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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Copeland says farewell, An arena rap battle
Friday, March 12, 2010
Indie rock act Copeland debuted in 2000 and accomplished more than most, amassing five studio CDs, a slew of EPs and countless concerts across the entire globe. But after a decade in business, the band is saying farewell at the top of its game, meaning tickets for this up close and personal show will be snatched up by show time. Though reunions could be around the corner someday, don't risk missing out if the band's break is forever. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).
He's may be a hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur extraordinaire (not to mention husband of Beyonce), but at the end of the day, Jay-Z's first calling will always be artistry. The rapper hits the arena circuit for a full-fledged throw down culled from his latest collection The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation/Atlantic). Along for the ride is opening act Trey Songz, a label mate attempting to follow in the master's footsteps with three like-minded albums under his belt thus far including 2009's Ready. (Worth a shot - Thursday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The legacy of the legendary guitar god Jimi Hendrix lives on thanks to Experience Hendrix, the biennial, multi-act bill that turns four this year, channeling its namesake's genius through a marathon evening of individual snippet sets, one of a kind collaborations and an almighty jam session or two just to amplify the subject's superiority. The marathon includes Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Hubert Sumlin, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, Doyle Bramhall II, the Isley Brothers' Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble's Chris Layton, Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, plus The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys' Billy Cox. (Bet your life - Thursday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: Camper meets Sippy, Gorillaz and plenty of guests
Monday, March 8, 2010
What do you get when you cross Camper Van Beethoven's Victor Krummenacher with The Sippy Cups' Allison Faith Levy? Basically a brand new band called McCabe & Mrs. Miller that showcases hints of one another's full time groups on its debut disc Time for Leaving (Magnetic Motorworks), crossed with a unique collaborative spirit that touches on everything from folk to blues to acoustic rock. Outside of both players' rootsy voices uniting in near perfect unison, expect clever arrangements from the duo, plus production from Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club).
Blur front man Damon Albarn found even more fame as of late with side project turned full time offering Gorillaz. After strong sales of previous projects, plenty of stars lined up to participate on Plastic Beach (Virgin), the group's first new undertaking in five years. Catch a diverse guest list including Lou Reed, De La Soul, Mos Def, Bobby Womack and Snoop Dogg, sure to expand the animated superstars' appeal even further.
Jimi Hendrix's archives have been tapped countless times since his untimely death, but it turns out there are 12 previously unreleased tunes left for the public to hear. Valley of Neptune (Sony Legacy) was recorded in 1969 to serve as a sequel to the previous year's double album Electric Ladyland. This fully authorized release coincides with this spring's all-star Experience Hendrix Tour, which includes Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Ernie Isley and Billy Cox.
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