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April 5, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Hey Chicago, what do you say? Do the Cubs need more songs to play? Sure fans belt out "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," a seventh-inning stretch tradition usually led by a celebrity singing off-key. And then there's the beloved anthem "Go, Cubs, Go" by Chicago folk singer Steve Goodman blaring when the Cubs claim victory at home and fans stumble out the ballpark. Well, turns out there's a boatload of other songs penned and recorded in honor of the lovable losers joining the likes of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder's "All the Way. " Just in time for the start of the season, a video that...
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May 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Soundboard
Kanye West debuted a new song "God Level" via a commercial that aired Saturday during the UEFA Champions League final.  The commercial - and new song - kicked off Adidas' "The Dream: All In Or Nothing" Wolrd Cup ad campaign. Now that Kanye West is #TeamAdidas (He signed a sponsorship deal with the brand after leaving Nike at the end of 2013.), we've been wondering when we were going to see his first collab with the brand. Turns out, it's a new song produced by West and Hudson Mohawke (TNGHT)
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April 26, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again, they say. Then try 58 more times and maybe write some songs about it too, they say. At least that's what they do if you're Logan Square's Sam Zelitch, who bombarded Patton Oswalt's Twitter account with tweet after tweet inviting him to attend 826 Chicago's Promi-con this weekend. Zelitch, 26, volunteers for 826Chi, a non-profit writing and tutoring center, and once the staff found out Oswalt was in town for the C2E2 convention, they set their sites on getting him to their prom, an annual event that always has a differnet theme.
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April 24, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins
These days, you might easily find yourself nodding your head before cheering on the Bulls at the United Center. The pregame groove is the handiwork of DJ Flipside. The Chicago native is actually the official music coordinator for the Bulls this season. RedEye chatted it up with him during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. "Official Music Coordinator" sounds like a pretty intense title. Yeah, This is the first year for this position so it's been fun so far. I actually work on the job with DJ Marquis and DJ Metro.
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February 4, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
*** (out of 4) Fall Out Boy has a new single, as you might have heard. The band announced both an album ("Save Rock and Roll") and a reunion Monday by making sure to point out that this is NOT a reunion because "we never broke up," as they say on their website. So yeah, just for the record. Like many FOB songs, it's weighed down by a terrible, wordy title "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up). " It opens with a blippy, Ke$ha-esque sample, a soaring background "WHOOOO--OOOOOAAAAAHHH" and some thumping drums--which is to say, this...
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July 10, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
***1/2 (out of four) Dirty Projectors songs don't generally work like regular songs. They clatter, contradict and undermine themselves. They are full of syncopation. They abruptly veer away from their own melodies. They bounce between fragmented sonic elements. Listening to Dirty Projectors (whose last proper studio record was 2009's fascinating “Bitte Orca”) can be a delicate undertaking: It seems like the songs could collapse at any moment. While their music scans as Brooklyn indie rock, the band's experimentalist bent...
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January 6, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins
Welcome to Cultural Exchange Fridays, where we learn more about different cultures and hold hands and smile..or something. Anyway, to kick it off I (with the supreme guidance of David Drake from the Fader and his own blog) have prepared a Spotify playlist of some of the biggest and most influential Southern Rap classics. These songs have inspired hundreds, kept butts shaking, and boomed through vintage Cadillacs and Buicks outfitted with subwoofers. The list is here , so subscribe and get it in yo speakers.
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April 17, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Former the Academy Is ... singer William Beckett releases his debut solo EP "Walk the Talk" today. The Barrington resident was kind enough to stop by the RedEye offices and perform an acoustic version of the first single, "Compromising Me," as well as sit down for an interview with yours truly. We'll leave you in suspense for our chat until closer to Beckett's May 29 show at Schubas. For now, enjoy a solid version of an excellent tune. OK, here's a small snippet of the interview to tide you over: On releasing a few songs at time (Beckett will release two...
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February 17, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
***1/2 (out of 4) Having limited exposure to previous work from Fun (an indie super-group comprising members of the Format, Anathallo and Steel Train), I showed up to the New York outfit's sophomore full-length merely expecting some fun indie pop. Receiving stadium-ready songs like “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae) and “One Foot,” both songs either currently or soon to be invading every commercial in the known universe, was a kick to the gut I didn't mind one bit. The title track has lush vocals from Nate Ruess and guitar play that recalls Paul...
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March 31, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
And I thought I picked a needle in a haystack when selecting J. Roddy Walston and the Business as my favorite show at Lollapalooza 2011. Clearly the needle has pricked some others. At a sold out Double Door Friday, the Baltimore boogie-rock quartet had a packed house singing along frequently--especially joining in on the band's fantastic "oohs" and "aahs" that anchor blistering songs that sometimes sound as if Kings of Leon indulged a Little Richard phase. In fact, Walston makes Richard's "Lucille" sound like an original, and, packed...
