April 20, 2012 |
Nicole Boudreau stares intently into the camera, lip-synching along with a booming recording of herself as the name of her band glitters in bright lights behind her. This music video for the Royalty's addictive song “Bartender” isn't happening on some Hollywood sound stage, though. It's to the right of the bar inside the Blue Line Lounge and Grill, just under the Damen blue line stop. The spot's retro vibe matches perfectly with the soul-influenced rockers, who may not be unknown much longer thanks to being tagged as an MTV Buzzworthy artist.
November 29, 2012 |
As Chicago's foremost rock star/wrestling company founder/tea house owner, Billy Corgan is a busy guy. On Friday his wrestling organization, Resistance Pro, will host its one-year anniversary show. On Monday, The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue their biggest commercial success, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. " And then there are shows to play, teas to brew and Bears games to watch. Through it all, Corgan always has something to say and doesn't really care whether you like it. He talked to RedEye about wrestling, revisiting his most successful album and a...
August 9, 2013 |
When the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con takes place in Rosemont, IL this weekend, the convention will be sporting stars of comics, television and pop culture. Among them will be James Marsters , who is known for playing the role of “Spike” on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, and the Buffy spin-off “Angel.” In addition to appearing at the event, he will also be playing with his band “Ghost of the Robot” in a very rare appearance in the Midwest. Prior to his trip to Chicago, Marsters spoke with me...
January 10, 2013 |
Local rockers and RedEye favorites Archie Powell and the Exports will play a Sandy Hook relief benefit 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at Goose Island Wrigleyville, with Mutts, Brother George & 500 Miles to Memphis opening. Presenter Vicarious Venues will match whatever the Exports bring in money-wise (tickets to the show are $8), and the other groups will pitch in from their funds as well. Proceeds will go to the My Sandy Hook Family Fund to benefit families of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
March 5, 2012 |
Always wondered why Thom Yorke can't stand still? Now you can investigate in person: Radiohead is coming to Chicago--er, Tinley Park--in June. The English rockers, currently touring in support of an album ("The King of Limbs") whose lack of impact in no way damaged your love of the band, appear June 10 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, just two days after the band headlines at Bonnaroo. (Surely everyone feels up to playing a big outdoor concert two days after partying at Bonnaroo, right?
March 6, 2012 |
What: The first single from the Philadelphia rockers' upcoming sophomore album "Love Sign. " The band's debut "Stuck on Nothing" was one of the most purely enjoyable records of 2010. Recommended if you like: Cowbell, singing along with choruses, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. " It's impossible not to hear the similiarities. Does that get in the way of being thrilled for the band's ridiculously hummable, air guitar-worthy return? Not at all. Avoid if you hate: Fun, summer, driving with the windows down and the...