| Apr 18, 2012
| 2:19 PM
While some bands may say that their image or sound makes them different from others, Golden Afternoon has another idea about what sets them apart.
"We're weird," Elizabeth Messick (vocals) said about her band, four of whose five members are from...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:49 PM
Chicago rockers Audiences answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire. Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye!
What makes your live show great?
All the smiling. First it takes over the stage, and then it takes over the crowd.
Describe your sound...
| Oct 2, 2011
| 7:51 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
“All aboard,” Tom Waits hollers at the outset of his 17th studio album, “Bad as Me” (Anti).
It’s an invitation to a typically wild ride through the nether regions of Waits’ subconscious, a...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Dmitry Samarov, like Travis Bickle, is God's lonely man, cruising the streets of Chicago, watching for your arm to shoot out and beckon him, taking note of the odd, offhanded things you say after you climb into his cab.
He is a taxi driver, and with...
| Oct 9, 2011
| 3:04 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
What’s Bjork going on about now? The Icelandic singer transforms herself into the world’s wiggiest science teacher amid the ultra-ambitious, sometimes lovely, more often ponderous or precious “Biophilia”...
| Oct 12, 2011
Robert Boochever, a judge who honed his legal skills in the wilds of pre-statehood Alaska before his elevation to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 94.
Boochever died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena on Sunday, the court...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 5:59 PM
Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete's Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, actor and note taker, will offer the following similes and metaphors, seemingly at random though...
| Oct 23, 2011
| 12:39 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
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...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 6:14 PM
Literary fisticuffs abound at Write Club, where opponents duke it out with lightning-fast essays on pre-assigned, opposing topics. But is it really literature as blood sport?
"The stakes are real," says founder and self-proclaimed overlord Ian Belknap....
| Mar 27, 2013
| 5:31 PM
Growing up, Dallas-born, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose initially rebelled against her country roots. Well, maybe "rebellion" is too strong a term.
"As a teenager I'd tell my parents, 'I'm going to play in a punk club and y'all stay...
| Oct 15, 2012
Regina Spektor has performed in Chicago numerous times, including a Lollapalooza stint in 2007, but while she’s in town you won’t find her at the clubs favored by the Rihanna-Katy Perry-Ke$ha set. Instead, before her performance Wednesday at...