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May 13, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
 ***1/2 (out of four) Of course Vampire Weekend, those finely dressed Ivy Leaguers, were going to get the preciously assembled, wryly observant indie-pop thing right. Anything less would have been a betrayal of their promise when they first buttoned up their cardigans and told us to think of them as the band with the buttoned-up cardigans. Even as the band put out two extremely good albums that offered as much in the way of piercing emotional insight as in slyly deprecatory cultural references, there was no escaping the gimmick of being the clever, preppy and painstakingly...
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May 12, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (out of 4) I weep for The Bravery. I don't weep for Scissor Sisters. But I salute that, despite being a few years removed from its biggest hits, Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo remains a survivor of the mid-'00s wave of buzz bands. Look at the band's still-thriving schedule of fest appearances (including Lolla 2014) and the guests secured for the group's new album, “White Women”: Solange. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. Chazwick Bundick of Toro Y Moi. These are not artists looking to associate with a group that's washed up. Your next question is likely, “What does...
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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
On sale 10 a.m. Friday Gladys Knight, The Temptations Review, Friday, May 9 ($39.50-$90, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham, Saturday, May 31 ($24.50-$59.50, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Vampire Weekend, Thursday, June 5 ($39.50, all ages) at UIC Pavilion. On sale 11 a.m. Friday Lana Del Rey, Friday, May 16 ($45, all ages) at Aragon. On sale noon Friday Hey Champ, Sunday, May 4 ($12, 18+)
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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
On sale 10 a.m. Friday Gladys Knight, The Temptations Review, Friday, May 9 ($39.50-$90, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Leah Turner, Charlie Worsham, Saturday, May 31 ($24.50-$59.50, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Vampire Weekend, Thursday, June 5 ($39.50, all ages) at UIC Pavilion. On sale 11 a.m. Friday Lana Del Rey, Friday, May 16 ($45, all ages) at Aragon. On sale noon Friday Hey Champ, Sunday, May 4 ($12, 18+)
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March 8, 2012 | RedEye
Plan on heading to Union Park from July 13-15 to catch Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip and many of the other bands on the 2012 Pitchfork lineup ? If so, be sure to get in line for tickets, which go on sale at noon CST March 9. One-day passes will cost $45 and a limited amount of three-day passes will cost $110. Be sure to visit Pitchfork's website to buy tickets online.
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July 3, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
While three-day passes for the Pitchfork Music Festival2012 have sold out, music lovers everywhere will be able to tune in to the concert for free online. Pitchfork has announced that the festival will be streamed live on its YouTube page - http://www.youtube.com/pitchforktv . The concert is scheduled from July 13-15 at Union Park in Chicago and will feature musical guests such as Vampire Weekend, Feist, Beach House, Dirty Projectors and many others. Individual tickets are still available and can be purchased for $45 each at www.ticketweb.com .  For more...
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February 28, 2012 | By Matt Pais, Jessica Galliart and RedEye Sound Board
Mark your calendars, pack the sunscreen and start to cheer (either sincerely or sarcastically): Pitchfork is back. The annual Union Park fest returns July 13-15, organizers announced this morning, along with the first wave of acts appearing at the summer bash. Headliners include Vampire Weekend, Feist and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, with supporting turns from Hot Chip, Liturgy, Grimes and rising Chicagoan Willis Earl Beal. See all the announced bands here and get ready to buy tickets, on sale noon March 9....
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March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Well, that didn't take long. At 10 a.m. early-bird three-day passes ($200) went on sale for Lollapalooza 2013 (Aug. 2-4 in Grant Park), reportedly to be headlined by Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Vampire Weekend. Those tickets disappeared almost immediately, giving way to $235 three-day passes that were gone a few hours later. What to do, if you weren't one of the lucky few? Some VIP passes and other pricey options are still available at lollapalooza.com, and single-day tickets go on sale April 9--the same day the full lineup will be...
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May 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Before we talked about “Now You See Me” and more, Dave Franco and I talked music for a few minutes. Click here for our full interview (with video). You've spent a little time in Chicago at Lolla the last few years. What do you remember about those experiences? That's a good question. [Laughs] Foggy weekends? Yeah. I remember the weather being pretty damn good and walking away from this city and being like, “This is the greatest city on earth.” And my buddy who lives here he's like, “[Bleep]
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February 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
All hail the new monarch? On Friday, Lily Allen announced on "The Graham Norton Show" that she was going for broke and naming her next album "Sheezus. " (You know, like the Kanye album? Get it? GET IT? ) Instead of rolling our eyes and calling this the hackiest move since "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," we'd like to offer some alternate she-flavored album titles. (Wow, that sounds, um, intimate. Moving on...) "She Can't Be Stopped," Geto Boys "She The Best," DJ Khaled. " (Also: "She The Best Forever.
