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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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May 30, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Soundboard
The Pitchfork Music Festival announced its 2014 schedule Friday. The Union Park festival doesn't happen until July 18-20, but the Type A humans among us can go ahead and make a plan right now. Like we told you earlier,   Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will be headlining and you can see other acts like Danny Brown, Pusha T and legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder. Three-day passes are gone, so are Friday single-day tickets. But no fear, you can still get single-day passes for Saturday and Sunday.
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May 12, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
The three sisters of Haim didn't release any music until they'd been a band for five years, spending much of that time honing what's now a must-see live show. On “Falling,” the first track on the group's consistently catchy debut album “Days Are Gone,” they sing, “No one's ever enough.” Conclusion: These are women with great expectations. “We definitely do have high standards, and we're definitely not afraid to say no,” says Alana Haim by phone with a laugh. “I think before the record came out a lot of people around us were kind of pressuring us to turn it in,...
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May 21, 2014 | Ernest Wilkins @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The Chive, a national men's interest and pop culture-focused website based in Chicago, will launch a music festival in June. The site, which has amassed a cult-like following since its 2007 debut, will host its festival June 28th at Soldier Field. The lineup for Chive Fest will feature electronic act Empire Of the Sun and Atlanta rap dynamo 2 Chainz on the main stage. The festival will provide activities such as a life-sized game of Operation. Organizers are also planning "a spectacle that will actually be visible from space," according to a press release.
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December 9, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Rock musician Jamie Dull and dancer-choreographer Erin Murphy want to seduce you. The two friends, who met three years ago at a retail side job and came to admire each other's talents, teamed up to form the multidisciplinary Dancehall Twigs. He's a 28-year-old Tiffin, Ohio native who moved to Chicago in 2008 for a music-related opportunity and plays with bands such as Smoker and The Heavy Hearses; she's a 26-year-old former Deeply Rooted Dance company member from suburban Detroit who moved to Chicago in 2009.
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January 6, 2012
Business Insider reports: In one week, all those users who signed up for (Spotify) the free all you can eat desktop music that day will find out that they're going to be limited to just 10 hours per month now. You're also only allowed to play individual tracks no more than five times per month. Read more at Business Insider 
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) The Beatles. Simon and Garfunkel. Rodriguez. What? Apparently, South African music fans in the '90s put little-known early '70s folk singer Rodriguez on the same level as those legends. The Detroit-native musician, however, dropped from his label after two albums, had no idea of his fame across the ocean. And everyone in South Africa thought the guy was dead. Director Malik Bendjelloul's stranger-than-fiction documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” chronicles the unusual sequence of events that leads a South...
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September 3, 2013 | RedEye
Social justice, live music, food trucks… and everything in between. The first-ever Festival of Joyous Rebellion will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 12 to 6 P.M. at 810 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The festival, which is organized by the National People's Action Campaign (NPAC), offers a little bit of everything. “We tried to find things that would fit in with the spirit of NPAC,” said Jeff Pinzino, a Beverly resident and organizer of the festival, which will include live performances by musicians, comedy...
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July 23, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
*** (out of 4) When Fang Island put out its self-titled debut in 2010, the band's MySpace described the music as “everyone high-fiving each other.” Some critics joked instead that the album's piled-on guitar riffs sounded more like a collection of “SportsCenter” theme music, but the point was the same: If you were to imagine music that sounded “awesome, bro” the result would pretty much be Fang Island and its songwriting technique of...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, CIMMfest No. 5 , the annual four-day showcase celebrating the inseparable connection between music and movies, will feature international film premieres, live concerts, visually stunning DJ/VJ sets, lively Q&A's, daring live score performances, exhibits, and more, in 15 venues centered around Chicago's Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, Thursday, April 18 - Sunday, April 21, 2013...
