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May 30, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts for RedEye
Weather this gorgeous and we're suggesting you spend part of your night inside? Actually, yes. These seven theater companies aim to lure you indoors with new comedies, musicals and specialty shows, all of which kick off in June. And really, how can you pass up Power Rangers burlesque, Chicago-centric productions, asci-firock extravaganza, a revenge comedy, a five-program theater festival and a Shakespeare-Godfather mash-up? Space Invasion: An Epic Rock Benefit The Scooty & JoJo Show explodes onstage with scenes and songs from “Alien Queen,” their campy original rock opera parody of “Alien” films set to songs by rock band Queen - featuring a live band and 35-member choir - interspersed with sci-fi-themed burlesque sets from Battlestar Fantastica.
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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2012 | Andy Downing, For RedEye
Hollows kept things light on its self-titled debut, bashing through an array of catchy, summer-ready tunes steeped in '60s girl-group pop and melodic garage-rock. The hooks on the quintet's excellent sophomore album "Vulture" are still hummable, but the tunes themselves cut deeper with lyrics that touch on grown-up subjects like heartbreak and loss. In that regard, it's little surprise to hear singer/organist Maria Jenkins wrote many of the tunes while nursing a breakup and dealing with a family illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins | RedEye Sound Board
I blame Common for this. As far as tennis players entering the rap game, better her than Rafael Nadal right? No? Ok, i'll be over here. What do you think about the song? (from TMZ )   
ENTERTAINMENT
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 other EPs this year, in July and October)
SPORTS
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 popped up on YouTube on Monday and now has more than 6,000 views features Chicago artist Serengeti rapping about how fans shouldn't hold a grudge against Steve Bartman.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2012
Chicago rockers Color Card answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? All three of us play multiple instruments, so we fill up the sound really well. We see our recordings and live performances as separate entities, but we are writing in a direction that closes the gap between the two. Describe your sound in five words or less. Experimental, textured. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 between howling renditions of favorites like "Full Growing Man," "Brave Man's Death" and the blazing closer "Used to Did," new songs from a forthcoming album didn't lose a step from material off the band's self-titled record.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
What: The first single from the Philadelphia rockers' upcoming sophomore album "Love Sign. " The band's debut "Stuck on Nothing" was one of the most purely enjoyable records of 2010. Recommended if you like: Cowbell, singing along with choruses, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. " It's impossible not to hear the similiarities. Does that get in the way of being thrilled for the band's ridiculously hummable, air guitar-worthy return? Not at all. Avoid if you hate: Fun, summer, driving with the windows down and the music loud.
NEWS
March 5, 2012 | By Melinda McIntire, for RedEye
The guy who frequents Ukrainian Village coffee shop Atomix is much more than a guy named Phil. He's actually Phillip-Michael Scales, a Ukrainian Village resident and frontman of Briar Rabbit , a local Chicago act that recently dropped a new album, "The Great Routine," and is currently on tour throughout the Midwest.  Briar Rabbit's tour has made stops in college towns including Des Moines, Ames, Madison, Grand Rapids and Iowa City....
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