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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Alicia at Allstate, T.S.O.O.L. sets up shop at Lincoln Hall
Friday, February 26, 2010
With four years between studio projects, it's only fitting to find The Soundtrack of Our Lives turning in a double disc's worth of new cuts across Communion (Yep Roc). Expect plenty of tunes off the twenty-four track disc at this club show, but a smattering from its previous four projects, including 2001's ballsy breakthrough Behind the Music. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Lincoln Hall- Chicago, IL: www.lincolnhallchicago.com).
Soul siren Alicia Keys is flying high of the blockbuster success of her latest CD The Element of Freedom (J Records) and she's staging an arena show to celebrate. Aside from her red hot recent hit "Doesn't Mean Anything," expect an array of oldies like "No One" and "You Don't Know My Name" met with a mixture of piano playing and high octane dancing. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Indie rockers Gomez are also back in action presenting tunes from last year's mixed bag A New Tide (ATO). The English veterans are best known on album and in concert for an array of organic and eclectic instrumentation, plus plenty of folk-flavored sing-a-longs. Add in rotating lead vocalists, and it's a constantly evolving musical aura sure to keep audiences on their toes. (Worth a shot - Thursday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: New Newsom, Cash's final studio CD
Monday, February 22, 2010
Classic country star Johnny Cash may no longer be with us, but there's still one more studio CD left in his annals to be released. In honor of what would've been his 78th birthday, American Recordings/Lost Highway releases American VI: Ain't No Grave, which marks the final installment in Cash's series with super producer Rick Rubin. This time though, the tide turns entirely spiritual as traced through the title track, "Redemption Day," "I Don't Hurt Anymore" and "Cool Water."
Legendary blues guitarist Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy, Skid Row turned solo star) releases a must have set for core fans in the form of the DVD/CD set The Definitive Montreux Collection (Eagle Rock). The exhaustive set complies no less than five concerts from the famed festival spanning 1990-2001 split across two DVDs and a subsequent soundtrack. Soulful smashes on the set include "Still Got the Blues," "Out In the Fields" and "The Stumble."
Singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom may be an acquired taste, but no one can deny her ingenuity or originality. With Have One On Me (Drag City) she takes an even further leap forward, turning in no less than three CDs of brand new material spanning epics, ballads, stripped down tunes and fully loaded danceable tracks. Clocking in at an astounding 125 minutes, make sure to set aside an afternoon and meet this body of work in a single setting.
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