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Let's get loud: 15 acts that won't hold back at Riot Fest

Let's get loud: 15 acts that won't hold back at Riot Fest

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

Riot Fest essentials: Ponchos, boots for a rainy Friday

Riot Fest essentials: Ponchos, boots for a rainy Friday

Bring the boots and leave the umbrella at home for Riot Fest Friday.

How Jennifer Lopez banged her neighbor

How Jennifer Lopez banged her neighbor

'The Boy Next Door' trailer dropped Monday, and we can't wait to see JLo in all her glory.

The best Chicago albums of the 21st century

The best Chicago albums of the 21st century

By Ernest Wilkins, Matt Pais and Dana Moran | RedEye

If 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.)

U2 Releases New Album for Free on iTunes

U2 releases new album for free on iTunes

'Songs of Innocence' features 11 new songs, and it's the Irish rock band's first studio album in five years.

EMA takes her South Dakota roots indoors to social media

EMA takes her South Dakota roots indoors to social media

"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.

Fall Out Boy's 'Centuries' video is a hazy love letter to Chicago

Fall Out Boy's 'Centuries' video is a hazy love letter to Chicago

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.

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