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May 17, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Chicago is welcoming cats back to the stage. Not Broadway "Cats. " Literally, cats. Chicago-based “The Amazing Acro-Cats,” one of four traveling domesticated cat shows in the nation, is set to play four shows June 6 through June 9 at the National Pastime Theatre, along with “The Rock Cats.” What exactly does the show entail? (Pun very much intended.) “…Feats of agility pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, jumping through hoops and much more,” according to a press release announcing the shows.
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May 15, 2014 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Allison Crutchfield, singer/guitarist for fuzz-loving indie rock quartet Swearin', isn't afraid to give voice to unpopular opinions. “I was talking about [NBC's acclaimed drama 'Friday Night Lights'] recently and I was like, 'Wow, I really prefer [Matt] Saracen to [Tim] Riggins,” said Crutchfield, 25, by phone from her home in New York. “It's funny that's such an unpopular opinion because [Saracen] is so clearly the better person.” Oddly enough, the band's latest album, “Surfing Strange,” has at least a few characteristics in common with Julie Taylor's on...
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November 12, 2013 | By Matt Pais and Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
It would be very easy to hear about a band named Diarrhea Planet and want to ignore them completely. No one with the terrible judgment to call a band that can have the good judgment to make music worth hearing. Of course, you know all that business about judging and book covers. Diarrhea Planet is actually pretty good, as are these other questionably named groups that come to mind. Art Brut Does it rhyme with “butt,” or do you pronounce it like the wack cologne from the '80s?
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April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Several musicians made the news in recent years after they got robbed while touring through Chicago. Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man lost $80,000 worth of gear after playing Lollapalooza in 2011. But the story has a somewhat happy ending: Chicago police officers recovered some of the gear after it was sold at the 40th and Ashland Avenue Swap-O-Rama later that summer. San Francisco-based band FayRoy parked their van, with all of their instruments inside of it, in Ukranian Village on Sept.
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September 17, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of four) Every dude, I think, likes to imagine himself as the sort of rugged, all-American badass who drives vintage muscle cars and looks cool in his emotion-concealing Ray-Bans. This guy does not actually exist anymore, if he ever did, but, in the age of Instagram, it's not too hard to look the part. Throw on a plaid shirt and put a Johnny Cash album on your iPhone and you're all set. This safe, time-honored way to be cool is basically the deal with Band of Horses, a Seattle indie rock band that moved to South Carolina and became the sort of throwback country band it's...
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April 30, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Start growing those beards now. Why? My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses will appear Aug. 22 at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Tickets ($59.50-$64.50; $20 lawn tickets for listening only) go on sale noon Saturday for one of the better Millennium Park bookings we can remember. Band of Horses, in particular, continue to impress as not just a band with a great live reputation but one that consistently nails it in the studio, where the songwriting matters as much as the performance.
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September 21, 2012
Don't like your Prince at the United Center? Now picky fans (or anyone else) have the option to catch the legendary pop star at another Chicago venue instead. The House of Blues announced it will host official Purple After Jam shows, featuring Prince's New Power Generation band, following each of the United Center shows on Sept. 24, 25, and 26, in support of the Rebuild the Dream foundation. Tickets for the after-shows go on sale today at noon.
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November 26, 2012 | RedEye
Band leader of The Libertines Carl Barat will play something of a secret show in Chicago on Nov. 29. According to both the band and Barat's Facebook pages, the show is set to take place, but the location has yet to be determined. The posted status from the band read, "Carl will play a free show in Chicago somewhere on 29th November. He will be accompanied by Gary Powell, Anthony Rossomando and Callum Ryan. " Powell and Rossomando are current and ex-bandmates of Barat's, respectively.
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December 8, 2011 | RedEye
This week: Justin Vernon's indie folk act Bon Iver has risen from playing venues like Schubas to playing Chicago Theatre and, on Friday, UIC Pavilion. The group recently received several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. The question: Does all this mainstream success damage Bon Iver's indie cred? Yes How much street cred can a band really maintain once it's reached stratospheric fame? Sure, Bon Iver is playing to the man (and mainstream fans) with a UIC gig, but what might suffer more is their sound.
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January 30, 2012 | RedEye
Guns 'N Roses announced they will be making a pit stop in Chicago during their 2012 tour, according to Rolling Stone online. The band will be playing Feb. 19 at the House of Blues Chicago. Check out more info at Rolling Stone .
