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  • Steve Aoki puts the show in EDM

    Steve Aoki puts the show in EDM
    Steve Aoki gets it. As EDM (electronic dance music) outgrows its roots in '70s and early '80s DJ culture and the notion of a musical tastemaker blending records on two turntables, it has become about spectacle. DJs and electronic artists are no longer content to sink into the shadows and let their music speak loudly for them. The reason EDM has turned into a multibillion-dollar industry around the world and exploded in North America in recent years is that DJs are now showmen, and no one does "show" quite like Aoki.
  • RedEye's guide to Printers Row Lit Fest

    RedEye's guide to Printers Row Lit Fest
    There's nothing wrong with the usual summer fest trifecta of curb-sitting, head-bobbing and beer-sipping, but if you're craving a little more substance, mark your calendar for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, held June 7 and 8 in the blocks...

    Neil Young delivers a vibrant, lo-fi left turn

    Neil Young delivers a vibrant, lo-fi left turn
    'A Letter Home' Neil Young (Third Man Records/Reprise) 3 stars Neil Young subtitled his 2012 memoir "A Hippy Dream," but he's also a punk rocker at heart in the way he magnifies his eccentricities, amplifies his weirdness, follows his...

    Elaine Lui dissects the Celebrity Industrial Complex

    Elaine Lui dissects the Celebrity Industrial Complex
    Two weeks ago when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they were divorcing, many focused on the labored "conscious uncoupling" argot used in their announcement, which was posted on Paltrow's lifestyle website goop.com. Elaine Lui, the...

    Lydia Loveless turns frustration into songwriting gold

    Lydia Loveless turns frustration into songwriting gold
    The most difficult album to make just might be the one where the artist knows people will be paying attention. After one obscure release and a second album that brought her a wave of acclaim, Lydia Loveless met the challenge earlier this year on her third...