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By Andy Argyrakis
Fiction Family Weekend Report: The Killers attempt to conquer, Fiction Family's debut
Friday, January 16, 2009

The name Fiction Family may still be foreign to most music lovers, but its members are already well known from previous bands. The duo is comprised of Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek's multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins, a somewhat unlikely pair that met when their respective bands were on a bill with R.E.M. and Wilco. The group's self-titled debut disc hits streets Tuesday on ATO Records featuring twelve original tracks recorded at their home studios in San Diego. (Bet your life - Friday at The Union in Naperville, IL: www.nccunion.com).

Universal Republic's latest break out band Anberlin brings its tour behind New Surrender back to town, this time with an improved opening act pool. Madina Lake provides direct support, bringing its explosive stage show to club settings after last summer's amphitheatre trek withThe Killers Linkin Park. Between the Trees rounds out the bill with a mixture of indie rock and emo fresh off the Vans Warped Tour. (Worth a shot - Saturday at The Rave/Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI: www.therave.com).

When The Killers' second CD Sam's Town didn't catch wind likes its danceable debut Hot Fuss, the Las Vegas alt-rockers had to regroup. The resulting Day & Age (Island) attempts to reclaim the group's infectious glory and partially succeeds, though there are still shades of self-indulgence that critics lambasted the last time around. In concert, expect cuts from all three albums, plus possibly some rarities from 2007's odds and sods collection Sawdust. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at U.I.C Pavilion in Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Notorious B.I.G. Street Week: Indigos compiled, Notorious on soundtrack
Monday, January 12, 2009

One of 2009's hottest musical movies releases as a soundtrack this week in the form of Notorious (Atlantic). As implied by the title, the script does indeed tell the tale of late rap legend Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, but most regularly regarded as Biggie. Outside of smash singles like "Juicy" and "Hypnotize," the collection also features previously unreleased demos, plus tributes from several of today's hip-hop heroes.

In acoustic rock contexts, the Indigo Girls are amongst the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful of all time. The group's latest retrospective Playlist: The Very Best of the Indigo Girls (Sony Legacy) traces the ladies' prolific career, particularly radio staples like "Closer To Fine," "Galileo,"Indigo Girls "Fill It Up Again" and "Become You." Like others in the series, all the packaging is processed from recycled material, making the compilation as environmentally conscious as it is entertaining.

Guitar prodigy Derek Trucks takes a break from the Allman Brothers to deliver a new studio disc with his eponymously named band. Already Free (Columbia) features several originals (such as "Down Don't Bother Me" and "Get What You Deserve"), alongside a cover of Bob Dylan's "Down In The Flood." Special guests include his real life wife Susan Tedeschi and famed side man turned solo star Doyle Bramhall II (Roger Waters, Eric Clapton).

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