March 13, 2014 |
** (out of four) Leading roles don't grow on trees. If they did, Aaron Paul's first big-screen starring performance would inspire someone to chop down that tree, throw it in the ocean and set the ocean on fire. From the little I've seen of “Breaking Bad” - I know, I know - Paul isn't just intense in his Emmy-winning role as Jesse Pinkman. He has an unpredictable edge. In “Need for Speed,” the actor's constipated intensity lives on the surface, charisma-free; it's uncomfortable to watch.
November 20, 2011 |
Band Name: K. Flay Sound/sounds like: On her self-titled debut EP, the young MC, born Kristine Flaherty, flashed an elastic flow and a quick wit, rhyming atop beats that rumbled like traffic on crowded city streets and throbbed like packed discos. More recently the rapper, who spins engaging tales about the mundanity of day-to-day life, has gravitated towards airy, electro-spiked beats that leave more room for her dense wordplay. Claim to fame/need to know: The Wilmette-born Flay, who relocated to Brooklyn in August following eight years in San...
April 30, 2014 |
Heads, begin nodding. Snoop Dogg, Kid Cudi and Bassnectar are among the headliners for the 5th annual North Coast Music Festival, promoter React Presents revealed exclusively to RedEye. As in past years, the fest (Aug. 29-31 at Union Park) caters to fans of rap, EDM, folk and jam bands, with other highlights including Dr. Dog, Washed Out and Action Bronson. Local acts scheduled to perform include Wild Belle, Zebo, ProbCause and Midnight Conspiracy. See below for the lineup, with more acts to be announced later.
April 7, 2014 |
**1/2 (out of 4) While Chuck Inglish has gained fame as half of Chicago hip-hop duo The Cool Kids, the Detroit-native rapper (born Evan Ingersoll) hasn't been properly recognized for his ability to create quality tracks. I worry that he may not achieve the rap superstardom he deserves as a beat maker (he's crafted tracks for Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and more) and will join the list of consistently awesome, under-recognized producers that includes Daz Dillinger (Snoop Dogg, Tupac)
October 21, 2013 |
Latex is much more versatile than you think; just ask Laura Petrielli-Pulice. The Chicago-based designer brings her latex clothing designs to Bravo's new reality competition series, "Styled to Rock. " Superstar singer Rihanna serves as executive producer for the show, which debuts at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 on Bravo. Petrielli-Pulice started her Vex Clothing 13 years ago, taking latex from strictly fetish wear to something that could be incorporated into mainstream fashion. She hopes the show will continue to help her make...
February 28, 2012 |
If you have friends who are REALLY into rap on Twitter, you're probably noticing a lot of humbuggery about something called "the Freshman cover" or the "XXL list. " Curiosity probably got the best of you, and you clicked through only to be really confused about the whole thing. Look, I understand that it can be hard to keep up with who all these rappin'-ass rappers are these days. Lucky for you, I'm here to help. Background: The XXL Freshman list is supposed to be a "these are the new...