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April 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
True to tradition, North Coast Music Festival announced a partial lineup of headliners for the third annual fest-- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park --just after midnight on Monday evening, along with a Groupon deal for discounted fest passes . Within about 30 minutes, the limited $62 passes were sold out.  Topping the headliners list is Chicago-area native Pretty Lights , who has sold out many shows at Congress Theatre (and...
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May 20, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) Daft Punk has always made music that contemplates our relationship with technology, and much of what they foresaw has happened: Our loves are digital (i.e. OkCupid) and so is our music (i.e. Skrillex). The French electronic duo has become one of the most influential musical acts of its generation while limitless amazement about the future has mostly receded in favor of a digital culture interested in re-blogging random scraps of our past - say, a “Soul Train” video tweaked for a modern audience, as was done recently with DP's single “Get Lucky.” In that...
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 Passion Pit 7:30 p.m. Fri. at UIC Pavilion. Sold out. The band's music sounds a lot happier than it really is. If you listen to the words, which you may not.   Solange 8 p.m. Sat. at Bottom Lounge. Sold out. Beyonce's little sister should absolutely not be pigeonholed as “Beyonce's little sister.”   Delta Rae, ZZ Ward 7 p.m. Sun. at Lincoln Hall. Sold out. Up-and-coming artists you should know, particularly Ward. Love the blues/hip-hop combo.
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 Passion Pit 7:30 p.m. Fri. at UIC Pavilion. Sold out. The band's music sounds a lot happier than it really is. If you listen to the words, which you may not.   Solange 8 p.m. Sat. at Bottom Lounge. Sold out. Beyonce's little sister should absolutely not be pigeonholed as “Beyonce's little sister.”   Delta Rae, ZZ Ward 7 p.m. Sun. at Lincoln Hall. Sold out. Up-and-coming artists you should know, particularly Ward. Love the blues/hip-hop combo.
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February 23, 2012 | Jessica Galliart | RedEye's Soundboard
Skrillex, Afrojack and Moby are among the headliners for the Spring Awakening Festival , a new electronic dance music fest at Soldier Field to kick off the summer, June 16-17, as announced today via a Groupon deal. The @SpringAwakeFest official Twitter account tweeted a link to the deal just before midnight for $74 for a $114 (includes fees) two-day festival pass. By mid-day Thursday, the deal was sold out with more than 240 tickets bought. Sound familiar? It's not deja vu--the second annual North Coast Music Festival in September also used a limited Groupon...
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August 21, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of 4) You go to Trey Songz when you need an R&B hook for your rap song, which makes him the target for those complaints about the music on the radio being too commercial. At a time when R. Kelly shores up his fan base with throwback albums, Usher takes his musical cues from Ibiza and Chris Brown persists in being an irreconcilable d-bag, Trey Songz represents modern R&B's de facto leading man. He's generic, but in a reassuring way. What gets lost in the whirling vortex of R&B discussion that surrounds Mr. Songz while rarely including him is...
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October 8, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of four) Hopefully you like Ellie Goulding. In the coming months you're likely going to see a lot of commercials that use music from her new album “Halcyon.” Goulding makes music that scans as “cool” in a generic way: slightly moody synth-pop with nods to trends in electronic music. She falls in an odd middle ground as a sort-of pop star with artsy “indie” vibes, in the same vein as Lana Del Rey or Florence + the Machine (both of whom Goulding also resembles musically)
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May 23, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Thousands, if not millions, have been sneaking to Google today to play "Iron Man" or "Smoke on the Water" on the replica synthesizer, but for one Chicago man and his family, the doodle represents much more than a cool feature. Matt Moog - whose dad, Bob Moog, invented a synthesizer that revolutionized electronic music - said the doodle honoring what would be his father's 78th birthday brings Moog's legacy to the masses. "My dad received a tremendous amount of press and attention over the years," said Moog, 42, of Lincoln Park.
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February 15, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Last Sunday, the Grammys' collabo-lust spawned the awkward unity of Maroon 5/Beach Boys and Foo Fighters/Deadmau5. So of course the Grammys helped support “Re:Generation,” a documentary that dares five of the world's biggest DJs to team up with veterans of various, non-electronic genres and write a song. The results: > > Pretty Lights trying (and failing) to coach stubborn country music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley into a Burl Ives-esque take on “Wayfaring Stranger,” and...
