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November 29, 2011 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
It's not just the economy that's in a slump. Mainstream music also is in a recession. It used to be that I was always able to turn to the indie scene for fresh beats, bands, rhymes and guitar riffs. But with the Internet now largely replacing the experience of rummaging through racks of records at stores such as Dr. Wax and Reckless Records (thankfully, Reckless still is open), the floodgates have been opened for a litany of new material, a lot of which sucks. Yes, the rise of digital music distribution has given a voice to acts that, say, 10 years ago may never have had a chance to be heard.
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May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Guns, gangs, and violence are unmistakable themes in Michael Block's latest video game, but those expecting "Grand Theft Auto: Chicago" will be greatly disappointed. In "We Are Chicago," the DePaul grad's indie project about life in Englewood, to be released for PC in September, there are no drive-bys or beatdowns depicted onscreen. The game's main character, an African-American teenager named Aaron, doesn't lay a finger on a gun. Instead, gamers will experience everyday life: walking to school, working at a fast-food joint or hanging out in a park while talking with friends and family.
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August 7, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
When I last spoke with the guys of Chicago-based Unshaven Comics , it was in the summer of 2010. That would be when the trio of Marc Alan Fishman , Matt Wright and Kyle Gnepper were busy promoting their anthology series Disposable Razors . A lot has happened to them since then, and prior to their appearance at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con this weekend, Marc Fishman took some time to get me caught up: ...
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May 22, 2014 | By Emily Brown, @emily_brown88
Every Memorial Day weekend, IndyCar drivers set their sights on winning the Indianapolis 500, aka the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing. " And some drivers, such as Scott Dixon, make a spectacle of themselves off the track. Like when the 33-year-old New Zealand native was shooting a Target commercial. "We were in Vegas and did burnouts on a little suburban street," Dixon said. "Seeing the expressions on the natives' faces [was funny]. " On Sunday, he and 32 other drivers will compete in the most illustrious race of the Verizon IndyCar series' season.
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April 6, 2012 | By Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
Raise your hand if you saw the lineup for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Fest and were like, "...huh?" Yeah, that's OK.  Bone up on your indie band knowledge and introduce yourself to the 40-plus acts scheduled to perform at the fest with a playlist of the full lineup     CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PITCHFORK MUSIC FEST 2012 PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY.     
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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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February 17, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
***1/2 (out of 4) Having limited exposure to previous work from Fun (an indie super-group comprising members of the Format, Anathallo and Steel Train), I showed up to the New York outfit's sophomore full-length merely expecting some fun indie pop. Receiving stadium-ready songs like “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) and “One Foot,” both songs either currently or soon to be invading every commercial in the known universe, was a kick to the gut I didn't mind one bit. The title track has lush vocals from Nate Ruess and guitar play that...
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September 3, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Some songs and artists just don't need a lot of description. Watch/listen to the above video for "Promiseland" and see why I'm excited about 90 Pounds of Pete, the solo indie pop project from Winnetka-raised Young Jesus drummer Peter Martin, 21, who's currently a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. And just between you and me: I've heard several more of his upcoming tracks, and they're great too. Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U mpais@tribune.com   Want more?
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July 10, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) While many of its contemporaries in '80s new wave nostalgia drowned their music and accompanying emotions in electronic filters, Twin Shadow's 2010 debut “Forget” embraced the era's tradition of moody music on its own terms. George Lewis Jr., Twin Shadow's creative force, delivered sharp production and musicianship that recalled actual period bands rather than merely leaning on the '80s shorthand of Human League-style synth effects. For a breakup album, however, “Forget” could have the effect of leaving its listeners more...
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December 6, 2011 | By Jessica Galliart, RedEye
***1/2 (out of four)   “You mean the new album from the not-weird-enough version of The White Stripes?”   Look, I'm not a Black Keys disciple. It's one of those indie groups making beautiful things happen from not much at all, but it's also one of those groups that doesn't taste quite right without a bottle of whiskey.   Whether or not you agree that The Black Keys are better appreciated after a few rounds at a bluesy bar, you'd be hard-pressed to argue that “El Camino” isn't a big contender for best rock album of 2011.
