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By Andy Argyrakis
Ne-Yo Weekend Report: Jimmy's club run, R&B explosion
Friday, February 27, 2009

After appearing on the Grammy Awards during a tribute to The Four Tops, anyone who wasn't already familiar with Ne-Yo earned an explosive introduction. But to regular listeners of the R&B/soul genres, he's already scored a whole host of hits, alongside last fall's coveted opening slot on tour with Alicia Keys. These days, he's graduated to headlining status, bringing along neo-soul crooner Musiq Soulchild and former Maxwell tour mate Jazmine Sullivan. (Bet Your Life - Friday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Seeing Jimmy Eat World in a club as intimate as the revered Metro is a rare feat these days, which explains why it sold out in seconds. Those brave enough to show up in hopes of finding a scalped ticket may be in luck, but for those the less adventurous, there's always a personal spin of its latest CD Chase This Light (Interscope) or the classic Clarity (which celebrates its tenth anniversary with this very road outing). Jimmy Eat World In fact, those who choose their stereo over the show may be in for the better bargain, if only for the otherwise talented band's lackluster stage presence and members lacking even the slightest hint of star power. (Fan club only - Saturday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).

Since 1974, George Thorogood & the Destroyers have been churning out a lean blend of rock and blues with some of the most memorable riffs in history. Though its tours generally steer towards nostalgia over new material, there's nothing wrong with singing-a-long to standouts like "Bad to the Bone," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "I Drink Alone" and the group's signature cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love." (Worth a shot - Saturday at Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino- Michigan City, Indiana: www.ticketmaster.com).
Beck Street Week: Yes goes symphonic, War Child compilation
Monday, February 23, 2009

The War Child organization has frequently teamed up with popular recording artists to spread the word about its noble outreach to children affected by civil unrest. On the double disc collection War Child Presents Heroes (Astralwerks), several of today's most influential indie rockers cover classic songs from yesteryear. Take for instance's Beck's reworking of Bob Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat," Peaches' stab at Iggy Pop's "Search And Destroy" and Elbow's take on U2's "Running To Stand Still." Other artists include The Kooks, Hot Chip, Scissor Sisters, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Franz Ferdinand and TV and the Radio (who turn in David Bowie's title track).

After previously releasing in DVD format, Yes offers Symphonic Live (Eagle Records) as a CD set. The double disc collection was culled from its Magnification tour, though the set list touches on that 2001 album and plenty from the progressive rockers' back catalogue. Front man Jon Anderson soars throughout familiar songs like "Long Distance Runaround"Van Morrison and "I've Seen All Good People," while the band showcases its epic experimentation (joyously enhanced by the orchestral accompaniment) throughout "Close To the Edge," "Starship Trooper," "Roundabout" and many others.

An additional live album comes from Van Morrison this week recalling one of his most seminal works in its entirety. Astral Weeks: Live At the Hollywood Bowl (Listen To the Lion) was recorded last fall with the singer/songwriter tipping the scales at 63, but he still does a bang up job recalling the album's apexes, which include "Beside You," "The Way Young Lovers Do" and "Common One."

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