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By Andy Argyrakis
The Pretenders Weekend Report: Return of The Pretenders, Mardi Gras in the Windy City
Friday, February 13, 2009

When The Pretenders make a red hot record, chances are the tour will be just as explosive. However, when Chrissie Hynde and company's trip to the studio isn't as exiting, the subsequent concert could be a toss up. Last fall's independent offering Break Up the Concrete isn't exactly a firecracker like the now classic Learning To Crawl, but it isn't as bad as say 2002's Loose Screw. At the very least, punk-inspired smashes like "Back On the Chain Gang" and "Brass In Pocket" should connect with intensity. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL plus Tuesday and Wednesday at Northern Lights Theater - Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

With the bitter cold of the Windy City winters, the idea of a New Orleans vacation is all the more appealing. While Jazz & Heritage Festival won't kick off until April, a sliver of the Crescent City makes its way to the Midwest via living legends Dr. John and The Neville Brothers. The blockbuster double bill is part of a free WXRT promotion called Mardi Gras Mambo,Lyle Lovet but tickets are required to enter and can only be obtained by listening to the station. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Cubby Bear - Chicago, IL: www.wxrt.com).

In the case of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, no new albums are on tap anytime soon, but that doesn't mean the set list will be stale by any means. Both troubadours are known to pull an alt-country offering out of a hat on a whim, cover something unexpected or even collaborate through a series of self-penned songs. Add in the intimate environment of the acoustically pristine venue, and it's a match made in singer/songwriter heaven. (Bet your life - Wednesday at Rialto Square Theatre - Joliet, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Jakob Dylan Street Week: Holly remembered, NCIS compiled
Monday, February 9, 2009

Most TV show soundtracks merely feature songs already featured in a show, but in the case of the double disc behind NCIS (CBS Records), it's a continuation of previously featured tunes and brand new songs from upcoming episodes. Bob Dylan leads the cast list with star power, alongside his son Jakob Dylan, Oasis, Seether, Blue October and Dashboard Confessional to name a mere few. Also keep an eye out for bluesy singer/songwriter Keaton Simons, who recently released a solo CD on that very same label.

Fifty years have passed since Buddy Holly died tragically in a plane crash, but his legacy continues to burn brighter than before. Besides an autobiographical musical and a series of tribute concerts, the anniversary Buddy Hollyis also punctuated by a remastered career retrospective. Memorial Collection (Geffen) complies classic hits and top tracks chronicling one of rock n' rolls true pioneers.

She may not have embarked upon the downward spiral of Amy Winehouse (at least not yet), but then again, the like-minded Lily Allen was never quite as popular as that soulful pop star. However, the sassy singer is hoping that will change on her sophomore CD It's Not Me, It's You (Capitol), which comes on the heels of 2007's Alright, Still. The new disc finds Allen reuniting with previous producer Greg Kurstin, who just scored a credit with Blue Note band The Bird and the Bee.

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