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By Andy Argyrakis
Graham Parker Weekend Report: Parker's alt-country change-up, Introducing Bad Lieutenant
Friday, April 16, 2010


Though he made a major splash on the late 1970s alternative-minded singer/songwriter circuit, followed by a productive new wave run, Graham Parker continues to reinvent himself. These days, he's inked a deal with alt-country label Bloodshot and followed suit on the new CD Imaginary Television, though this concert's sure to include a career spanning set list highlighting the pub rocker's underrated creativity. (Bet your life - Saturday at Old Town School of Folk Music- Chicago, IL: www.oldtownschool.org).

Even though the troupe's considered kings of the Christmas circuit, there's more to Trans-Siberian Orchestra than merely the Yuletide themes. In its first ever non-seasonal show, the group unveils a full rendering of the Bad Lieutenantconcept collection Beethoven's Last Night (Atlantic), which merges symphonic and progressive rock, plus plenty of classical influences. Selections from last year's Night Castle are also on the card. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Now that New Order's on indefinite hiatus, Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham have teamed up with newcomer Jake Evans to form Bad Lieutenant. In concert, the electric/electronic rock band will showcase its debut disc Never Cry Another Tear, along with a smattering of New Order and Joy Division classics, plus a possible Electronic tune or two (Sumner's defunct group with The Smiths' Johnny Marr). (Worth a shot - Monday at Park West- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
AC/DC Street Week: AC/DC scores soundtrack, Iggy & The Stooges earn deluxe treatment
Monday, April 12, 2010


Don't bother searching of AC/DC on iTunes and forget about a proper greatest hits collection. Instead, the group continues to tease with box sets, live albums and this soundtrack to Iron Man 2 (Sony), which may not fall into the official compilation category per say, but still features several of the group's most famous tracks. Expect to hear "Shoot To Thrill," "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck," "Highway To Hell," "T.N.T." and "Let There Be Rock," amongst several treasured album tunes.

Speaking of record label repackaging, Iggy & The Stooges earn deluxe treatment with a double disc edition of the now classic Raw Power (Sony Legacy). The first disc includes all the album's original tracks Iggy(including "Search and Destroy" and "Gimme Danger"), in digitally remastered sound format with mixes from David Bowie, followed by a second boasting a live version of the album, alongside a pair of rarities.

A cappella vocal groups that come from the college circuit may be a dime a dozen, but Straight No Chaser out of Indiana University is certainly the exception. On With a Twist (Atlantic), the guys throw listeners for a loop with remarkable covers of Coldplay's "Fix You," Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over," Oasis' "Wonderwall" and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," amongst a handful of more traditional oldies.

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