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By Andy Argyrakis
Eminem Weekend Report: Voodoo Music Experience lands on Halloween
Friday, October 30, 2009


As tales of ghosts and goblins start creeping up in the spirit of the season and costumes start flying off store shelves, New Orleans' City Park is gearing up for the famed Voodoo Music Experience. While it always lands right around Halloween, this year happens right in the heart of the celebratory action, which besides the Big Easy's usual revelry, includes tons of live music. In fact, it all kicks off tonight with headliner Eminem coming out of an extended hiatus, alongside Fischerspooner, Silversun Pickups, The Black Keys and The Cool Kids.

Saturday marks the ultimate excuse to dress up as KISS dusts off the make-up and spandex to deliver explosive tunes off its new CD Sonic Boom and loads of party hearty stadium rockers. For those that Lenny Kravitzarrive early, there's also plenty of action from George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jane's Addiction, Wolfmother, Drive-By Truckers and the Crescent City's very own Mute Math.

Rounding out the weekend is part time resident Lenny Kravitz, who's sure to put on a funk-infused rock n' roll extravaganza. Others worth catching on the finale night include The Pogues, The Flaming Lips, Brand New, Rebirth Brass Band, plus Robert Randolph and the Family Band. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at City Park- New Orleans, LA: http://thevoodooexperience.com).
R.E.M. Street Week: Echo returns, R.E.M. revolutionized
Monday, October 26, 2009


Don't call R.E.M.'s latest Live at the Olympia (Warner Brothers) just an average concert CD and film parading through the same old hits because it actually digs significantly deeper. Instead Michael Stipe and company test out an astounding 39 tunes during its 2007 tour's dress rehearsals in Dublin. Expect an aggressive, absolutely urgent alternative rock aura similar to last year's Accelerate studio CD.

Fellow '80s stalwarts Echo & The Bunnymen continue to forge into the future thanks to The Fountain (Phantom Sound and Vision). The project marks the group's tenth studio release and still features the Echo & The Bunnymenambitious interplay of front man Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant. Expect ten brooding tracks that range between Doors-influenced rock n' roll to retro punk and new wave recollections.

On a DVD note, ZZ Top didn't let a canceled double bill with Aerosmith slow members down, instead opting to tour solo. To coincide with a fall outing, the bearded boys release Double Down Live (Eagle Vision) chronicling concerts from 1980 and 2008 on two separate discs. The first is a full-fledged 22 track show featuring a plethora of blues-infused rockers, plus familiar favorites like "Cheap Sunglasses" and "Tush." The second installment is half that length, but features more recent performances of "Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "Just Got Paid" to name a few.

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