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May 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule's stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely. Still, there are a few bummers in the 2013 Lolla sked, announced Tuesday. Here are some thinkers with my suggestions. Fri. Queens of the Stone Age (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Chance the Rapper (6:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
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August 9, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
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 about his role on Buffy; what he loves about...
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November 29, 2011 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
It's not just the economy that's in a slump. Mainstream music also is in a recession. It used to be that I was always able to turn to the indie scene for fresh beats, bands, rhymes and guitar riffs. But with the Internet now largely replacing the experience of rummaging through racks of records at stores such as Dr. Wax and Reckless Records (thankfully, Reckless still is open), the floodgates have been opened for a litany of new material, a lot of which sucks. Yes, the rise of digital music distribution has given a voice to acts that, say, 10 years ago may never have had a chance to be heard.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule's stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely. Still, there are a few bummers in the 2013 Lolla sked, announced Tuesday. Here are some thinkers with my suggestions. Fri. Queens of the Stone Age (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Chance the Rapper (6:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
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.
SPORTS
November 29, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan @scottbolohan and For RedEye
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
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...
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January 10, 2013 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye
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.
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March 5, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 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?
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March 6, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
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...
SPORTS
November 29, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan @scottbolohan and For RedEye
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 similarly controversial Chicagoan who...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2011 | By Anthony Roberts, For RedEye
It's not just the economy that's in a slump. Mainstream music also is in a recession. It used to be that I was always able to turn to the indie scene for fresh beats, bands, rhymes and guitar riffs. But with the Internet now largely replacing the experience of rummaging through racks of records at stores such as Dr. Wax and Reckless Records (thankfully, Reckless still is open), the floodgates have been opened for a litany of new material, a lot of which sucks. Yes, the rise of digital music distribution has given a voice to acts that, say, 10 years ago may never have had...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
The wait is almost over: On March 4, 2012 RedEye Rock 'n' Vote winners The 92s will release their debut full-length, "Television Fuzz. " I'm excited, and you should be too. To hold you over, here's an exclusive premiere of the rockers' "Read My Mind," which offers a good taste of what the consistently catchy album has in store. Listen and enjoy!   Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U mpais@tribune.com   Want more?
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March 13, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye Sound Board
All hail The Hives! The Swedish garage-rockers announced this week that their fifth studio album, "Lex Hives," will be released in June. As a huge fan of the wave of early-'00s garage rock groups with a "The" attached to their names (The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Vines), I couldn't help but check out the first single, "Go Right Ahead. " The verdict: Eh. I wouldn't have necessarily known what the chorus was if it wasn't also the title of the song. The rest of frontman Howlin' Pelle Almquist's (yes, that's his full title, thanks)
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