| 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...
| 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,...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:21 PM
David Byrne's lyrics, especially in his early days with Talking Heads, put even the most mundane human behavior underneath a magnifying glass to reveal all its wonder and strangeness.
He was the "anthropologist from Mars," instantly staking out a place...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...
| 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...
| Sep 2, 2012
John Cage's ideas have long inspired artists inside and outside the experimental music subculture. Besides new-music figures considered disciples or associates — Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and David Tudor, for example — he...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:36 PM
When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues.
Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
| Jul 7, 2011
There's something about Compton and rap. Always has been -- since the days when Alonzo Williams conscripted a sequin-suited Dr. Dre into the World Class Wreckin' Cru. Despite not being a part of Los Angeles proper, the incorporated city in......
| Jul 13, 2011
The son of Fela Kuti follows his father's legacy in fiery form with a signature mix of taut Afrobeat and socially conscious lyrics....
| Jul 15, 2011
Pollyn "How Small We Are" from Pollyn on Vimeo. It's been a banner year for Brian Eno. His latest record, "Drums Between the Bells," has been praised and he co-produced the stellar Seun Kuti record. Moreover, the music he made......
| Jul 15, 2011
Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 @ California Plaza. The youngest son of revolutionary Afrobeat artist Fela Kuti, the twentysomething Seun has taken the reins of his father's powerhouse band and set the controls for the same politically and rhythmically.......