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By Andy Argyrakis
Fall Out Boy Weekend Report: Springsteen's post Super Bowl show, Fall Out Boy fun
Friday, May 8, 2009

Fall Out Boy never has any trouble selling tickets in Chicago, so it's no wonder why the famed pop/punkers have since graduated to arena levels (at least locally). Besides fan fervency, it doesn't hurt that the bill is stacked with a series of like-minded up and comers, including Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Metro Station and Hey Monday. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

After recently headlining New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival, James Taylor makes a rare theatre appearance to coast through his soft-spoken hits. Though he hasn't released an original studio album in ages, it's hard not to sing-a-long as he croons alongside folk/pop classics like "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend," The Boss"Your Smiling Face" and "Sweet Baby James." (Worth a shot - Saturday at Milwaukee Theatre- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

When Bruce Springsteen strutted alongside the E Street Band at the Super Bowl, the entire world watched and sang along to the golden oldies. But when it came time for a new tune, the on screen audience looked visibly depleted and reviews of his latest record Working On a Dream (Columbia) were just as lackluster. Of course, The Boss can command a concert stage like no other, but with set lists indicating a bulk of new tunes, one can't help but wonder if it would be best to save some dough and simply rent his hit-heavy 2001 DVD Live In New York City. (Fan club only - Tuesday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The New York Dolls Street Week: Cracker comeback, New York Dolls deliver
Monday, May 4, 2009

The members may have changed over the years, but The New York Dolls career has clearly come full circle on 'Cause I Sez So (Atco). The project reunites the David Johansen-led punk rockers with producer Todd Rundgren, who was also the man behind the boards of its groundbreaking 1973 debut. Comprised of a dozen tunes, the album features the title track as the lead single, plus a re-working of "Trash" off its inaugural album.

With a consistent presence on the road and the radio, Cracker is one of alternative rock's most enduring acts. Though the group that rose out of Camper Van Beethoven's ashes has waited three years in between studio albums, The New York DollsSunrise In the Land of Milk and Honey (429 Records) finds the gang at a productive peak. Outside of core members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, the project features several guest stars including Adam Duritz, John Doe and Patterson Hood.

Taking a break from recording with The Innocent Criminals, singer/songwriter Ben Harper turns in his ninth studio CD backed by Relentless 7. The musicians first met in 2006 when the roots rockin' troubadour was recording Both Sides of the Gun, though they've since caught up with the times in both musical and topical contexts. White Lies For Dark Times (Virgin) is ripe with social commentary and hopeful resolution.

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