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August 30, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye Sound Board
0.5 stars (out of four) Matchbox Twenty (or Matchbox 20 as they previously were known) fall into a very specific category of late-'90s nostalgia that also houses Third Eye Blind (still LOVE) and Train (horrifying). I figured Rob Thomas 'n' the gang would fall somewhere in the middle with their first full album of new material in a decade … oh, how wrong I was. Is Matchbox Twenty kind of terrible now? Or am I just not 14 anymore? Here's my track-by-track, knee-jerk analysis.
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February 6, 2012
Chicago rockers Nonagon answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? We never phone it in. Our set is filled with inventive, loud, short, tight songs that hold your attention. We play them with conviction and considerable energy. Describe your sound in five words or less. Loud, choppy hooks with dissonance. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
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May 30, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
***1/2 (out of four) If Japandroids' raw, spectacular smash-and-grab 2009 debut “Post-Nothing” sounded like a guitarist and drummer cranking out an album before the world exploded, the Vancouver rockers' sophomore record “Celebration Rock” sounds like a band truly enjoying a last hurrah before it's over. It's not so much “Let's show that apocalypse what we think of it!” as “If it's all over tomorrow, we know we made the most of tonight.” And it's an epic, focused soundtrack to memories.
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February 27, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**1/2 (out of four) The French dance music scene that gave us Daft Punk, Justice and the late DJ Mehdi has also produced a lot of lesser names that weren't worth your time and effort. For a long time, producer/DJ Kavinsky was one of them. He released the usual scattered remixes--mostly music to buy chinos to. That changed with his song "Nightcall," whose inclusion in the opening credits of the Ryan Gosling film "Drive" rocketed Kavinsky back into popular conversation. On the heels of that success, he releases "Outrun," his first full-length album and a record that's so '80s it hurts.
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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 full-length out on RCA by the end of 2014.
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July 5, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The Mynabirds singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn doesn't believe in guilty pleasures. She has her opinions, and she's not ashamed. On that note, she says with a laugh: Her favorite movie is “The Neverending Story.” “It's been my favorite ever since I was a kid,” says the 32-year-old singer. “I had a crush on Atreyu as a kid. I think the idea that one person can go out and try to save the world from the nothing is a really amazing lesson for kids to be taught. And it's something I think that still really resonates with me.” Burhenn may not be trying to save the world, but she's certainly taking action.
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January 2, 2012 | By Luis Gomez, RedEye
The temperature was in the 30s Saturday evening in downtown Chicago, but you wouldn't know it from looking at Lee DeWyze. The former "American Idol" winner and Mount Prospect native was wearing flip-flops and a black t-shirt while smoking a cigarette outside the Hard Rock Hotel, where he later performed three songs with The Gold Coast All-Stars at the "Starry New Year's Eve" party. "They have heat lamps," said DeWyze when I questioned the decision. The 25-year-old singer now lives in the L.A.-area – where flip flops and a t-shirt in late-December is more common.
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April 24, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
Near the close of Youngblood Hawke's debut album, "Wake Up," frontman Sam Martin sings, "You don't get a second chance to make the same mistakes. " Yet a second chance is exactly what Martin has been given. Prior to forming the Los Angeles-based sextet, the singer and his bandmate Simon Katz spent six years grinding away in Iglu & Hartly, a California-by-way-of-Colorado rock band that scored a major label deal and briefly flirted with mainstream success before disintegrating in 2011.
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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 and her unusual first crush.
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December 13, 2011 | By Jason Steele and For RedEye
Let¹s take the TV time machine all the way back to May 19, 2009, when Fox debuted a weird musical show about randy high school outcasts coming together to form a glee club. Those were the days. Even though "Glee" was a show about kids, it was not a show with kiddie themes. The stories addressed child molestation, a teacher planting drugs in a student's locker, homosexuality, disabilities, teen pregnancy, bullying--all set to a soundtrack of Journey songs. And that was just the pilot!
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