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March 12, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 ***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday The Dan Band, Friday, May 17 ($22-$25, 17+) at House of Blues. Relient K, Hellogoodbye, William Beckett, Sunday, May 19 ($20-$23, all ages) at House of Blues. Toots and the Maytals, Thursday, April 4 ($27.50-$30, 17+) at House of Blues. On sale noon Friday Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Saturday, May 18 ($26, 18+) at Metro. On sale 5 p.m. Friday O.A.R., Friday, June 28 ($39.50, all ages) at Charter One Pavilion.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Goose Island Brewery is partnering with The FADER magazine to bring a series of events to three U.S. cities, and Chicago made the cut. The "Analog Migration" series will take place May 1 and will feature El-P and Killer Mike's Run The Jewels, Los Angeles-based punk band Tijuana Panthers and Chicago's DJ Timbuck2. The Chicago event will take place at the Lacuna Lofts in Pilsen. Analog Migration will serve as publicity for the new Goose Island 312 Pale Ale and will feature local record stores selling a collection of vinyl curated by the magazine.
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July 2, 2012 | By Andy Downing and For RedEye
Despite his intimidating name and his forceful, cinderblock-to-the-chest flow, Atlanta rapper Killer Mike (aka Michael Render) insists most of his days are filled with laughter. "I've been out on the road with El-P and eXquire and all the crews are nonstop laughing," he said in a recent phone interview from a tour stop in San Diego. True, there are plenty of moments on his El-P-produced magnum opus, "R.A.P. Music"--a bare-knuckled bruiser that stands as an early contender for album of the year--where the 37-year-old MC's indignation takes over (clearly he's none too fond of Ronald...
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November 12, 2013 | By Matt Pais and Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
It would be very easy to hear about a band named Diarrhea Planet and want to ignore them completely. No one with the terrible judgment to call a band that can have the good judgment to make music worth hearing. Of course, you know all that business about judging and book covers. Diarrhea Planet is actually pretty good, as are these other questionably named groups that come to mind. Art Brut Does it rhyme with “butt,” or do you pronounce it like the wack cologne from the '80s?
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March 4, 2013 | Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins| RedEye Sound Board
After the initial announcement of the 2013 headliners Bjork, Belle and Sebastian, and R. Kelly, Pitchfork has announced another wave of artists playing this year's festival: ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead The Breeders Chairlift Mac Demarco El-P Foxygen   Killer Mike Joanna Newsom Angel Olsen   TNGHT   Trash Talk Rustie   ...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Goose Island Brewery is partnering with The FADER magazine to bring a series of events to three U.S. cities, and Chicago made the cut. The "Analog Migration" series will take place May 1 and will feature El-P and Killer Mike's Run The Jewels, Los Angeles-based punk band Tijuana Panthers and Chicago's DJ Timbuck2. The Chicago event will take place at the Lacuna Lofts in Pilsen. Analog Migration will serve as publicity for the new Goose Island 312 Pale Ale and will feature local record stores selling...
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March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, the Pitchfork 2013 lineup is complete. Today the festival announced that artists including M.I.A., Solange, Lil B, Low, Yo La Tengo and Toro Y Moi would join previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Bjork, Belle and Sebastian and Joanna Newsom at this year's bash (July 19-21 at Union Park). The final batch of artists isn't quite as exciting as some of the previously announced artists (El-P, Killer Mike, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, Tree), but Autre Ne Veut and Phosphorescent...
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July 3, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
El-P, as might be expected for a guy whose resume includes performing as part of the widely beloved New York rap group Company Flow, running the underground label Def Jux, and making acclaimed music of his own, has been busy lately. In recent months he's released a solo album, "Cancer for Cure," and produced an album for Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, "R.A.P. Music"--both of which stand among the year's most riveting hip-hop releases--while still finding time to collaborate with buzzed-about artists like Mr. MFN eXquire and Das Racist.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013 | By Matt Pais and Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
It would be very easy to hear about a band named Diarrhea Planet and want to ignore them completely. No one with the terrible judgment to call a band that can have the good judgment to make music worth hearing. Of course, you know all that business about judging and book covers. Diarrhea Planet is actually pretty good, as are these other questionably named groups that come to mind. Art Brut Does it rhyme with “butt,” or do you pronounce it like the wack cologne from the '80s?
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Soundboard
Mine eyes have seen the glory. On July 21, the Pitchfork Music Festival will host its third and final day with a lineup that some are (OK, I am) calling the best day of live music Chicago has ever seen. Now, I'm sure there have been days where three or more awesome acts have played in succession in Chicago, but they probably happened before I was born and therefore don't matter. Let's break down the lineup and what you can expect from them. One-day ($50) and three-day passes ($120)
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July 22, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
I enjoy Pitchfork more than any other festival during the year. The feeling is more intimate and less "OH MY GOD WE ESCAPED THE BURBS FOR A WEEKEND LET'S EXPLORE OUR STUNTED PERSONALITIES BY INGESTING THIS PILE OF SUB-QUALITY DRUGS NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!" You get to have that passive-aggressive feeling of seeing bands that will be bigger in a mainstream capacity in a year and usually get a bit of nostalgia to boot. Here are some observations from the weekend: • All of the food kind of runs together at music festivals.
