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By Andy Argyrakis
Shawn Mullins Weekend Report: Aggressive folk from Mullins, Acoustic rock from Mayer
Friday, April 9, 2010

Throughout the late 1990s, singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins soared up the pop and alternative rock charts with his gritty swagger and storybook lyrics. While his time on the radio has cooled, he's stayed active on the road and in the studio, continuing in his folk-doused tradition, but spicing up his selections with mounds of aggressive attitude. (Worth a shot - Friday at SPACE- Evanston, IL: (

Between the acoustic rock side of his personality and a deep affinity for the blues, John Mayer is one of this generation's more interesting artists, who's simultaneously able to please the fratty masses and prove he's an accomplished musician. However, after a series of public relations nightmares and a breakdown on stage in NashvilleJohn Mayer where he apologized for offending listeners over racial and sexual remarks, it remains to be seen if the previously impervious to pain troubadour can still put on a rock solid show. (Fan club only - Saturday at United Center- Chicago, IL:

As a rock and pop star, Elton John's body of work speaks for itself, though close followers are certainly aware of his music writing stock in blockbuster Broadway shows. His latest in the latter category is the multiple Tony Award winning musical "Billy Elliot," which official opens in Chicago this weekend, backed by a singable soundtrack from start to finish. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre- Chicago, IL:
Madonna Street Week: Slash goes solo, Madonna gets sweet and sticky
Monday, April 5, 2010

Over 3.5 million fans saw Madonna's latest stage spectacle, making it the most attended tour from any solo artist in music history. As a result, The Sticky & Sweet Tour (Warner Brothers) CD/DVD is destined to fly off the shelves, even if the Material Mom is now a year past 50. Nonetheless, she can still move like protégés half her age, turning in a mixture of club nuggets like "Hung Up," "Ray of Light," "Like a Prayer" and the recent "4 Minutes," which features Justin Timberlake as her duet and dance partner.

Between his time in Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, Slash is considered the ultimate heavy metal guitar god, complete with all the stereotypical behind the scenes excesses to match. But there's no knocking his more than competentSlash playing on this self-titled solo debut disc, which includes special guests Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Iggy Pop, Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Duff McKagan (GNR, Velvet Revolver).

The title to The Classic Crime's latest long player implies a certain need to travel, and while the alternative rock act is no stranger to touring, the inspiration actually comes from a recent trip to Haiti. The results are found amply in the lyrics on Vagabonds (Tooth & Nail), though there's certainly plenty of musical evolution from an already extraordinary underground band from Seattle that logged tons of face time on the Vans Warped Tour.

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