Riot Fest, like a fast-growing child, gets bigger every year. Organizers again are hosting weekend stops in Toronto and Denver in addition to Chicago's three-day extravaganza, which has been relocated to the larger, northern section of Humboldt Park. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, 10 acts will perform classic albums in their entirety, including Weezer ("The Blue Album"), Slayer ("Reign in Blood") and Naked Raygun ("Throb Throb"). Here are 15 acts we're excited to see, including five veterans, five reliables and five up-and-comers. --Andy Downing, for RedEye
Bring the boots and leave the umbrella at home for Riot Fest Friday.
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'The Boy Next Door' trailer dropped Monday, and we can't wait to see JLo in all her glory.
By Ernest Wilkins, Matt Pais and Dana Moran | RedEyeIf you've lived in Chicago longer than a week, you've heard about the Smashing Pumpkins discography and have been beaten over the head with how influential "Exile In Guyville" is. It's true, Chicago has crafted some amazingly inspirational bodies of music, but RedEye thought it was high time to advance the conversation about the best of the best firmly into this century. Our only requirement: The album had to come out after 1/1/2001. (BTW: We also thought the century started in 2000.)
'Songs of Innocence' features 11 new songs, and it's the Irish rock band's first studio album in five years.
"The Future’s Void," the latest album from EMA (born Erika M. Anderson in South Dakota), could pass as a critique of these modern times, with songs touching on issues of social media paranoia and privacy — subjects that have dominated headlines in recent weeks.
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In what might be the first music video from a major label act comprised solely of clips from Instagram's new time-lapse app Hyperlapse, Fall Out Boy debuts their new song "Centuries" with a scenic trip through Chicago.