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February 27, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Teaming up with singer Pia Mia for a powerful futuristic tune, Chance the Rapper brings a staggered defiant verse to this Clams Casino-produced track off of the soundtrack for "Divergent" (out March 11, with the film itself being released on March 21.) This team-up seems odd at the beginning, but proves to be a quality match. The locally made film stars Shailene Woodley and is set in a futuristic Chicago in which society is divided into factions highlighting bravery, honesty and other attributes.
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February 14, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
*** (out of four stars) When an artist has an extraordinary voice, it can be difficult to sort great songs from OK songs sung beautifully. In the past few years I've continually returned to “Grown Unknown” by Lia Ices. Not only is her voice astonishing, but the complicated lyrics and thoughtful textures make the record soothing without becoming background music. It's a gorgeous, rewarding album that's more than just an awesome voice. That leads us to “Burn Your Fire For No Witness,” the breakout...
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January 14, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
An unaired "Glee" recording of "Seasons of Love" that features Cory Monteith found its way onto the Internet Monday night, six months after the actor's death. Montieth, who played New Directions singer Finn Hudson, died July 12 in Vancouver from an accidental drug overdose. He was 31. The song, from the Broadway play "Rent," popped up on a YouTube channel that a Fox spokesperson said Tuesday is not affiliated with the network or the show. She could not explain how the song was leaked.
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January 3, 2014 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
When Spencer Stout uploaded his marriage proposal to his boyfriend Dustin Reeser in September 2013, no one expected the video to go viral - least of all singer/songwriter Betty Who, whose single “Somebody Loves You” served as the soundtrack to the musical engagement.   “I saw it on a Thursday when it had maybe 300 [to] 400 views,” said Who, born Jessica Newham 22 years ago. “And then I saw it again Friday morning and it had a million views.”   The fast-rising Australian singer self-released her debut EP “The Movement” last April and expects her...
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December 8, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Channo's domination of 2013 continues with arguably his biggest look so far. None other than Justin Motherfriggin' Bieber calls on the Chicago MC to trade tales of girls they dig on the latest installment of Bieber's #MusicMondays series in "Confident. " Listen below and let us know what you think. Stream “Confident” below. If you dig it, it'll be available on iTunes Monday morning.   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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November 13, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Billboard reports: Lorde signed a $2.5 million deal with Songs Music Publishing on Nov. 7, her 17th birthday. The deal will include her EP "The Love Club," LP "Pure Heroine" and all upcoming recordings. Get the full story: billboard.com Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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April 8, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
**1/2 (out of four) In his self-titled 2011 debut album, James Blake was already beginning to pivot away from the purely electronic production that first got him noticed. A show-stopping cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case Of You” and a collaboration with fellow sentimentalist Bon Iver released later in 2011 made it clearest where he was headed. These days, Blake's production is crisper, more exciting and more widely celebrated than ever - Kanye and Drake are both fans - but his approach on his sophomore effort, “Overgrown,” is as much that of a singer-songwriter as of a producer.
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October 1, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
* 1/2 (out of 4 stars) There are only two consistent things about Nelly's career: He makes songs that will get stuck in your head and his albums are frustrating as hell to navigate. You'll get a few thumpers, a few sappy songs, some sort of attempt to reach out to a non-rap demographic and a whole lot of uninteresting fluff tailor-made for the sound of a year ago.  That trend doesn't change on his seventh (!!!!) studio album, “M.O.” Considering Nelly's history with baseball (he was a standout high school player and earned looks from Pittsburgh and St....
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November 12, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Someone under the name "ScratchetOA" posted a comedic rap song about everyone's favorite transit card nightmare to Soundcloud. Listen below to "V.E.N.T.R.A. " Personally, I'm hoping they can get that guy who raps at the Jackson stop on the remix. (NOTE: Song is SFW unless you're like Ned Flanders or something.)   Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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October 3, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Boy, as it turns out, is a girl. Actually, two of them: singer Valeska Steiner and bassist Sonja Glass.   The European pair (Steiner is of Swiss descent and Glass is German), who first met at a songwriting workshop in Hamburg, Germany, more than eight years ago, released their buzzworthy, folk-pop-leaning debut “Mutual Friends” Stateside earlier this year and recently embarked on its second U.S. tour.   By phone on a rare day off near Washington D.C., Steiner, 27, discussed the travels that influenced her songwriting, why she chooses to sing in English...
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