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By Andy Argyrakis
Family Force 5 Weekend Report: Can Allen overpower Winehouse?, Alternative Press throws a party
Friday, April 10, 2009

Between the group's constant change-up of costumes, its giant drum machine (the Family Force 5000) and an unshakably infectious dance floor appeal, indie rockers Family Force 5 are the primary pick in catching this year's Alternative Press Tour. In addition to that endless stream of energy, expect high octane sets from other up and comers, including 3OH!3, A Rocket To The Moon, Hit The Lights and The Maine. (Bet your life - Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL and Sunday at The Rave Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

Putting commercial pop/rockers All-American Rejects next to dance/industrial rockers Shiny Toy Guns on the same bill isn't exactly fair to those openers. The mall punk crowd for the headliners probably won't understand its sophisticated club leanings, while older audiences won't likely want to stick around for the annoying cries of the Rejects' staple "Move Along." But an appearance by former The Early November front man Ace Enders and a Million Different People adds some additional incentive to come even earlier and only stickLily Allen around if the Rejects float your boat. (Worth a shot - Saturday at The Rave Eagles Ballroom- Milwaukee, WI and Wednesday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Now that Amy Winehouse is pretty much out of the picture (aside from tabloid reports), Duffy and Lily Allen are the only contenders left for her short-lived throne. The latter singer/songwriter hits the road in support of her sophomore CD It's Not Me, It's You (Capitol), which is just as peppy as it is quirky in the current alternative pop spectrum. Thus far she's found a few hits with "The Fear" and "Not Fair" from the album, but the jury's still out on her level to last beyond a fad. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Neil Young Street Week: Doves' semi dud, New Neil Young
Monday, April 6, 2009

Even if Neil Young was a product of the psychedelic movement, he remains socially conscious through today. His latest CD of new material Fork In the Road (Reprise) tackles the issue of eco-friendly automobiles and pushing for hybrid technology to be embraced by the entire American population. But Young isn't just talking the talk; he's putting his money where his mouth is and plans to drive to Washington in a converted 1959 Lincoln Continental Young to prove the point.

With four years between albums and a label switch, one would expect the Doves' fourth studio CD to be well worth the wait. Though the generally innovate British rockers have yet to make a bad album, Kingdom of Rust (Astralwerks/Heavenly Recording) is a letdown given the length between projects and some bizarre decisions along the way (like the Steve Miller Band-inspired "Jetsteam"). But the Doves do soar on some tracks, such as the atmospheric build-up of "Lifelines" and the lush "Spellbound," suggesting there's still some life in the Manchester trio even if Kingdom of Rust takes a step backward.

There's something immediately unappealing about a classic band changing its singer, but these days membership shifts are standard practice. However in the case of Foreigner, Dovesoriginal front man Lou Gramm has gone solo yet again and he's doing so with a much weaker voice than his heyday with the '70s and '80s hit makers. That being said, we'll let bassist/co-founder Mick Jones off the hook for calling upon new partner in melodic rock mayhem Kelly Hansen and picking up right where the 70 million album sellers left off. Though the Soundstage Live (E1 Entertainment) special was previously broadcast on PBS, the DVD installment features six songs not included on the airing. Album cuts like "Long, Long Way From Home" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day," coupled with the booming "Urgent," add additional aggression to the set list, all anchored by the pummeling beats of Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham).

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