| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:09 PM
“Simplethings” opens with fuzzed-out guitar chords, slow-tempoed and menacing but still seductive. The singer, Miguel, has a story to tell, but he doesn’t seem to be in too big of a hurry to get through it.
With deep echo that...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 12:30 PM
My kids' Halloween candy had barely gone stale before the first Christmas controversy roared into town, innocently enough in the form of a Hallmark ornament.
The greeting card giant, you may have heard, received flak for trying to be tooooo politically...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Sharp-tongued Simon Cowell arrived in the U.S. from Britain 12 years ago as the face of a show so powerful that competitors coined it the "Death Star" because it destroyed everything around it.
But Cowell's effort to follow "American Idol" with his...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:51 AM
"Life can change … in a heartbeat," "American Idol" reminded us Wednesday night as it kicked off a new season with a fresh batch of hopefuls, a greater focus on the positive (fewer prolonged looks at the cringe-inducingly untalented and delusional)...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Fox's "American Idol" was hoping to reverse its recent ratings trend as it kicked off its 13th season Wednesday night, but early indications are that it has a lot of work to do to reclaim some of its lost viewers.
According to preliminary national...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for "12...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 9:17 AM
Fox's long-running "American Idol" continued to show its age with the ratings from its season premiere Wednesday night.
The 13th season opener of "American Idol" drew an average 15.2 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 4.7 among key 18- to...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:37 AM
As expected, the second night of "American Idol's" 13th season premiere was down in the ratings from last year, though it was still the top-rated show of the night on the major broadcast networks.
Thursday night's "Idol" drew an average of 13.4-million...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:00 AM
One of the biggest albums of 2013 could have been made in the '70s or '80s.
The French duo Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" uses the funky disco guitars, airtight drums and analog synthesizers that soundtracked bygone eras of L.A. nightclub...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 6:57 PM
As a child, Rachel Thomas was fascinated with breaking things because she likes to, in her own words, “test boundaries.”
Recording and performing under the name KSRA, the 29-year-old Logan Square resident does the same with her genre-defying...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Gay media can’t seem to make up their minds about Chicago recently. Here, RedEye breaks down four recent rankings.
The ranking: OutTraveler.com, Incomparable Gay Neighborhood
Chicago’s spot: No. 1, Boystown
The methodology: Editors...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 11:25 AM
Mariah Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon, have put their home in Bel-Air up for sale at $12.995 million.
The gated three-acre property centers on a Hamptons-inspired mansion with canyon, city and reservoir views. The 11,750 square feet of interiors...