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March 19, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, for RedEye
Black Keys When: 7:30 p.m. Monday Where: United Center Sold out Patrick Carney of the Black Keys isn't a fan of another rock band. "Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," Carney told Rolling Stone in a January cover story. "So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be [bleep] -- therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world.
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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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April 1, 2012 | By Julia Borchert, For RedEye
EAT Farm fresh French Cyrano's Farm & Kitchen, 546 N. Wells St. 312-467-0546 When chef-owner Didier Durand revamped the menu along with the decor at his River North restaurant, he literally bought the farm - a small farm in Indiana like the one he grew up on in France, that is. The new menu features farm-to-table French fare including beef bourguignon tacos (three for $7) and a lamb shank entree ($22). 5-10 p.m. Fork it over III Forks, 333 E. Benton Place 312-938-4303 Your Monday gets a little more delicious at the Krupp Brothers Wine Dinner, where Krupp...
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November 1, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
Like many popular young female singers these days, Taylor Momsen has been criticized for incorporating sexuality into her performances, photos and videos. The Pretty Reckless singer sees a bit of a double standard there. “I can see Robert Plant's dick!” she exclaims of the Led Zeppelin frontman's sometimes-revealing attire. “I don't know if anyone is aware of that, but I don't know why everyone just focuses on women.” In large sunglasses, an Eric Clapton T-shirt and knees popping out of torn jeans upstairs at the House of Blues before a late October performance, the...
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July 15, 2012 | Andy Downing, for RedEye
Panoramic & True's sophomore album "Wonderlust" aspires to the orchestral indie-pop of similarly minded acts like Canadian collective Broken Social Scene. There's vibrancy and immediacy to P&T's music that was inspired at least in part by the throwback recording process. Rather than working in a computerized studio and Auto-Tuning every note, the band decamped to the attic of frontman John Lennox's Pilsen apartment and recorded everything live to analog tape, which explains why the singer refers to the crew's sound as "orchestrated dirt.
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August 19, 2012 | Stephen Markley
This Thursday at 8 p.m. there will be a launch party for a new thingamajob I wrote titled the “The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate”. Honestly, if the title alone doesn't pique your interest, I'll go ahead and consider myself a pretty shitty writer. There's been a bit of (intentional) confusion about the nature of this project, so I'll quickly clear things up: This is not a new book proper.
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February 5, 2013 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye Sound Board
Even if you're Tommy Lee, releasing pictures of your junk (intentionally or not) is never a plus in the musical credibility column. So it's no surprise that off-stage incidents like that progressively turned Pete Wentz into much more than the bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, arguably the biggest rock band to come out of (suburban) Chicago in the past decade. He became the group's focal point to such an extent that, when the chart-topping band went on hiatus in late 2009, Wentz said in an interview, “I think the world needs a little less Pete Wentz.
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March 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Truth: My lifelong Cubs fandom doesn't make me biased against “Don't Stop Believin',” a documentary about the new-ish frontman for massive '80s rock band Journey, whose iconic song became the theme for the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. What I am biased against, however, are music docs that tell less than half the story. It happens a lot. Recently, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” purported to take an inside look at the backstage heartbreak of the candy-cane and cleavage...
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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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July 19, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Filligar, a band of brothers anchored by siblings Johnny, Ted and Pete Mathias (longtime pal Casey Gibson rounds out the lineup), has become accustomed to life on the road. In addition to sustaining a hectic tour schedule, the roots-rock group, which splits its time between Los Angeles and Chicago, recently spent the better part of two weeks working as musical ambassadors in Azerbaijan, a country bordered by Russia to the north and Iran to the south. "I thought someone was playing a practical joke when they first told me [about the trip]
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August 14, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Have plans for Friday night? Wanna go have a few drinks and play some pinball? How's that for a pickup line, huh? Well, better than that - don't worry ladies, I'm not hitting on you - the HQ Beercade is actually holding a pinball tournament this Friday to show off their newest machine! Check out the following press release and catch up with me at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a prize: Let Headquarters Beercade be your master of puppets next Friday night!
