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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Producer Timbaland plots tour, Robin Thicke returns
Friday, January 22, 2010
When Robin Thicke first burst on the scene in 2006, he was regarded as a fresh faced neo-soul star known just as much for his sterling pipes as sophisticated songwriting. Though his range remains on the new Sex Therapy: The Sessionpop, one can't help but wonder why he decided to enter Maxwell's bedroom-charged territory. Not only is an overcharged libido uncharacteristic of this undeniably talent artist, but it's likely to be a bit polarizing to those who are more interested in his smooth delivery than personal sex drive. (Fan club only - New date: Saturday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
There are very few producers today with the ability to ride the charts so consistently as Timbaland. Between Nelly Furtudo, Justin Timberlake, OneRepublic and even Madonna, he's scored plenty of smashes in a variety of genres, while also releasing a pair of his own CDs to highlight new talent. He's currently on tour supporting Shock Value II (Blackground Records) with a relatively rare, late night club gig. (Worth a shot - Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Chicago Music Awards is gearing up to hand out its trophies in a variety of categories. For a list of nominees (including Kanye West, Wilco, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly, Kevin Chalfant and Etta James), check out www.martinsinterculture.com. As for performers, expect to see Jeremih, Twista, Rachel Barton Pine and members of the Chi-Lites take the stage. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Alhambra Palace- Chicago, IL: www.chicagomusicawards.org).
Street Week: New Troast tunes, GRAMMY nominees compiled
Monday, January 18, 2010
The 52nd installment of the GRAMMY Awards is right around the corner (Sunday, January 31 to be exact), which means the timing couldn't be more appropriate for a compilation of top nominees. As expected, 2010 GRAMMY Nominees (Capitol) has all the usual suspects, though there are plenty of killer singles on the CD including U2's "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" and Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." Other artists include Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, The Fray and Katy Perry.
Singer/songwriter Jon Troast is no stranger to the road, performing 100 concerts in 100 days last year all within the confines of someone's living room. It may have been an unconventional arrangement, but it earned the Wisconsin troubadour a mound of press clippings and a continuously swelling fan base. Following that outing, he recorded the quaintly titled Living Room under the direction of heralded producer Mitch Dane, which was inspired by that marathon trek and the people he met along the way. Catch the '70s-inspired, Americana-tipped performer touring for free the first half of 2010 in support of the CD.
Before The Beatles, Cliff and the Shadows were all the rage in England, but the band also amassed global prominence thanks to an astounding 123 singles. Though group leader Cliff Richard (now a Sir) hadn't performed with the band in over twenty years, a recent 50th anniversary prompted them to reconnect on the DVD The Final Reunion (Eagle Vision), filmed in late 2009 at the O2 Arena in London. Throughout the project, the literally ageless Richard and his backers belt off golden oldies like "Living Doll," "Summer Holiday," "Wonderful Land" and "The Young Ones" as if time stood still.
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