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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Morrissey's streak of shows continues, Go Glasvegas!
Friday, April 3, 2009
While Morrissey grew increasingly reclusive throughout his post-Smiths years, the former front man truly came out of his shell during the late 2000s. Years of Refusal (Lost Highway/Attack) marks his third studio CD in that relatively short time frame and completes the trifecta of comeback collections that put Moz back on the map as one of Britain's most influential entertainers. Between cuts from the current collection, plus past solo and Smiths staples, this could quite possibly be the best concert of the year thus far. (Bet your life - Friday at Eagles Ballroom- Milwaukee, WI and Saturday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Credit is to be given where its due for Lifehouse's tireless work ethic on tour, which most recently including a Chicago Theatre Christmas concert with Sarah McLachlan. For its first area show of '09, the modern rockers roll the dice across the state line promising a hit heavy set list full of bristling radio cuts like "Hanging By a Moment," "Spin" and "First Time." Sans some sappy ballads, the band is known for adding fuel to its alternative fire on stage and promises a sing-a-long from start to finish. (Worth a shot - Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino- Michigan City, Indiana: www.ticketmaster.com).
Though brand new to American audiences, Glasvegas has already been buzzing throughout Europe, thanks to the chart-topping single "Geraldine" and its follow-up "Daddy's Gone," plus a Philip Hall Radar Award at the 2008 NME Awards. Another major component of Glasvegas' Stateside infiltration is dropping its self-titled debut disc on Columbia Records, which finally hit stores in early January after having been available internationally since September of last year. The disc is loaded with stadium filling riffs, gigantic choruses, a sophisticated lyrical framework and plenty of pub-worthy sing-a-longs. (Bet your life - Monday at The Bottom Lounge- Chicago, IL: www.bottomlounge.com).
Street Week: Filter compiled, Nicks and Cohen on CD/DVD
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Stevie Nicks "Soundstage" concert as first reviewed on these very pages in 2007 finally hits CD and DVD. The audio installment is titled The Soundstage Sessions (Reprise) and features solo smashes like "Stand Back" and "If Anyone Falls In Love," alongside Fleetwood Mac's "Sara" and the Dave Matthews Band cover "Crash." The DVD dubbed Live In Chicago (Reprise) gives fans a fleshed out version of the show as compared to the original PBS television broadcast, capturing the rock n' roll diva in crystal clear high definition.
Even though Leonard Cohen is one of the most celebrated underground songwriters of all time, he's perhaps best known for penning the immortal anthem "Hallelujah," perhaps made even more famous by its predecessor Jeff Buckley. But no matter if it's the cover version or the original, the song is one of the most chilling and moving ballads in rock history and it's slated to make a pair of new appearances on two new Cohen projects. Live In London (Sony) hits streets this week on CD and DVD chronicling the singer/songwriter's most recent tour and also features career chestnuts "Suzanne," "The Stranger Song" and "Bird On the Wire."
Between 1995-2008, Chicago's hard rock act Filter released four studio CDs, appeared on a variety of soundtracks and compilations, plus charted on several occasions across the rowdy and raucous trip. The Very Best Things (out March 31 on Reprise/Rhino) finally compiles all of the above in a one stop shop for everything essential relating to the Richard Patrick-led outfit. The set list includes the scalding "Hey Man Nice Shot," followed by other monster radio smashes "Welcome to the Fold," "Take a Picture" and "Where Do We Go From Here."
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