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February 14, 2014 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Pitchfork announced Friday. Scheduled for July 18-20, the lineup (thus far) includes: Grimes Slowdive Giogio Morodor Tune-Yards Death Grips Sun Kil Moon Pusha T Sharon Van Etten Diiv Factory Floor Wild Beasts The Julie Ruin Haxan Cloak Mas Ysa The Range Circulatory System Ka Single-day passes are $60, three-day passes $130. On sale now .   Want more?
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March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
St. Vincent, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, among others, were added to the 2014 Pitchfork Music Fest lineup, as announced Thursday. The second round of artists also includes Real Estate, Cloud Nothings and Earl Sweatshirt, and adds to previously announced headliners Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel. Tickets are on sale now -- three-day passes going for $130, single-days for $60 -- for the July 18-20 fest. Full lineup and schedule below: Friday: Beck Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Giorgio Moroder Sun Kil Moon Factory Floor Death...
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October 3, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
*** out of 4 Close to the release of Kendrick Lamar's debut album, "good kid m.A.A.d city," and we get the newest single and apparent crown jewel, "Compton," bearing local rap titan and Kendrick mentor Dr. Dre, named for their shared stomping ground. That similarity exposes the differences between two artists on starkly different sides of hip-hop's generational divide, one man a titan of a golden era and the other inspiring anointments as rap's redemption. While Dre has spent the last decade being the game's most enigmatic and expensive co-sign, teasing a magnum opus that will...
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February 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
'Oxymoron' Schoolboy Q 3.5 out of 4 stars  From “Gangsta,” his album-opening declaration of self, to razor-sharp barbs like, “[Bleep] rap, my [bleep] real,” Schoolboy Q wants it known that he's not here for any of the foolishness that's become common in modern rap. On “Oxymoron,” the L.A. rapper's major label debut, there are no fantasy-level stories of wealth and no boasts of living on a boat, where he wears tank tops from designers you've never heard of and a butler serves him croissants.
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August 13, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Last night on New York radio station Hot 97, Big Sean debuted a new song  featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica that was cut from his upcoming album "Hall Of Fame. " Other than the usual 80-pound bench press boasts (That would be Sean) and uninteresting new bars from the rap equivalent of your cousin who was a starting linebacker for Michigan who quit and then took a few years to "find himself" after college (That would be Electronica.), it wasn't a big deal.  Oh crap, I forgot about Kendrick!
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October 23, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**** (out of 4)   If you spend even a minute of time around rap, you're bound to hear a conversation about “real hip-hop.” The basic argument goes like this: Rappers who showcase lyrical dexterity and a willingness to not discuss the holy trinity of money, cash, hoes are better than rappers who just have an ear for production and/or glorify their surroundings (or make them up as they go). The entire discussion is tired and lazy and usually biased with respect to age. It's basically: “My guys...
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November 5, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
UPDATE: Kanye West's Yeezus tour dates have been officially rescheduled for Chicago as well as other tour stops. The Nov. 7 and 9 dates have been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 18. Ticketholders should hold onto their tickets; Nov. 7 tickets will be honored Dec. 17, Nov. 9 tickets Dec. 18. Detroit and Toronto stops on the tour have been rescheduled as well as Chicago. Yeezus will go to Detroit on Dec. 19 and Toronto on Dec. 22-23. Fake Shore Drive was first to report the postponed shows Monday afternoon.
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March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
St. Vincent, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q, among others, were added to the 2014 Pitchfork Music Fest lineup, as announced Thursday. The second round of artists also includes Real Estate, Cloud Nothings and Earl Sweatshirt, and adds to previously announced headliners Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel. Tickets are on sale now -- three-day passes going for $130, single-days for $60 -- for the July 18-20 fest. Full lineup and schedule below: Friday: Beck Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks...
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January 14, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
 ***1/2 (out of four) On the highly enjoyable “LongLiveA$AP,” A$AP Rocky's much-anticipated and frequently delayed full-length debut, the only real problem is Rocky's rapping, which is uninspired and devoid of personality. While Rocky has claimed he thinks of himself as an “artiste,” his music lacks the defining quality that elevates fun songs to art: a sense of emotional truth or personal complexity. One reason rappers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown so easily outperform Rocky on his own tracks is that they are more...
