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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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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Andy Downing and RedEye
Chicago rapper St. Millie isn't shy about revealing his innermost thoughts to both friends and journalists alike. "This is my first big interview, by the way," he admitted in a recent phone interview, "So I'm a little nervous. " Born Milton McKinney III 21 years ago, the rapper is similarly unguarded on his debut mixtape, "No Religion but Up," a soulful effort packed with songs that touch on everything from Chicago gun violence ("Hello") to his mother's struggles with drug addiction ("Dear Moms")
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
*** (out of four) On 2009's “Brand New Eyes,” Paramore singer Hayley Williams couldn't believe the Tennessee outfit was still a band. On the record, which had its moments but often failed to excite like breakout predecessor “Riot!,” Williams sang about what it takes to stay together and the perspective that comes from being a hugely popular group. Two of Paramore's founding members since have departed, and the band now soldiers on as a trio for their self-titled new album, an effort to start fresh and do things the way Paramore 2.0 sees fit. Williams still leads the charge, while songs like the excellent “Still Into You,” the heartfelt “Daydreaming” and the huge, echoing “Now” command as much as Paramore ever did. Over 17 tracks, though - three of those are interludes, featuring just a ukulele and Williams singing about moving on - Paramore stretches out, coming off like a few different bands.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
February 27, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
This just in from Canada: The Vancouver Canucks held an online contest to pick the song the team skates out to before the game (Japandroids beat out Nickelback). C'mon, we all know Chicago never takes a backset to Vancouver. These blood-pumping tunes are guaranteed to get Chicago crowds amped from the start. . Cubs "Riding The Storm Out," REO Speedwagon I almost suggested "L's Anthem" by Lil' Durk, honestly, both for local ties and the fact the Cubs see a lot of "L"s over the course of the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 song doesn't mess around.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Shakespeare: For me, Shakespeare brings to me a sense of the sonnet and innovation in the sonnet--and that's what John Berryman also brings to me. Lil Wayne: I listen to Lil Wayne and try to learn from him to see what he's doing in terms of rhymes and rhyme structure. Lil Wayne is very post-modern--that's why I also love Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang moves associatively through their songs in a very post-modern way. Their language play is some of the best you'll see. Lil Wayne brings to me a sense of rhyme structure, metaphor-making and fresh metaphors that I think, ultimately, produce reactions in people.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
*Editor's note: This column originally was published Dec. 4, 2011. As a person who thinks all organized religions have been a net "bad" for human civilization, I gotta say, I still really enjoy Christmas. You get days off work, you get to see your family, your friends, there's good food, alcoholic eggnog, presents, the lights are pretty and tend to put women in an amorous mood - don't ask me why. Therefore, I'm anti-"War on Christmas. " But I'm pro-"War on Christmas Music. " There's not really a way to sugarcoat this, but people who like Christmas music are morons.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
Listening to Sharon Van Etten's music, you'd never guess she has a difficult time showing vulnerability. The Jersey-born singer-songwriter's albums are uniformly confessional, steeped in heartache, longing and regret. Listening to battered tunes like "Joke or a Lie" can feel a bit like overhearing a private conversation. Yet in the newly revamped liner notes for Van Etten's stunning third album "Tramp," which first surfaced earlier this year and was recently reissued in a deluxe edition that includes demo versions of each song, she writes that learning to show vulnerability remains an ongoing struggle.
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