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April 21, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Vegan Pizza and Beer Dinner Dimo's Pizza 1615 N. Damen Ave. 773-525-4580 The classic pairing - pizza and beer - gets an update with vegan slices served with Ale Asylum brews. One of the four courses includes a glass of Hopalicious paired with pizza featuring roasted root vegetables, Thai basil and spicy curry sauce. 7-9 p.m. $40-$45. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/621493 Earth Day Promotion Modern Asian Kitchen 1942 W. Division St. 773-772-6251 Satisfy both your appetite and your desire to improve the planet: Order the organic and locally sourced...
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September 3, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Some songs and artists just don't need a lot of description. Watch/listen to the above video for "Promiseland" and see why I'm excited about 90 Pounds of Pete, the solo indie pop project from Winnetka-raised Young Jesus drummer Peter Martin, 21, who's currently a senior at Loyola University New Orleans. And just between you and me: I've heard several more of his upcoming tracks, and they're great too. Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U mpais@tribune.com   Want more?
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Rolling down victory lane, Tony Kanaan lifted his visor. He wiped away a steady flow of long-overdue tears. The heartbreak was over. After 12 tries, after leading 221 laps, Kanaan finally found victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26. He was the Indy 500 champion. It hit him. And hit him hard. He emerged from his car, throwing both fists to the sky. He gave his wife, Lauren, a long kiss. He took a shower in the winner's milk. “Sometimes it still doesn't feel real,” said Kanaan, seated at a...
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May 21, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Graham Rahal slouched atop a stool nestled inside a local coffee shop. The 24-year-old IndyCar driver planted his elbows firmly on the small table in front of him. His stare darted around the room. He could imagine grandstands surrounding him that very moment. But no crowd rumbled. No checkered flag flapped. The loudest noise in the shop was the feverish tapping of Rahal's right foot. Again and again, he pounded his heel against the metal seat. It was as if he was hammering the gas pedal of a car flying at...
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March 20, 2013 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Rob Lach lovingly pats a hulking, pale-blue arcade cabinet with the Chicago flag painted on the side and a marquee that reads "Indie City Arcade. " "Yep, this thing's spent a lot of time in my garage," says Lach, 26, of Dunning. A component broke less than 48 hours prior, and Lach worked much of the next two nights desperately trying to get the machine ready for its long-awaited debut in late February at a party at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park. "I've never built anything like [this]
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February 5, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
For national audiences, stars Olivia Wilde ("House") and Jake Johnson ("The New Girl") are the two biggest reasons to see "Drinking Buddies. " But Chicagoans will want to see it to support its two local stars - Revolution and Three Floyds breweries. Both breweries have roles - one on-screen, one behind-the-scenes - in the film, which was directed by Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg and will debut at Austin's South by Southwest festival in March. The film follows the relationship between Kate (Wilde)
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March 5, 2012 | By Melinda McIntire, for RedEye
The guy who frequents Ukrainian Village coffee shop Atomix is much more than a guy named Phil. He's actually Phillip-Michael Scales, a Ukrainian Village resident and frontman of Briar Rabbit , a local Chicago act that recently dropped a new album, "The Great Routine," and is currently on tour throughout the Midwest.  Briar Rabbit's tour has made stops in college towns including Des Moines, Ames, Madison, Grand Rapids and Iowa City....
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April 21, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Vegan Pizza and Beer Dinner Dimo's Pizza 1615 N. Damen Ave. 773-525-4580 The classic pairing - pizza and beer - gets an update with vegan slices served with Ale Asylum brews. One of the four courses includes a glass of Hopalicious paired with pizza featuring roasted root vegetables, Thai basil and spicy curry sauce. 7-9 p.m. $40-$45. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/621493 Earth Day Promotion Modern Asian Kitchen 1942 W. Division St. 773-772-6251 Satisfy both your appetite and your desire to improve the planet: Order the...
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December 13, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
It's a mystery worthy of an Indiana Jones adventure. Earlier this week, the staff of the University of Chicago revealed that they had received a strange package. It was addressed to "Henry Walton Jones Jr. " care of the university, and was processed with the regular mail. On further inspection, the package was more than it appeared to be. Once they realized that something peculiar was going on, they opened it to find a treasure trove of Indiana Jones prop replicas.  Now, fans of the Indiana Jones movies will know that a young Henry Jones Jr. attended the ...
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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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