Did you catch the Billboard Music Awards last night? If not, you missed the usual. Pop artists dressing weird, someone being faux-controversial, and Chris Brown getting yet another chance to remind you that there are still people who actually like and support him.MORE>>
Immediately when the Riot Fest lineup was announced Wednesday night, many noted how this year's bash (Sept. 13-15 in Humboldt Park) ranks among the summer's best music fests. It's easily better than the underwhelming Lolla lineup and deserves to be discussed against an unusually strong Pitchfork roster. Here are 15 reasons (in alphabetical order) this year's Riot Fest roster, well, rocks.MORE>>
Sure, everyone knows about Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, the twin pillars of Chicago's summer festival scene. But there are a number of smaller events beyond the Big Two that attract a plethora of worthwhile artists to the city's streets and parks. Here are 15 of the best acts you can catch this summer. --By Andy Downing for RedEyeMORE>>
A packed House of Blues crowd cheered on The Addies, DVS Jackson, Esq., Michele McGuire and whysowhite, with McGuire narrowly winning the Rock 'n' Vote title by just 2 percent of the vote. A headlining set from Maps & Atlases closed out a great night. See you next year!
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The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule’s stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely.MORE>>
For its second year as an outdoor music fest (and carnival) in Humboldt Park, Riot Fest has reeled in some major acts to play Humboldt Park at the end of the summer (Sept. 13-15).MORE>>
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American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the so...
American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the song "Rescue Me," died in St. Louis. She was 72.