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July 19, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Filligar, a band of brothers anchored by siblings Johnny, Ted and Pete Mathias (longtime pal Casey Gibson rounds out the lineup), has become accustomed to life on the road. In addition to sustaining a hectic tour schedule, the roots-rock group, which splits its time between Los Angeles and Chicago, recently spent the better part of two weeks working as musical ambassadors in Azerbaijan, a country bordered by Russia to the north and Iran to the south. "I thought someone was playing a practical joke when they first told me [about the trip]
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March 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) Truth: My lifelong Cubs fandom doesn't make me biased against “Don't Stop Believin',” a documentary about the new-ish frontman for massive '80s rock band Journey, whose iconic song became the theme for the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. What I am biased against, however, are music docs that tell less than half the story. It happens a lot. Recently, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” purported to take an inside look at the backstage heartbreak of the candy-cane and cleavage princess and...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2013 | By Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye Sound Board
Even if you're Tommy Lee, releasing pictures of your junk (intentionally or not) is never a plus in the musical credibility column. So it's no surprise that off-stage incidents like that progressively turned Pete Wentz into much more than the bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, arguably the biggest rock band to come out of (suburban) Chicago in the past decade. He became the group's focal point to such an extent that, when the chart-topping band went on hiatus in late 2009, Wentz said in an interview, “I think the world needs a little less Pete Wentz.
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September 6, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein @readjack and For RedEye
In many ways, Grant Brinner, Henry Brinner, Mario Cuomo, Dominic Corso and Matt O'Keefe are normal teenagers from Elmhurst. All but Mario are 17-year-old seniors at York High School (Mario is 18 and dropped out his senior year), and they fill their days attending classes they don't like for future careers they don't want.   That's because, unlike most teenagers, Grant, Henry, Mario, Dominic, and Matt are in a rock band that has succeeded beyond their garage. Known as the Orwells, they have William Morris Agency booking their shows, were offered a...
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August 19, 2012 | Stephen Markley
This Thursday at 8 p.m. there will be a launch party for a new thingamajob I wrote titled the “The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistemological View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate”. Honestly, if the title alone doesn't pique your interest, I'll go ahead and consider myself a pretty shitty writer. There's been a bit of (intentional) confusion about the nature of this project, so I'll quickly clear things up: This is not a new book proper.
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April 9, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan and RedEye special contributor
When Nate Ruess calls from Houston, the singer of pop-rock trio Fun sounds a little overwhelmed as he tries to sneak away for a quick cigarette break. After all, he's had quite the year - when the group's smash single “We Are Young” topped the Billboard Hot 100, Ruess and bandmates Jack Antonoff (of Steel Train) and Andrew Dost (of Anathallo) accomplished something Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and Bruce Springsteen never have. Thanks to its appearance in both a Super Bowl ad and an episode of “Glee” (and seemingly half of the other commercials on TV)
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September 6, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein @readjack and For RedEye
In many ways, Grant Brinner, Henry Brinner, Mario Cuomo, Dominic Corso and Matt O'Keefe are normal teenagers from Elmhurst. All but Mario are 17-year-old seniors at York High School (Mario is 18 and dropped out his senior year), and they fill their days attending classes they don't like for future careers they don't want.   That's because, unlike most teenagers, Grant, Henry, Mario, Dominic, and Matt are in a rock band that has succeeded beyond their garage. Known as the Orwells, they have William Morris Agency booking their shows, were offered a spot on a...
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | Andy Downing, for RedEye
Panoramic & True's sophomore album "Wonderlust" aspires to the orchestral indie-pop of similarly minded acts like Canadian collective Broken Social Scene. There's vibrancy and immediacy to P&T's music that was inspired at least in part by the throwback recording process. Rather than working in a computerized studio and Auto-Tuning every note, the band decamped to the attic of frontman John Lennox's Pilsen apartment and recorded everything live to analog tape, which explains why the singer refers to the crew's sound as "orchestrated dirt.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan and RedEye special contributor
When Nate Ruess calls from Houston, the singer of pop-rock trio Fun sounds a little overwhelmed as he tries to sneak away for a quick cigarette break. After all, he's had quite the year - when the group's smash single “We Are Young” topped the Billboard Hot 100, Ruess and bandmates Jack Antonoff (of Steel Train) and Andrew Dost (of Anathallo) accomplished something Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and Bruce Springsteen never have. Thanks to its appearance in both a Super Bowl ad and an episode of “Glee” (and seemingly half of the other commercials on TV)
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