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By Andy Argyrakis
Buddy Guy Weekend Report: A weekend's worth of Buddy Guy
Friday, January 15, 2010

The deep depths of winter may be the slowest time for the concert calendar, but there's a major attraction hitting town all weekend sure to bring plenty of fire. As is his annual tradition, Buddy Guy sets up shop for an extensive residency at his famed south side haunt Legends, which isn't just one of the hottest clubs in the country, but also the most intimate anyone will ever get to see the blues luminary.

Though the 73-year-old has almost just as many years of material to mine through, his latest studio album is 2008's Skin Deep (Zomba), followed by 2009's The Definitive Buddy Guy (Shout! Factory). Expect to hear tunes from both projects, plus literally anything else the guitar slinger may pull out of his hat (including the possibility of off the cuff requests).

Of course, a conversation about Guy at Legends can't be complete without the prospect of special guests, which again, could literally include anyone under the sun. (Eric Clapton and members of the Rolling Stones have popped up on occasion). But fans can be certain Friday's show will feature John Primer, Saturday includes Carl Weathersby and Sunday starts with Lurrie Bell. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Legends- Chicago, IL:
Vampire Weekend Street Week: Vampire Weekend or OK Go?
Monday, January 11, 2010

Hype may have carried Vampire Weekend through its first album, but now the indie rockers will have to rely on actual talent rather than strictly buzz. Contra (XL Recordings) is the band's sophomore record, which may be prone to a slump, but one said to interject a plethora of new rhythms, arrangements and extermination into its highly heralded (though overly praised) Afro-pop basis.

Though OK Go will be forever known as the band who made a music video on treadmills, there's much more in its arsenal than merely a sole YouTube phenomenon that's since attracted an astounding 49 million viewers. For starters, the Chicago-bred band's amongst the key players in today's power pop revival, accompanied by a tenacious touring schedule thatVampire Weekend literally started upon the release of 2005's Oh No and didn't let up until the studio sessions for the brand new Of the Blue Colour of the Sky (Capitol), which puts a fresh coat of paint on the band's contagious traditions.

New age pianist Jim Brickman is back with his latest concert DVD Beautiful World (PBS), which was taped in Niagara Falls featuring guests Jon Secada, Melina Doolittle (from "American Idol") and Orla Fallon (formerly of Celtic Woman). The set list includes a mixture of original hits such as "Peace (Where the Heart Is)" and "The Gift," plus covers like "What a Wonderful World" and "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

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