Here are 12 classics to learn and sing on the barricades:


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