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September 10, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of 4) The xx make music for pretty much one context: the late night walk or train ride home, ideally taken in some state of melancholy. If you have a great pair of headphones for those late night treks, you're in good shape. If you just went through a breakup, you're really in luck. Much like the band's 2009 debut, the English outfit's second album “Coexist” mines the minimal sound of simple, quietly delivered guitar lines, pairing these with a drum machine and back-and-forth vocal exchanges to explore the delicate emotional territory of collapsing relationships.
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August 13, 2013
 *** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday Chris Cornell, Friday, Nov. 1 ($44-$79, all ages) at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Phantogram, Wednesday, Oct. 9 ($21, 18+) at Vic Theatre. On sale noon Friday Active Child, JMSN, Monday, Nov. 18 ($16, 21+) at Lincoln Hall. ***Willis Earl Beal, Friday, Sept. 6 ($12, 21+) at Schubas. ***Cymbals Eat Guitars, Friday, Nov. 15 ($14, 18+) at Schubas. Fort Frances, Hugh Bob and the Hustle, Sunday, Nov. 3 ($12-$14, all ages)
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NEWS
July 16, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Alex Chadwick was ecstatic when a video of him shredding through 100-guitar riffs got 10,000 views on YouTube. About a month and a half later, almost 3 million people have watched the Rogers Park resident rip his way through rock history. "We ended up making kind of a cool history lesson; we didn't expect it to take off like it did," he said. After going viral, the 28-year-old has done interviews on MSNBC, WGN and NPR about the video, which begins with Chet Atkin's "Mr. Sandman" and ends with St. Vincent's "Cruel.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Brian Hedger, For RedEye
He didn't turn his stick into a pretend guitar or drop it like it was on fire, but Brent Seabrook's celebration following his overtime goal to beat Detroit in overtime Wednesday was memorable. In the midst of being mobbed by his teammates, Seabrook looked toward the rafters at United Center with an expression like he'd just won the lottery. It was exactly how you'd expect a guy to look after scoring the goal that ended a classic Stanley Cup playoffs series in overtime of a Game 7. But not all goal celebrations—or "cellies," as players call them—are built the same.
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March 6, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
What: The first single from the Philadelphia rockers' upcoming sophomore album "Love Sign. " The band's debut "Stuck on Nothing" was one of the most purely enjoyable records of 2010. Recommended if you like: Cowbell, singing along with choruses, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. " It's impossible not to hear the similiarities. Does that get in the way of being thrilled for the band's ridiculously hummable, air guitar-worthy return? Not at all. Avoid if you hate: Fun, summer, driving with the windows down and the music loud.
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October 22, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) If you regularly read music press, you've heard about Gary Clark Jr. and his vintage sound. Regarding the Texas guitarist, the word "blues" gets thrown around a lot. You're going to see a lot of reviews where people call “Blak and Blu” a "blues" album. It isn't. Clark's full-length debut is an R&B album with more guitar than you're used to hearing. On multiple times during the record, you think you're getting one style, then you're thrown for a loop on the very next song.  Creativity isn't a bad thing, but if I'm being...
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February 1, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) It's hard not to love an underdog, and Frightened Rabbit is a great one. Maybe it's a Scottish thing - there's no getting around singer Scott Hutchison's heavy brogue - but there's a presumed scruffiness to the men who populate this band's songs. You want to root for them, if for no other reason than the fact that these drunk craftsmen types seem far more appropriate as rock stars than, say, the sappy mandolineers of Mumford & Sons, to whom Frightened Rabbit frequently are compared.
SPORTS
May 30, 2013 | By Brian Hedger, For RedEye
He didn't turn his stick into a pretend guitar or drop it like it was on fire, but Brent Seabrook's celebration following his overtime goal to beat Detroit in overtime Wednesday was memorable. In the midst of being mobbed by his teammates, Seabrook looked toward the rafters at United Center with an expression like he'd just won the lottery. It was exactly how you'd expect a guy to look after scoring the goal that ended a classic Stanley Cup playoffs series in overtime of a Game 7. But not all goal celebrations—or "cellies," as players call them—are built the same.
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February 12, 2012 | Andy Downing, For RedEye
Band name: Summer Girlfriends Sound: This up-and-coming, pizza-obsessed group (seriously, check out the number of pizza mentions on its Facebook page!) laces its catchy garage-rock output with '60s girl-group melodies and a welcome dose of surf-rock guitar. Think Best Coast if frontwoman Bethany Cosentino ditched her pot stash and cat for a black leather jacket and ample reverb. Need to know: The quintet recently finished in fourth place in an online battle-of-the-bands competition put together by an apparel company--more than respectable considering over 800...
