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June 27, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) As with “Searching For Sugar Man,” last year's documentary about the decades-late revival of under-appreciated Detroit musician Sixto Rodriguez, “A Band Called Death” serves as a platform for songs that most viewers will hear and say, “How in the world did anyone not think this was really good right away?” Except unlike Rodriguez and “Sugar Man,” “Death” doesn't chronicle an influential artist who was forgotten and was totally oblivious to the impact he had. Rather, Death was a mid-'70s punk band far more notable for its...
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May 28, 2014 | By Elliott Serrano, @ElliottSerrano and For RedEye
Never let it be said that indie comic-book writer Matt Miner preferred to avoid controversy. After rattling some cages with his animal-rights advocating comic-book LIBERATOR , Miner has set his sights on the religious zealots of Westboro Baptist Church in his new project TOE TAG RIOT. The comic features a punk rock band that also happens to be flesh-eating zombies! But if you're a zombie with a conscience, what - or who - do you eat? Miner answers that question, and others about the proposed comic, in this interview for “Geek To Me”: Geek To Me: Hey Matt!
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October 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
*** (out of four) Veteran Fall Out Boy fans know that the band wasn't always the (awesomely catchy, vocally fantastic) radio-ready pop-rock band heard on this year's excellent, hiatus-ending “Save Rock and Roll.” A decade or so ago they were barreling around the Chicago area - and the rest of the country, building a fanbase - with harder-hitting songs reflecting a shared love of punk. It's mildly amusing that the double-disc re-issue of “SR&R” will feature “Pax-Am Days,” a new, 8-song collection of '80s-leaning punk tunes that Ryan Adams produced and that FOB steamrolls...
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January 20, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Nice! A stream of "Metropole," the new record from the iconic Chicago band arrives early in the year (it drops 1/28) and deserves a bit of your time.    Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT The Nosh at Wicker Park A.N. Pritzker School 2009 W. Schiller St. Get a taste of - well, just about everything - from more than 20 vendors including Mixteco Grill , Da Lobsta , Carnal Swine , Pecking Order and Dia de los Tamales at the debut of this new weekly outdoor food stall market from NYC transplants Alan Kannof and Rachel Fletcher, inspired by Brooklyn's Smorgasburg and the Lower East Side's Hester...
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November 15, 2011
Chicago rockers Brain Vacation answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? For us, probably the part where we get drunk and play really loud music. For you, the fans, probably the part where you get drunk and hear really loud music. Seriously though, there's something to be said about the rawness and the spontaneity (mistakes) that can only come out in the live setting... er, come to think of it, our record has lots of mistakes too. Describe your...
SPORTS
December 21, 2011 | By Ted Gruber, For RedEye
"It's clobberin' time. " With those famous words before every wrestling match, Chicagoan and current WWE heavyweight champ CM Punk makes his entrance. Punk's not only at the top of his game, but he put a spark in professional wrestling this summer with his seemingly off-script rant about WWE owner Vince McMahon and his ascension to the championship - in Chicago, no less. He talked with RedEye recently about a variety of topics, including his fondness for MMA, as he prepares to return to Allstate Arena on Monday for "Raw.
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April 4, 2013 | By Elliott Serrano, @elliottserrano and For RedEye
The Super Bowl of pro wrestling is Sunday, and one of the Windy City's own will occupy a huge part of the spotlight. Chicago native CM Punk will take on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, set for 7 p.m. Sunday on pay-per-view; the event takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Both competitors are no stranger to streaks. Punk held the WWE championship for 434 days, and The Undertaker is 20-0 at Wrestlemania. Punk spoke to RedEye about his records, passionate fans and "the only thing that matters" to him. You have a history with the Undertaker.
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October 8, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
“This is real life” is a phrase that CM Punk uses at the beginning of his new autobiographical movie “ CM Punk: Best in the World .” He says that to make sure the viewer knows that when he talks about his own life, it's not part of the fiction that comes with being a “superstar” in the WWE. The film does cover some very personal aspects of his life, and I must admit that for being such a private person, I was surprised with how...
