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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Rivers' red carpet roast, Black Eyed Peas are back
Friday, March 5, 2010
The queen of cheeky comedy Joan Rivers returns to the road straight off the "Celebrity Apprentice," which she not only won, but brought plenty of drama to the reality show fold. In this stand up comedy set, expect plenty of celebrity roasts from the red carpet, ranging from pop and rock stars to the many movie personalities she's interviewed throughout the years. Though it may be a haul from the city, it's more than worth the pilgrimage considering the venue's amongst Chicagoland's most historic and inviting. (Bet your life - Friday at Paramount Theatre- Aurora, IL: www.paramountaurora.com).
Pop/punk and emo may be the cardinal sins for originators of the CBGB scene in the 1970s, but there's no denying the infectious, lip-smacking appeal of the modern day mall scene. Fans of all ages can judge for themselves if the newer school's worth any salt, led by scene veterans New Found Glory, alongside Hellogoodbye, Saves the Day and Fireworks. (Fan club only - Friday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Black Eyed Peas are a triple threat of singers, rappers and production wizards. As a result, it's no surprise the group's pop/rock/hip-hop blend (plus plenty of production) hits the arena circuit after spending some of last year opening for U2's stadium outing. Expect plenty of high octane hits ("I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow") sure to get everyone (even those in the rafters) dancing like it's a sweaty club. (Worth a shot - Thursday at Bradley Center- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: Lifehouse with Rudolf and Daughtry, Gabriel goes indie
Monday, March 1, 2010
He may be skipping the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony when Genesis will be inducted, but that doesn't mean Peter Gabriel hasn't been busy. The progressive rock superstar turned radio innovator turns towards indie rock on his latest project Scratch My Back (Real World), though he addresses the scene with a twist. Catch covers of Arcade Fire's "My Body Is a Cage," Bon Iver's "Flume," Elbow's "Mirror Ball" and Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" with a full-fledged orchestra, minus any drums or guitars.
Long blasting past the one hit wonder status, Lifehouse more than proved its longevity come this fifth studio CD Smoke & Mirrors (Geffen). The modern rockers may not break the mold, but are certainly consistent with a radio ready blend of inspirational rock undercut by front man Jason Wade's familiar bellows. Kevin Rudolf and Chris Daughtry come along for the party as special guests on this album.
Singer/songwriter John Hiatt may be an unsung hero of sorts when it comes to his own career, though his writing credits for the likes of Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt more than speak for themselves. And it turns out the veteran troubadour is still sharp as a tack on the artist side of the coin with The Open Road (New West) serving as a witty inclusion in a cannon that now includes 19 albums.
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