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July 17, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Brunch Debut Avec 615 W. Randolph St. 312-377-2002 The popular West Loop dinner spot expands into the morning meal with dishes including wood oven-baked French toast with roasted cherries, mint and almonds ($8) and marinated hanger steak with romesco sauce, summer squash, scallions and a fried egg ($15). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Pig Roast 2 Sparrows 553 W. Diversey Parkway 773-234-2320 Pig out in style with all-you-can-eat Catalpa Grove Farm roasted pork served family-style with summertime fixings including...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
And with that, ladies and gentlemen, the Pitchfork 2013 lineup is complete. Today the festival announced that artists including M.I.A., Solange, Lil B, Low, Yo La Tengo and Toro Y Moi would join previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Bjork, Belle and Sebastian and Joanna Newsom at this year's bash (July 19-21 at Union Park). The final batch of artists isn't quite as exciting as some of the previously announced artists (El-P, Killer Mike, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, Tree), but Autre Ne Veut and Phosphorescent are particularly...
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Soundboard
Mine eyes have seen the glory. On July 21, the Pitchfork Music Festival will host its third and final day with a lineup that some are (OK, I am) calling the best day of live music Chicago has ever seen. Now, I'm sure there have been days where three or more awesome acts have played in succession in Chicago, but they probably happened before I was born and therefore don't matter. Let's break down the lineup and what you can expect from them. One-day ($50) and three-day passes ($120)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 ***= Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday The Dan Band, Friday, May 17 ($22-$25, 17+) at House of Blues. Relient K, Hellogoodbye, William Beckett, Sunday, May 19 ($20-$23, all ages) at House of Blues. Toots and the Maytals, Thursday, April 4 ($27.50-$30, 17+) at House of Blues. On sale noon Friday Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Saturday, May 18 ($26, 18+) at Metro. On sale 5 p.m. Friday O.A.R., Friday, June 28 ($39.50, all ages) at...
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins| RedEye Sound Board
After the initial announcement of the 2013 headliners Bjork, Belle and Sebastian, and R. Kelly, Pitchfork has announced another wave of artists playing this year's festival: ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead The Breeders Chairlift Mac Demarco El-P Foxygen   Killer Mike Joanna Newsom Angel Olsen   TNGHT   Trash Talk Rustie   ...
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Brunch Debut Avec 615 W. Randolph St. 312-377-2002 The popular West Loop dinner spot expands into the morning meal with dishes including wood oven-baked French toast with roasted cherries, mint and almonds ($8) and marinated hanger steak with romesco sauce, summer squash, scallions and a fried egg ($15). 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Pig Roast 2 Sparrows 553 W. Diversey Parkway 773-234-2320 Pig out in style with all-you-can-eat Catalpa Grove Farm roasted pork served family-style with summertime fixings including wedge salad, mac 'n' cheese, baked beans, corn fritters...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
I enjoy Pitchfork more than any other festival during the year. The feeling is more intimate and less "OH MY GOD WE ESCAPED THE BURBS FOR A WEEKEND LET'S EXPLORE OUR STUNTED PERSONALITIES BY INGESTING THIS PILE OF SUB-QUALITY DRUGS NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!" You get to have that passive-aggressive feeling of seeing bands that will be bigger in a mainstream capacity in a year and usually get a bit of nostalgia to boot. Here are some observations from the weekend: • All of the food kind of runs together at music festivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and For RedEye
El-P, as might be expected for a guy whose resume includes performing as part of the widely beloved New York rap group Company Flow, running the underground label Def Jux, and making acclaimed music of his own, has been busy lately. In recent months he's released a solo album, "Cancer for Cure," and produced an album for Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, "R.A.P. Music"--both of which stand among the year's most riveting hip-hop releases--while still finding time to collaborate with buzzed-about artists like Mr. MFN eXquire and Das Racist.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Andy Downing and For RedEye
Despite his intimidating name and his forceful, cinderblock-to-the-chest flow, Atlanta rapper Killer Mike (aka Michael Render) insists most of his days are filled with laughter. "I've been out on the road with El-P and eXquire and all the crews are nonstop laughing," he said in a recent phone interview from a tour stop in San Diego. True, there are plenty of moments on his El-P-produced magnum opus, "R.A.P. Music"--a bare-knuckled bruiser that stands as an early contender for album of the year--where the 37-year-old MC's indignation takes over (clearly he's...
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