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October 2, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
**** (out of 4) Danny Brown, by all accounts, is a very smart man. After the runaway success of his go-for-broke 2011 free album “XXX,” he quickly joined the ranks of rap's hottest new acts and became a festival mainstay. On this, his first “official release,” he completely throws caution to the wind and delivers one of the more entertaining projects in recent memory.  See, the man made a concept project that deviates from the boring-ass “this is all related to one thing” concept-record narrative.
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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. Louis years ago)
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September 20, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
This song is a smash. Strong looks for two locals on the biggest game...ever? Also featuring Problem from Los Angeles...I mean Los Santos.     Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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September 9, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
It's a flashback to the golden age of 1970s workplace sitcoms: In a desperate attempt to save their failing Chicago music studio, two brothers, Gary and Felix, resort to luring naive - and terrible - would-be songwriters into hiring the studio to record their "song poems. " This is the premise of "B-Side Studio," a four-episode serial sitcom created collaboratively by two young yet prominent Chicago theater companies, The New Colony and The Inconvenience. While each episode is designed to stand alone, the performances are also filmed to air online the following Monday.
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July 23, 2013 | By Adam Lukach and For RedEye
When Jay Z and Justin Timberlake announced their “Legends of the Summer” stadium tour in February, it seemed like a shrewd business decision--putting arguably the commercial kings of hip-hop and pop/R&B together for a short, expensive tour. It suddenly gave another meaning to "being on their 'suit and tie' [bleep]" too: They were not just hobnobbing musicians in black ties by night but savvy brand managers in sharp business suits by day.   The tour predictably has been an insane success, garnering both sellouts and critical praise, and Monday night at Soldier Field was just as huge.
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July 18, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins and Dana Moran and RedEye
Ah, Pitchfork weekend! The usual joy that only comes with standing among a sea of "cool dads" and guys in Superchunk shirts (that Venn diagram isn't as wide as you might think) is on illegal steroids this year with the anticipation of R. Kelly's performance Sunday night. Some may scoff, but Kells has been dispensing all kinds of knowledge throughout his career. The man's got GEMS, people. Here's some situations you might find yourself in with R. Kelly songs that you should listen to solve them.
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July 15, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Now that we're firmly ensconced in the fiery hell that is July in Chicago, you're going to have to make a couple of tough decisions: Drink of Summer and Song of Summer. Because you're probably still wringing out your liver from last weekend, we'll address that second one first. Right now, Billboard's Song of Summer chart is a fierce battle between Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky. " But right now, we'd like to take a trip back to summers past and check on how some other songs of summer have held up. 1995 "Waterfalls," TLC Staying power: 4 I was 10 when this came out, and it'll stay forever young.
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June 27, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) At last, Salt-N-Pepa's “Let's Talk About Sex” has been sung the way it was meant to be performed: by a group of randy, British senior citizens. There's nothing wrong with that community acknowledging the aspects of their lives that aren't often discussed. However, the characters in the painfully cutesy “Unfinished Song” don't talk about sex. They just sing and giggle about it, and writer-director Paul Andrew Williams treats the subject matter with no more maturity or honesty than the people who supposedly assume that libidos have no place in the twilight years.
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June 26, 2013 | By Lindsey Romain, @lindseyromain and RedEye
I take pride in my ability to sit down and waste my life in front of my TV, but I did something recently even my deprived mind feels ashamed about: I watched "Pretty Wild. " Every last despicable second. Here's a rundown for those unfamiliar: "Pretty Wild" is an E! "reality" show about three vapid L.A. sisters and their crazy, pug-eyed mother. Alexis, the middle child and the show's main squeeze, is the center of attention because her personality is a black hole of awfulness and because she was involved in the Bling Ring, that group of bored rich kids who stole stuff from celebs like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom.
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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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