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October 31, 2012 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye intern
*** (out of 4) Kids these days. They spend so much time on that Internet, digesting overwhelming amounts of information, destroying their attention spans. It's a wonder they can ever synthesize it into anything useful, am I right? Chicago's Kids These Days, an 8-piece musical collective, personifies the expansiveness and availability of music on the Internet with a horn section, piano and a rapper as the main vocalist. The group took home the grand prize at the Congress Theatre's Next Big Thing competition in 2009 and has since gone on to play SXSW, Summerfest, and the local crown jewel, Lollapalooza.
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October 15, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye Sound Board
Regina Spektor has performed in Chicago numerous times, including a Lollapalooza stint in 2007, but while she's in town you won't find her at the clubs favored by the Rihanna-Katy Perry-Ke$ha set. Instead, before her performance Wednesday at the Chicago Theatre, Spektor was most excited to spend time with an elderly family friend who ran the first fertility clinic in Russia. “Every time I go to Chicago, I always go to her house and we hang out, so I'm super excited about that,” she said by phone from New York last month ahead of a months-long tour to promote her latest album, “What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.” It's not difficult to see that Spektor, 32, doesn't much resemble the vast majority of female solo artists hitting the airwaves--though her songs have been featured on TV shows like “90210” and “Grey's Anatomy,” and in movies like “(500)
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September 17, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye Sound Board
***1/2 (out of 4) You're going to see a lot of flowery reviews for the first “crew” album from Kanye's G.O.O.D Music collective that mention things like “brash delivery.” I'm not going to do that. In order to properly encapsulate this undeniably great record, I'm going to tell you specifically what sucks and, far more significantly, what doesn't on “Cruel Summer.” What doesn't suck: •    Pusha T: On “Cruel Summer,” he proves that he's the Arn Anderson to Kanye's Ric Flair.
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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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August 20, 2012 | Andy Downing for RedEye
California Wives' full-length debut "Art History" is littered with song titles taken from cities both near ("Los Angeles") and far ("Tokyo"). According to frontman Jayson Kramer, however, the guitar rockers, who first got together in 2009, have yet to spend much time outside the Midwest. That's all set to change in the coming days as the group sets off in a newly purchased vehicle--dubbed the Silver Bullet Van in honor of Bob Seger's longtime backing crew--for a nationwide tour that will take them from Portland, Maine to San Francisco.
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August 8, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
For the longest time I had never heard the song " Call Me Maybe ", and I considered myself lucky for it. I even avoided all the music videos that were clogging the internet with cheerleaders lip-synching to the song . Then my streak of weeks living in blissful ignorance of the bubble-gum pop song that refuses to leave your head was broken when I heard it on the radio while stuck in traffic one day. Catchy tune, I'll admit, but easily forgettable as...
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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 is probably more in line with an act like R&B singer The-Dream, who, armed with a strong technical mastery of craft, is interested in figuring out the tiny elements that make songs work.
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July 5, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*1/2 (out of four) The concert documentary “Katy Perry: Part of Me” may appear fascinating to anyone who did not realize that pop stars sometimes don't wear makeup and that people experiencing relationship problems sometimes cry. It may also rivet those who remain oblivious to Perry's widely reported conservative Christian upbringing, which becomes a borderline non-issue in the film considering the lack of conflict between Perry's parents...
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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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May 31, 2012 | RedEye
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