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April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
On any given night, a Chicagoan has dozens of opportunities to hear live musicians perform. But that also means a thief has at least as many chances to nab thousands of dollars worth of music gear from touring performers. Depending on who you ask within Chicago's music scene, the city may be the "Bermuda Triangle" of band gear. Or it may just be another major metropolitan area offering both peril and opportunity for indie musicians on the road. Consider the Louisiana band Brass Bed, who have been victims of theft twice while touring through Chicago on separate occasions, according to...
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April 30, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, RedEye
Thinking about taking your band on tour? The costs add up fast, according to Joe Carsello, Metro talent buyer. First, you need a van, which will likely run from $20,000 to $30,000 or more. Then there's gas money, food, and shelter, and of course gear. In addition to laptops, iPods, and luggage, which individuals may want to take on tour with them, instruments are usually the most high-value cargo in a tour van. "Usually you leave with no money and you come home with no money," Carsello said.
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April 30, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
UPDATE: POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK WEDNESDAY TO FIND OUT WHO MADE THE ROCK 'N' VOTE TOP 4 AND WILL PLAY MAY 22 AT LINCOLN HALL. In the NBA and NHL, more than 50 percent of the teams make the playoffs. An all-time high of more than 200 artists entered the 11th year of RedEye's Rock 'n' Vote local band competition (featuring well-known alums including Rockie Fresh, I Fight Dragons and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound). That means that less than 5 percent of the acts earned a spot in the Top 10. Now, these rising artists need your help - until 5 p.m. Sunday, visit...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
As The National's Matt Berninger hit his stride in “I Need My Girl,” guitarist Aaron Dessner glanced to his right on stage. His young daughter, just south of two feet tall and wearing a pair of large, sound-dampening earmuffs, was drawing the only spontaneous applause during the band's intimate, 40-minute set. She was dancing. At River North bar Untitled, a rare place to see a major touring act, a crowd of no more than 125 attended the private show that preceded The National's headlining appearance at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday night, the group's second...
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April 7, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Old news: The popularity of One Direction. Actual news: The exploding success of 5 Seconds of Summer, the quartet of Australian teenagers who will open for 1D during two late-August shows at Soldier Field and sold out their entire North American headlining tour, including a stop April 17 at Riviera, in a measly five minutes. If that doesn't impress you: They've already been No. 1 on the iTunes album chart in 42 different countries. Also of note: The members of 5SOS actually play instruments and write their own songs.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
In the past few years, some have criticized the annual SXSW music festival in Austin, Tex. as becoming a logjam of bands, brands and free vodka that no longer serves as a place to discover promising new acts. That's ridiculous. At SXSW, sometimes a quick stop to eat or even a bathroom break can lead to the discovery of your new favorite band. Here are five acts I knew little-to-nothing about before seeing and enjoying them at the fest. Death by Unga Bunga From: Norway Sounds like: The Buzzcocks, The Kinks, The Orwells More specifically: ...
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September 24, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
Mumford & Sons may seem like a blend of some of the world's most annoying archetypes, from the guy who starts playing the guitar at parties to the guy who dresses like a mixologist. The Brits' songs all tend to follow a similar formula: bluegrass hoedown crescendos into bombastic indie-rock sing-a-long. These things can make a band easy to resent, particularly for the cynical observer who might also note the group's air of focus-grouped appeal. But there are certain benefits to being such a seemingly risk-averse band.
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January 10, 2012 | Brian Moore and RedEye
Another day, another musical reunion. This time, it's Van Halen and David Lee Roth consummating their third marriage Tuesday with the release of the single and video "Tattoo. " It represents the first new music from a Roth-fronted Van Halen since 1996, when the band released two new tunes on a greatest hits disc. And the band's new album due Feb. 7, "A Different Kind of Truth," will be their first in almost 28 years. But, enough about that. How's the new stuff sound? Not great, but good enough.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's one thing to watch the Chicago River being dyed green from high above or either side of the water. But to hang out on a boat alongside the speedboats dumping the dye? "It's a little less crowded and a lot more fun I think," said Casey O'Brien, a member of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band. O'Brien and the Rovers played on the only boat allowed inside the security zone where the river was being dyed Saturday morning. The boat, owned by Chicago-based Shoreline Sightseeing, parked itself right alongside the two speedboats that turned the river green.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
UPDATE: The Strypes' March 24 show at Subterranean has been postponed. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Ross Farrelly is 16 years old. He lives with his parents. And right now, Dave Grohl, Elton John and The Who's Roger Daltrey can't get enough of him. As singer for rising Irish rockers The Strypes, Farrelly has toured with Arctic Monkeys, appeared on “Conan” and scored a Top 5 album in the U.K. with the band's debut, “Snapshot” (out March 18 in the States). The record takes inspiration from...
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