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Kris Kristofferson and the sad, off-key ravages of time

CHICAGO - Few concert experiences are more dispiriting than watching a proven artist flounder onstage. Especially when the performer happens to be an icon. His glory days behind him, Kris Kristofferson played a 95-minute show Wednesday at a sold-out City Winery that engendered feelings of pity, discomfort and bewilderment. Witnessing the 80-year-old singer-songwriter/actor struggle to get through even a single verse without mistakes raised the question of why he chose the solo route - and put his dignity at risk.

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Vince Staples a mass of seeming contradictions

Hip-hop star Vince Staples' new single, "BagBak," has sharp electronic production, clearly influenced by dance music and contemporary DJs, which he hasn't shown much of in breakthrough albums such as 2015's "Summertime '06" and last year's "Prima Donna" EP. But Staples says the sound is of a piece with his earlier work, including "Blue Suede" and "Like It Is."