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January 23, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart | RedEye Sound Board
**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...
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March 29, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Tom Morello, Patrick Stump ... the list of gifted guitarists from Chicago is a long one, and the list of their accomplishments is even longer. But one thing none of them ever had was a Dr. Pepper commercial. Apparently none of their fretwork ever approached the uniqueness of the Doctor's 23-flavor blend. Come April 8, one famous Chicago guitarist can claim that Pepper prize: legendary air guitarist Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard, the 2012 Air Guitar Champion of the World.
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February 26, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Remember that scene at the beginning of " Back to the Future " where Marty McFly hooks up his guitar to Doc Brown 's giant speaker? You know, so he can play it so loud that the soundwave sends him flying? That was cool. Another thing that's pretty cool is this new line of guitars from instrument maker Peavey, with designs featuring some of the most popular characters in the DC Universe ! Check out the press release then catch up with me at the bottom of the post: Peavey Announces Instrument and Accessory Line Featuring DC...
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February 8, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
If you didn't know the University of Chicago hosted a three-day folk festival every year, you're about 50 years late to the game--but you can catch up this weekend at the 53rd Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival, held Friday through Sunday. The festival is more than just a showcase of traditional folk musicians--over the years it has expanded to include performers as diverse as blues guitarists, banjo and fiddle players, Cajun musicians, Gospel singers, bluegrass bands and bagpipers.
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February 1, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of four) It's hard not to love an underdog, and Frightened Rabbit is a great one. Maybe it's a Scottish thing - there's no getting around singer Scott Hutchison's heavy brogue - but there's a presumed scruffiness to the men who populate this band's songs. You want to root for them, if for no other reason than the fact that these drunk craftsmen types seem far more appropriate as rock stars than, say, the sappy mandolineers of Mumford & Sons, to whom Frightened Rabbit frequently are compared.
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January 31, 2013 | Andy Downing for RedEye
While singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk generally has gravitated towards a slower, quieter sound in Low--the Duluth, Minn., trio he's fronted for nearly two decades alongside his wife Mimi Parker--he lets it all hang out in Retribution Gospel Choir. The band's third album, simply titled "3," is an absolute monster, swinging from shaggy, Crazy-Horse-worthy guitar dirges to more blissfully spaced-out, hypnotic passages. "When we started working on these songs, it was a shot in the arm for us, because we wanted to present something a little more extreme," said...
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January 25, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
Ellie Goulding still thinks of herself as a singer-songwriter, even if the success of her pulsing dance singles "Lights" and "Anything Could Happen" has made it so nobody else does. Now something of a real pop star--after a record 33 weeks on the chart, "Lights" rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100--Goulding still is modest and approachable. As she prepared to embark on a tour to support her most recent album, the haunting, electronic "Halcyon," RedEye caught up with the artist from her flat in England to discuss her songwriting approach, pick up some...
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January 25, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
Ellie Goulding still thinks of herself as a singer-songwriter, even if the success of her pulsing dance singles "Lights" and "Anything Could Happen" has made it so nobody else does. Now something of a real pop star--after a record 33 weeks on the chart, "Lights" rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100--Goulding still is modest and approachable. As she prepared to embark on a tour to support her most recent album, the haunting, electronic "Halcyon," RedEye caught up with the artist from her flat in England to discuss her songwriting approach, pick up some karaoke tips and talk...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | Andy Downing for RedEye
While singer/guitarist Alan Sparhawk generally has gravitated towards a slower, quieter sound in Low--the Duluth, Minn., trio he's fronted for nearly two decades alongside his wife Mimi Parker--he lets it all hang out in Retribution Gospel Choir. The band's third album, simply titled "3," is an absolute monster, swinging from shaggy, Crazy-Horse-worthy guitar dirges to more blissfully spaced-out, hypnotic passages. "When we started working on these songs, it was a shot in the arm for us, because we wanted to present something a little more extreme," said Sparhawk, who...
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January 23, 2013 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart | RedEye Sound Board
**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...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of 4) If you regularly read music press, you've heard about Gary Clark Jr. and his vintage sound. Regarding the Texas guitarist, the word "blues" gets thrown around a lot. You're going to see a lot of reviews where people call “Blak and Blu” a "blues" album. It isn't. Clark's full-length debut is an R&B album with more guitar than you're used to hearing. On multiple times during the record, you think you're getting one style, then you're thrown for a loop on the very next song.  Creativity isn't a bad...
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