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November 4, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
** (out of 4) Eminem is one of the best rappers ever. That fact cannot be disputed.   Yet “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” the sequel to Em's 2000 smash, is a frustrating record. Though Slim Shady hasn't lost a step technically, the bawdy, "shock you for the sake of doing it" style hasn't aged well. There are times where Mathers now sounds like your drunk uncle, goading you to fight him by using slurs in a failed attempt to regain the power of language that was always offensive.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Jessica Galliart, @jessicagalliart
Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Pitchfork announced Friday. Scheduled for July 18-20, the lineup (thus far) includes: Grimes Slowdive Giogio Morodor Tune-Yards Death Grips Sun Kil Moon Pusha T Sharon Van Etten Diiv Factory Floor Wild Beasts The Julie Ruin Haxan Cloak Mas Ysa The Range Circulatory System Ka Single-day passes are $60, three-day passes $130. On sale now .   Want more?
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January 26, 2014 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye
At some point Macklemore and Ryan Lewis went from breakout independent rap stars to a duo it was uncool to like. Is it theoretically surprising to see them take down Kanye, Jay Z, Drake and Kendrick all at once? Yes. But you know what? "The Heist" is a good album. It's fun. It has something to say. Let's turn the backlash backwards. Besides, there's nothing you can do about it. M+RL were big winners during Sunday's Grammys, taking home best new artist, best rap album and, more significantly, setting the scene for a mass wedding (officiated by Queen Latifah and including...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
UPDATE: Kanye West's Yeezus tour dates have been officially rescheduled for Chicago as well as other tour stops. The Nov. 7 and 9 dates have been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 18. Ticketholders should hold onto their tickets; Nov. 7 tickets will be honored Dec. 17, Nov. 9 tickets Dec. 18. Detroit and Toronto stops on the tour have been rescheduled as well as Chicago. Yeezus will go to Detroit on Dec. 19 and Toronto on Dec. 22-23. Fake Shore Drive was first to report the postponed shows Monday afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
** (out of 4) Eminem is one of the best rappers ever. That fact cannot be disputed.   Yet “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” the sequel to Em's 2000 smash, is a frustrating record. Though Slim Shady hasn't lost a step technically, the bawdy, "shock you for the sake of doing it" style hasn't aged well. There are times where Mathers now sounds like your drunk uncle, goading you to fight him by using slurs in a failed attempt to regain the power of language that was always offensive.
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October 17, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
During Disclosure's early evening set at Lollapalooza 2013, British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence paused to pay tribute to house music--a genre with deep Chicago roots that heavily informs the pair's celebrated full-length debut, “Settle.”   “Chicago, home of house music!” they cheered. “We love Chicago and everything its music has done for us!”   It's a point Guy, 22, reiterated in a recent phone interview, saying, “Basically, all my musical heroes are from [Chicago]
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Last night on New York radio station Hot 97, Big Sean debuted a new song  featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica that was cut from his upcoming album "Hall Of Fame. " Other than the usual 80-pound bench press boasts (That would be Sean) and uninteresting new bars from the rap equivalent of your cousin who was a starting linebacker for Michigan who quit and then took a few years to "find himself" after college (That would be Electronica.), it wasn't a big deal.  Oh crap, I forgot about Kendrick!
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | RedEye Sound Board
You've already seen our picks for albums of the year , but maybe you're wondering what else almost made the cut. Below are all of the albums that reviewed by the RedEye Sound Board that recieved three stars or more in 2012. ***-star reviewed albums: "Unapologetic", Rihanna "Timing Of The Void", Eagle Claw "Local Business", Titus Andronicus "Traphouse Rock", Kids These Days "Food and Liquor Vol. II: The Great American Rap Album pt. 1", Lupe Fiasco "Major", Fang Island "Wildlife Pop", Stepdad "Life Is Good", Nas ...
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May 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule's stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely. Still, there are a few bummers in the 2013 Lolla sked, announced Tuesday. Here are some thinkers with my suggestions. Fri. Queens of the Stone Age (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Chance the Rapper (6:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By RedEye Sound Board
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Here's some must-see (and missable) picks from our music crew to help you plot out your weekend. And even we can't agree on everything! (Except for Chance the Rapper, that is.)   Andy Downing Friday     Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m., Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m., Petrillo stage)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Andy Downing, Adam Lukach, Dana Moran, Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Andy Downing Friday Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m. at Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m. at Petrillo stage). Because the only thing worse than the awful, awful name is the music. Hardest decision: Queens of the Stone Age (6:15-7:30 p.m. at Bud Light stage)
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