March 7, 2012
Chicago hard rockers Arriver answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? It's energetic, but no bull. There's variety and pacing, but it's always full-on and hard-rocking. We employ top-notch musicianship that serves the songs rather than chasing our tails. Describe your sound in five words or less. Arty Heavy Metal History Rock Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
April 2, 2012
Chicago rockers Color Card answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? All three of us play multiple instruments, so we fill up the sound really well. We see our recordings and live performances as separate entities, but we are writing in a direction that closes the gap between the two. Describe your sound in five words or less. Experimental, textured. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
April 15, 2013 |
* (out of four) In recent years, the Flaming Lips have worked hard to sacrifice the maximum amount of their once-abundant goodwill by making their music synonymous with weird stunt releases and overwrought visual accompaniments. In the sense that the band's latest album, “The Terror,” doesn't arrive encased in a neon-painted ostrich egg or recorded as a transcription of a brain wave or delivered via submarine, it's a success. “The Terror” puts focus on the band's music and thoroughly explores its central theme.
November 28, 2011
Chicago rockers the Noise FM answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? We're a trio, but we work hard to make it sound like there are a lot more than three people on stage. We match our catchy songs and big sound with an equally energetic stage show. We want every show to be a party. Describe your sound in five words or less. Sexy astronauts dancing in space.
December 5, 2011
Chicago rockers the The Cell Phones answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! "Tuesday" by The Cell Phones by redeye33 What makes your live show great? Two big ol' bass amps, our drummer's knees and elbows, revealing clothing and awkward stage banter! Describe your sound in five words or less. WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT??? Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
April 2, 2013 |
*** (out of four) If the “concept” behind Cold War Kids' “concept album” “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” is returning to the California band's original sound--indistinguishable on 2011's “Mine is Yours” - the new record is a success. OK, the disc actually is inspired by Nathanael West's novel “Miss Lonelyhearts,” but CWK seems to have bridged the gap between 2008's brilliant “Loyalty to Loyalty” and the hollow, overproduced “Mine is Yours.” A few outliers keep “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” from being a thundering re-realization of the band's earlier sound, led by Nathan Willett's gorgeous and sometimes haunting vocal range and the group's ability to bring scenes to life in their lyrics.
May 21, 2012 |
One descriptor tends to get overused when people talk about an Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros concert: “tent revival.” That refers, of course, to the wild energy and healing power of traveling preachers at the beginning of the 20th century. With lyrics that reference “the man from Galilee,” choruses that warrant audience shout-alongs and a charismatic frontman unafraid to jump into the crowd and dance, the California outfit does bring some validity to the label. Five days after Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (named after a messianic figure created by frontman Alex Ebert)
January 23, 2013 |
**1/2 (out of four) Ask a handful of your friends what they think of The Joy Formidable, and there's a good chance at least one of them will respond with a glisten in their eyes, recounting the time they just happened to come across the Welsh trio's debut album “The Big Roar” from 2011 and fell head over heels in love with the dramatics of it all. Or the time they stumbled upon their set at a festival--caught them as the opening act for...
April 24, 2013 |
Near the close of Youngblood Hawke's debut album, "Wake Up," frontman Sam Martin sings, "You don't get a second chance to make the same mistakes. " Yet a second chance is exactly what Martin has been given. Prior to forming the Los Angeles-based sextet, the singer and his bandmate Simon Katz spent six years grinding away in Iglu & Hartly, a California-by-way-of-Colorado rock band that scored a major label deal and briefly flirted with mainstream success before disintegrating in 2011.
March 19, 2012
Chicago rockers Champions answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? Our live show is where everything "comes to life. " We think we are one of those bands that are better live than on record. It proves that we are to true to what we do, we really care and are not in it just for grins. A computer didn't make our record, and the auto-tune robot didn't provide the vocals. Five humans with instruments did, and the same goes for the live shows!