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February 12, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
As most people who watched the Grammys already know, Sunday's ceremony in L.A. was awesome. Moments such as Justin Timberlake's return to the stage, the star-studded Bob Marley tribute and Fun.'s indoor rainstorm made the night unforgettable. This is my first year as a member of the Chicago chapter of The Recording Academy (that's the fancy name for the organization that votes on the Grammys), and now that I've been involved with the process I appreciate it so much more as a musician and as a music lover.
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February 12, 2013 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
As most people who watched the Grammys already know, Sunday's ceremony in L.A. was awesome. Moments such as Justin Timberlake's return to the stage, the star-studded Bob Marley tribute and Fun.'s indoor rainstorm made the night unforgettable. This is my first year as a member of the Chicago chapter of The Recording Academy (that's the fancy name for the organization that votes on the Grammys), and now that I've been involved with the process I appreciate it so much more as a musician and as a music lover.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of four) Hopefully you like Ellie Goulding. In the coming months you're likely going to see a lot of commercials that use music from her new album “Halcyon.” Goulding makes music that scans as “cool” in a generic way: slightly moody synth-pop with nods to trends in electronic music. She falls in an odd middle ground as a sort-of pop star with artsy “indie” vibes, in the same vein as Lana Del Rey or Florence + the Machine (both of whom Goulding also resembles musically)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of 4) You go to Trey Songz when you need an R&B hook for your rap song, which makes him the target for those complaints about the music on the radio being too commercial. At a time when R. Kelly shores up his fan base with throwback albums, Usher takes his musical cues from Ibiza and Chris Brown persists in being an irreconcilable d-bag, Trey Songz represents modern R&B's de facto leading man. He's generic, but in a reassuring way. What gets lost in the whirling vortex of R&B discussion that surrounds Mr. Songz while rarely including...
NEWS
May 23, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Thousands, if not millions, have been sneaking to Google today to play "Iron Man" or "Smoke on the Water" on the replica synthesizer, but for one Chicago man and his family, the doodle represents much more than a cool feature. Matt Moog - whose dad, Bob Moog, invented a synthesizer that revolutionized electronic music - said the doodle honoring what would be his father's 78th birthday brings Moog's legacy to the masses. "My dad received a tremendous amount of press and attention over the years," said Moog, 42, of Lincoln Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
True to tradition, North Coast Music Festival announced a partial lineup of headliners for the third annual fest-- Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Union Park --just after midnight on Monday evening, along with a Groupon deal for discounted fest passes . Within about 30 minutes, the limited $62 passes were sold out.  Topping the headliners list is Chicago-area native Pretty Lights , who has sold out many shows at Congress Theatre (and...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012 | Jessica Galliart | RedEye's Soundboard
Skrillex, Afrojack and Moby are among the headliners for the Spring Awakening Festival , a new electronic dance music fest at Soldier Field to kick off the summer, June 16-17, as announced today via a Groupon deal. The @SpringAwakeFest official Twitter account tweeted a link to the deal just before midnight for $74 for a $114 (includes fees) two-day festival pass. By mid-day Thursday, the deal was sold out with more than 240 tickets bought. Sound familiar? It's not deja vu--the second annual North Coast Music Festival...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) Daft Punk has always made music that contemplates our relationship with technology, and much of what they foresaw has happened: Our loves are digital (i.e. OkCupid) and so is our music (i.e. Skrillex). The French electronic duo has become one of the most influential musical acts of its generation while limitless amazement about the future has mostly receded in favor of a digital culture interested in re-blogging random scraps of our past - say, a “Soul Train” video tweaked for a modern audience, as was done recently with DP's single “Get Lucky.” In that...
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April 17, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Wavefront Music Festival, Chicago's first all electronic music festival, will kick off June 30 - July 1 at Montrose Beach. The two-day event will feature two main stages headlined by acts like Boys Noize, Duck Sauce and Matthew Dear. The two-day festival will be produced by 4 Headed Productions, a side project of Spy Bar owner Dino Gardiakos. "I've been thinking about the idea of moving up to a bigger audience and doing something on a larger scale for the last couple of years," Gardiakos said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Last Sunday, the Grammys' collabo-lust spawned the awkward unity of Maroon 5/Beach Boys and Foo Fighters/Deadmau5. So of course the Grammys helped support “Re:Generation,” a documentary that dares five of the world's biggest DJs to team up with veterans of various, non-electronic genres and write a song. The results: > > Pretty Lights trying (and failing) to coach stubborn country music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley into a Burl Ives-esque take on “Wayfaring Stranger,” and ultimately bringing in...
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