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By Andy Argyrakis
ABC Weekend Report: Chicago and Earth at Summerfest, Regeneration Tour revs up
Friday, June 26, 2009

For those hoping to relive the 1980s or be introduced to it for the very first time, there's no better way than The Regeneration Tour. The always debonair Martin Fry brings his latest line-up of ABC to the States and is sure to sing the pulsating club poppers "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow," though he'll have plenty of help from his retro friends. The always enchanting Terri Nunn leads Berlin through "No More Words," "Masquerade" and "Metro," alongside the less enduring though still marginally entertaining Wang Chung and Cutting Crew. (Worth a shot - Friday at Rosemont Theatre- Rosemont, IL:

Every summer Chicago is faithful to its fans on the road, but when the Windy City favorites bring along its friends in Earth, Wind & Fire, the horn-infused party turns up another notch.Chicago The two bands are synonymous with summertime sounds, from Chicago's "Saturday In the Park" and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" to Earth's famed "September" and "Let's Groove." Yet even more electrifying than each act's individual hits is a collaborative set sure to double up the grooves with the ultimate brass attack. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Marcus Amphitheater- Milwaukee, WI:

In honor of Woodstock's 40th anniversary, legendary blues rocker Joe Cocker makes his Ravinia debut by dusting off over four decades of chart toppers. While he's best known for a highly stylized treatment of The Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends," his arsenal also includes "You Are So Beautiful," "When the Night Comes" and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" to name but a mere handful. (Bet your life - Sunday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL:
Cheap Trick Street Week: Cheap Trick's latest, Transformers' second soundtrack
Monday, June 22, 2009

Between a summer tour alongside Def Leppard, an upcoming Las Vegas residency performing The Beatles' Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety, plus drummer Bun E. Carlos' time in Tinted Windows, Cheap Trick is back on the map in a major way. Add in the aptly titled The Latest (marking its first foray into indie territory) and these Rockford darlings are beating out most of its nostalgia-treading peers. Like its previous projects, expect hook heavy power pop that retains a classic edge in the present tense.

The big screen may be benefiting from the blockbuster flick Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but so are the radio airwaves. In addition to the aforementioned Cheap Trick turning in Green Day"Transformers: The Fallen Remix," expect to hear current cuts from The Fray, Staind, Hoobastank, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday and Green Day. Outside of a dud from Nickelback, it's a knockout summer soundtrack.

Across three previous CDs, Pete Yorn's scored a handful of worthwhile pop singles and tunes that seemed tailor made for teenage television dramas. On his latest effort Back & Fourth (Columbia), the singer/songwriter attempts to earn some indie credibility by teaming up with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), though it results in an even more stripped down application to his already soft-spoken aura. The results are mildly pleasant at best and flat out boring in most instances, though the occasional alterative country-tipped instrumentation opens the door to a style that would be more assertive than this melancholy affair.

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