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February 21, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
All hail the new monarch? On Friday, Lily Allen announced on "The Graham Norton Show" that she was going for broke and naming her next album "Sheezus. " (You know, like the Kanye album? Get it? GET IT? ) Instead of rolling our eyes and calling this the hackiest move since "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," we'd like to offer some alternate she-flavored album titles. (Wow, that sounds, um, intimate. Moving on...) "She Can't Be Stopped," Geto Boys "She The Best," DJ Khaled. " (Also: "She The Best Forever.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Before we talked about “Now You See Me” and more, Dave Franco and I talked music for a few minutes. Click here for our full interview (with video). You've spent a little time in Chicago at Lolla the last few years. What do you remember about those experiences? That's a good question. [Laughs] Foggy weekends? Yeah. I remember the weather being pretty damn good and walking away from this city and being like, “This is the greatest city on earth.” And my buddy who lives here he's like, “[Bleep]
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2013 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
 ***1/2 (out of four) Of course Vampire Weekend, those finely dressed Ivy Leaguers, were going to get the preciously assembled, wryly observant indie-pop thing right. Anything less would have been a betrayal of their promise when they first buttoned up their cardigans and told us to think of them as the band with the buttoned-up cardigans. Even as the band put out two extremely good albums that offered as much in the way of piercing emotional insight as in slyly deprecatory cultural references, there was no escaping the gimmick of...
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May 9, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The question prompted by this year's remarkably underwhelming array of (repeat) Lolla headliners (including The Killers, Vampire Weekend and Mumford and Sons) was, “Where are all the headliner-caliber rock bands that have never played Lolla and, you know, are actually good?” At Thursday's sold-out Chicago Theatre show, Paramore had the answer. Tiny Hayley Williams is leading a giant revolution, shooting sweet darts into the hearts and lungs of fans that belt out every cathartic word.
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March 28, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
Sometimes the predictable revolving door of lousy pop culture deserves the eye rolls it generates. Unless you totally loved the latest “Die Hard” sequel? In many ways, though, the first three months of 2013's entertainment offerings have been consistently surprising and frequently awesome. Why? These 13 reasons. The best movie of the year so far stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens No, “Spring Breakers” didn't come from the team that makes Adam Sandler's annual garbage, but there was little reason to believe writer-director Harmony...
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March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
Well, that didn't take long. At 10 a.m. early-bird three-day passes ($200) went on sale for Lollapalooza 2013 (Aug. 2-4 in Grant Park), reportedly to be headlined by Mumford and Sons, The Killers and Vampire Weekend. Those tickets disappeared almost immediately, giving way to $235 three-day passes that were gone a few hours later. What to do, if you weren't one of the lucky few? Some VIP passes and other pricey options are still available at lollapalooza.com, and single-day tickets go on sale April 9--the same day the full lineup will be announced.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) When Peter (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius) walk blindfolded into a basement after giving up their valuables and being driven around in a van to mask their location, the couple appears to be entering a nightmare of “Human Centipede” proportions. That's virtually the highest-proportion nightmare you can have. Actually, these two aspiring documentary filmmakers have gone undercover to infiltrate a very low-budget cult in which the leader, Maggie (Winnetka native Brit Marling of “Another Earth”)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (out of 4) I weep for The Bravery. I don't weep for Scissor Sisters. But I salute that, despite being a few years removed from its biggest hits, Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo remains a survivor of the mid-'00s wave of buzz bands. Look at the band's still-thriving schedule of fest appearances (including Lolla 2014) and the guests secured for the group's new album, “White Women”: Solange. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. Chazwick Bundick of Toro Y Moi. These are not artists looking to associate with a group that's washed up. Your next...
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
While three-day passes for the Pitchfork Music Festival2012 have sold out, music lovers everywhere will be able to tune in to the concert for free online. Pitchfork has announced that the festival will be streamed live on its YouTube page - http://www.youtube.com/pitchforktv . The concert is scheduled from July 13-15 at Union Park in Chicago and will feature musical guests such as Vampire Weekend, Feist, Beach House, Dirty Projectors and many others. Individual tickets are still available and can be purchased for $45 each at www.ticketweb.com .  For more information on...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) When Peter (Christopher Denham) and his girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius) walk blindfolded into a basement after giving up their valuables and being driven around in a van to mask their location, the couple appears to be entering a nightmare of “Human Centipede” proportions. That's virtually the highest-proportion nightmare you can have. Actually, these two aspiring documentary filmmakers have gone undercover to infiltrate a very low-budget cult in which the leader, Maggie (Winnetka native Brit Marling of “Another Earth”)
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