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May 20, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Last year, Bruce Finkelman (Empty Bottle) and Craig Golden (Longman & Eagle, Space) teamed up to reopen Thalia Hall, a Chicago landmark originally opened in 1892 at the corner of 18th and Allport streets to serve as a community arts center for Pilsen. Dusek's, the venue's restaurant, and Punch House, the basement bar, quickly gained citywide attention. Now, the owners are adding a live music destination to a South Side largely lacking in the packed music venues and nightclubs that thrived in the '50s and '60s.
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May 13, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
For Michael Novak, the performing arts have come full circle. As a kid growing up in Rolling Meadows, Ill., he was bitten by the stage bug when he attended his first theatrical performance: "The Phantom of the Opera" at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. Now, he returns to the Auditorium to leap, soar and fly onstage with the Paul Taylor Dance Company as part of the world-renowned modern dance ensemble's 60th anniversary tour, which ends its spring season in Chicago before gearing up for national and...
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May 12, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
The three sisters of Haim didn't release any music until they'd been a band for five years, spending much of that time honing what's now a must-see live show. On “Falling,” the first track on the group's consistently catchy debut album “Days Are Gone,” they sing, “No one's ever enough.” Conclusion: These are women with great expectations. “We definitely do have high standards, and we're definitely not afraid to say no,” says Alana Haim by phone with a laugh. “I think before the record came out a lot of people around...
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
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.
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April 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
The lineup for the 34th annual Taste of Chicago will include AWOLNATION, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy and Aloe Blacc at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park on July 9-13, the City of Chicago has announced. The City of Chicago announced the Petrillo Music Shell performances for this year's Taste of Chicago, July 9-13. Other acts scheduled include Emmylou Harris, Gary Clark, Jr., Saints of Valory and the Wailers.  More performances will be announced at a...
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April 14, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
RedEye exclusive: This morning the Summer Set Music and Camping Festival announced its lineup, which includes Wu-Tang Clan, Bassnectar and Chicago rap artist Chance the Rapper. In its third year, the festival will take place Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, Wis. Although blind pre-sale tickets are sold out, tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday. The three-day event is curated by Chicago promotions group React Presents, which also produces Spring Awakening and the North Coast Music Festival....
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March 19, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
I always enjoy sharing the fun and interesting events that go on in Chicago's Geek and Nerd Community, especially when they involve combining the arts, like music and comic books. One such event is taking place at AW YEAH Comics , the comic shop owned by local comic creators - and Eisner Award Winners - Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani , along with Marc Hammond . They'll have writer/musician October Crifasi in house for "Comics, Chords and Cocktails" , a meet-and-greet that will involve music and hanging with some of Chicago's comic...
SPORTS
March 25, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The Blackhawks' "Carbomb," forward Dan Carcillo, loves his tunes. Here's a mixtape of some Carcillo musical trivia: He's planning on seeing Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field. He plans to hit a party at a friend's house or go out in Wrigleyville beforehand, though he doesn't know where he's sitting yet. If the Hawks lost the rights to "Chelsea Dagger" to play after each goal, Carcillo would choose The Who's "Baba O'Reilly. " Before a game he expects to be particularly physical, Carcillo listens to Rage Against the Machine or "heavier" Led Zeppelin to get...
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Chicago native Allison Semmes is a classical singer by training - she has a bachelor's degree in opera from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - but she grew up with Motown in the house. "That was the popular music of [my parents'] time," she said. "That was like their Beyonce. " Now, Semmes, who grew up in Hyde Park, returns to Chicago to star as Diana Ross in the national tour of "Motown the Musical," which kicks off with a three-month run at the Oriental Theatre. Based on Motown founder Berry Gordy's autobiography, the production - which...
NEWS
April 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Techweek is digging deep into the music scene.  The week long tech conference announced today that a music fest --dubbed Future Sound--will kick off at the tail end of the Chicago appearance of Techweek. Brooklyn-based synth-pop band St. Lucia will appear on the second day of the fest, Saturday, June 27.  Future Sound is "focused on the intersection of music and technology," where bands will play on a stage set between the Chicago River and Merchandise Mart, where the main festivities for Techweek are...
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