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By Andy Argyrakis
Scott Weiland Weekend Report: It's Greek to me, Where's the Band?
Friday, January 30, 2009

If Stone Temple Pilots is back together, why is Scott Weiland recording solo CDs and touring on his own? It's a question only the textbook rock star could only answer and one his fans will have to ponder on a return trip through town following a December appearance at Q101's Twisted. In theory, the set list could feature STP hits, but then again, the singer did just release "Happy" In Galoshes (Softdrive). (Worth a shot - Friday at Pabst Theatre- Milwaukee, WI: www.pabsttheater.org).

Besides pop star George Michael and new age pianist Yanni, there aren't a ton of famous Greek musical imports, but that's all about to change thanks to the phenomenal club/pop stylings of Thanos Petrelis. After becoming a household name in his native country on "The Fame Country" in 2002, he's collaborated with the lauded likes of Peggy Zina and the red hot Despoina Vandi, while also touring intentionallyThrice (including sold out shows in America, Africa and Australia). The singer is currently gigging in support of his third CD Eimai Akomi Eleftheros, a tongue twister to pronounce perhaps, but a potent example of the country's top male talent. (Bet your life - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).

Where's The Band? isn't necessarily a new group, but rather a collective of singers from famous alt-rock/indie/emo acts. Expect solo acoustic performances from Dustin Kensue (of Thrice), Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Chris Conley (of Saves The Day) and Anthony Raneri (of Bayside), along with probable collaborations throughout the up close and personal evening. Considering these four guys normally have plugged-in instrumental backers, it will be a true test to what degree they can actually sing, but a rare experience nonetheless for those who like the original acts. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Subterranean- Chicago, IL: www.subt.net).
Bruce Springsteen Street Week: Franz forever, The Boss is back
Monday, January 26, 2009

Over his exhaustive career, Bruce Springsteen's been fairly prolific, though his songwriting speed seems to pick up with every stormy political season. Though the Bush years are finally over, The Boss talks about rebuilding visions on 2009's Working On a Dream (Columbia). The collection is stacked with twelve new tunes backed by the E Street Band, alongside famed producer Brendan O'Brien (marking his fourth collaboration with the troupe).

Anyone who mistakenly pegged Franz Ferdinand as the flavor of the day a few years back will be eating their words now that the Glasgow-based pop/punk/dance rockers are on album number three. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Epic)Franz Ferdinand finds the guys teaming with producer Dan Carey (Hot Chip, CSS), exploring additional angles of eletronica and themes of the nightlife. Thus far the lead single "Ulysses" is earning spins on alternative and underground radio, though it's only one of the infectious offerings across this adventurous endeavor.

A major DVD also lands in stores this week in the form of The Secret Policeman's Balls (Shout Factory). The triple disc box set chronicles five Amnesty International benefit concerts bridging the best of British comedy with rock n' roll. Beyond numerous "Monty Python" characters offering up hysterical skits, the collection includes collaborations between Kate Bush and David Gilmour, Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler, plus Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

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