| Aug 5, 2011
| 1:18 PM
The first time Reggie Watts performed in Chicago, about five years ago, he sold 20 tickets. Chris Ritter, owner of the now-defunct Lakeshore Theater on Broadway, booked him on a tip from comedian Paul Provenza.
But faced with a nearly empty house,...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 12:39 PM
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In a recent interview, Tom Waits mentioned that while recording music, “You have to work with people that know when to trick you.”
Coldplay pays lip service to the element of surprise on its fifth studio album, “Mylo...
| Oct 29, 2011
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the...
| Nov 1, 2011
"The Velvet Underground's first album only sold 10,000 copies," Brian Eno's famous quote posits, "but everyone who bought it formed a band."
The Beach Boys were never remotely in the same universe of rock hipsterdom that the Velvets have long occupied,...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 12:01 PM
If you've gotten around to absorbing H-p1, the latest mind-expanding record by New York space-rock trio White Hills for the Thrill Jockey imprint, here’s some exciting news: in March, they'll release Frying on this Rock, a five-song LP recorded with...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 9:45 PM
Here are the most notable box sets of the season in rock and pop:
Beach Boys, “The Smile Sessions” (Capitol/EMI, $137): Review HERE.
Leonard Cohen, “The Complete Columbia Albums Collection” (Columbia/Legacy, $170): How much...
| Oct 16, 2011
The cristal baschet is one of the most beautiful musical instruments you will ever see, made of vibrating, tuned steel, fiberglass amplification cones and wire "whiskers" that shimmy when fingers rub the glass-rod keyboard. Film composer Cliff Martinez'...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Folksy Chicago rockers the Stolen Silver answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire. Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye!
What makes your live show great?
We're lucky to have six talented players in the group. Because the band members are split...
| May 20, 2011
| 7:37 AM
Mother’s Day, 1987. David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon, three young composers fresh out of Yale, stage a 12-hour marathon of new music at a gallery on lower Broadway in New York City.
Double bassist Robert Black participates. “I...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 11:35 AM
The queen of unusual beauty, Grace Jones, will be releasing her first US release in 22 years this September.
Hurricane was released in the UK and Europe back in 2009 (why do they always get the best things first?) and garnered rave reviews. I'm...
| Jul 31, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Writer-director Miranda July’s “The Future” is this year’s second movie to vocalize the thoughts of a pet (a cat named Paw Paw voiced by July). The first: a dog with audible opinions in “Beginners,” written and directed...