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May 20, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) Daft Punk has always made music that contemplates our relationship with technology, and much of what they foresaw has happened: Our loves are digital (i.e. OkCupid) and so is our music (i.e. Skrillex). The French electronic duo has become one of the most influential musical acts of its generation while limitless amazement about the future has mostly receded in favor of a digital culture interested in re-blogging random scraps of our past - say, a “Soul Train” video tweaked for a modern audience, as was done recently with DP's single...
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December 12, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) “We're Bikini Kill, and we want a revolution.” That's how singer Kathleen Hanna opens one of her performances witnessed in the documentary “The Punk Singer.” But unlike the empty words of so many other so-called activist musicians, Hanna put her money where her mouth is. As captured by director Sini Anderson through archival and new interview footage, the now-45-year-old frontwoman co-founded the influential Riot...
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December 6, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko
At least he's wearing a Bulls jersey? Daft Punk have released a new video for 'Instant Crush' of their album Random Access Memories, and it's something. The video stars Stokes singer Juilan Casablancas, who provides vocals for the track, as a pretty creepy museum mannequin who apparently falls in love. Also, things start on fire.  Judge for yourself, but at least give props to Casablancas for repping the Bulls with a No. 23 Michael Jordan jersey.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page...
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December 3, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Recently at a New York deli, a woman called the employees idiots and said both they and the way they cooked her food were disgusting. Kathleen Hanna, long a powerful voice for human decency as frontwoman for influential '90s punk band Bikini Kill, was there. And she couldn't stand by in silence.   “I actually got up in this woman's face and called her some really bad names,” says Hanna, now the singer of the Julie Ruin and the subject of the documentary “The Punk Singer,” opening Dec. 6, by phone from New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
*** (out of four) Veteran Fall Out Boy fans know that the band wasn't always the (awesomely catchy, vocally fantastic) radio-ready pop-rock band heard on this year's excellent, hiatus-ending “Save Rock and Roll.” A decade or so ago they were barreling around the Chicago area - and the rest of the country, building a fanbase - with harder-hitting songs reflecting a shared love of punk. It's mildly amusing that the double-disc re-issue of “SR&R” will feature “Pax-Am Days,” a new, 8-song collection of '80s-leaning punk tunes that...
NEWS
September 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Needles have been found on the fence in Wicker Park. The homeless camp out there. The triangular-shaped park was the scene of a fatal shooting last week. It's all left residents asking for greater security at the park. The problems at the park, said longtime resident Mike Payette, include public drunkenness, drug use and disorderly conduct by drifters he referred to as “rail riders or grungy punks.” “They get in violent confrontations, pull out the bushes and the roses and throw them - it just goes on and...
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July 10, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT The Nosh at Wicker Park A.N. Pritzker School 2009 W. Schiller St. Get a taste of - well, just about everything - from more than 20 vendors including Mixteco Grill , Da Lobsta , Carnal Swine , Pecking Order and Dia de los Tamales at the debut of this new weekly outdoor food stall market from NYC transplants Alan Kannof and Rachel Fletcher, inspired by Brooklyn's Smorgasburg and the Lower East Side's Hester...
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June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) As with “Searching For Sugar Man,” last year's documentary about the decades-late revival of under-appreciated Detroit musician Sixto Rodriguez, “A Band Called Death” serves as a platform for songs that most viewers will hear and say, “How in the world did anyone not think this was really good right away?” Except unlike Rodriguez and “Sugar Man,” “Death” doesn't chronicle an influential artist who was forgotten and was totally oblivious to the impact he had. Rather, Death was a mid-'70s punk band far more notable for its...
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
From last month's Met Gala theme to an upcoming karaoke fundraiser in Wicker Park, punk is back in. The First Ward is hosting the Wicker Punk Ball on July 12 at the Double Door to raise money for 826 CHI, a local nonprofit writing and tutoring center. A quarter of the event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit and The Boring Store. The rest will go to the ward political organization. Making a guest appearance will be Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st), also ward committeeman, who plans to hold the mic and sing karaoke with a live band.
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