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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: No thanks to Nickelback, Prine at his prime
Friday, March 6, 2009
Over the past 30-plus years, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has released over 30 albums and influenced everyone from Eagles to Alabama. The California-bred country rock outfit was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and continues to tour on a semi-regular basis. Though the set list changes depending on the evening, fan favorites like "Mr. Bojangles," "Bless The Broken Road" and "Long Hard Road" are practically guarantees. (Worth a Shot - Friday at Rialto Square Theatre- Joliet, IL: www.rialtosquare.com).
After being discovered by Kris Kristofferson, singer/songwriter John Prine rose to the top of the folk circuit alongside fellow local Steve Goodman. He may have never reached the household acclaim of Bob Dylan, but that legendary troubadour gave his personal stamp of approval over this top talent. In future years, everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Ben Harper to Dave Matthews and Tanya Tucker covered his classic 1971 track "Angel From Montgomery," which remains a concert staple to this day. (Bet your life - Saturday at Genesee Theatre- Waukegan, IL: www.geneseetheatre.com).
Modern day arena rockers are few and far between, but Nickelback has no problem selling that many seats thanks to a slew of radio-tailored singles. Unfortunately, the band is about as watered down as alternative rock can get with front man Chad Kroeger possessing one of the most annoying vocal gravels in industry history. The group's latest CD Dark Horse (Roadrunner) has already spawned four hits ensuring plenty of sing-a-longs, even if they all sound like formulaic cut and pastes from the band's previously recorded tracks. (Fan club only - Thursday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: Erasure remixed, U2 draws a line on the horizon
Monday, March 2, 2009
All eyes are on U2 this Tuesday for No Line On the Horizon (Interscope), which marks the group's first full-length studio CD in five years. It may not feel that long given the constant onslaught of products in between, but the band's been hard at work with celebrated producers Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite. Though the lead single "Get On Your Boots" is a disappointing dud, early MySpace streams of the CD indicate a flashback to 1991's acclaimed Achtung Baby.
It's certainly a stretch for progressive rockers Rush to put out a "best of" compiling tunes from the late '80s through today. But Retrospective 3 (1989-2008) on Atlantic completes the obligatory trilogy, tracing top tunes from recent albums,live tracks and even some much needed remixes of the previously muddy "One Little Victory" and "Earthshine." A bonus DVD with footage from that very era is probably the most appealing part of this otherwise superfluous package.
In between Erasure studio CDs, the dance duo usually releases an EP or live project. The same holds true with this week's Pop! Remixed (Mute), not a necessary edition to the group's catalogue, but a fun mash-up of past hits nonetheless. Expect to hear a fresh spin on ultra-famous club cuts like "Victim of Love," "A Little Respect," "Drama!" and "Freedom."
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