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By Andy Argyrakis
Peter Gabriel Weekend Report: Peter Gabriel's covers concert
Friday, May 7, 2010


Story by Andy Argyrakis and Billy Sparks

The length between Peter Gabriel albums continues to grow increasingly long, but they're always worth the wait thanks to his insistence on experimentation and reinvention with every effort. Though his first long player in eight years Scratch My Back (EMI) is a covers project, it once again defies convention by spiking guitars, drums and traditional rock band instruments in favor of just orchestral accompaniment, in turn, becoming one of his most epic and beautiful albums to date.

In fact, the performer is so excited about the album that he skipped a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Genesis to rehearse for a supporting tour, which continues in the same orchestral theme. Though the outing set up shop throughout Europe, fans in North America won't be as lucky given its handful of Canadian dates, plus a mere pair in New York and one final single show in Los Angeles.

As for the track listing on the album and the subsequent set list, expect a mixture of already certified classics with indie staples of today, starting with a haunting but gorgeous version of David Bowie's "Heroes," followed by a ballad rendition of Paul Simon's "The Boy In the Bubble." Gabriel also touches upon Elbow's "Mirrorball," which recalls his own "San Jacinto," and the Arcade Fire's "My Body Is a Cage" as a hushed, stripped down dirge that eventually explodes with orchestral grandeur. Along with choice takes on Radiohead's "Sweet Spirit (Fade Out)," Bon Iver's "Flume" and Lou Reed's "The Power of the Heart," Gabriel's more than granted fans plenty to fawn over until his next trip to the studio or their particular town. (Bet your life - Friday at Hollywood Bowl- Hollywood, CA: www.ticketmaster.com).
James Taylor & Carole King Street Week: New tunes from The New Pornographers, Troubadour tag team
Monday, May 3, 2010


A lot has changed in the world since Carole King and James Taylor first stepped on stage together at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood circa 1970. Even so, both artist's tunes remain timeless, as evidenced on this CD/DVD collection Live at the Troubadour (Hear Music), while the famous friends seem to be perfectly in step, despite their age and time apart for solo success. The highlight reel is ripe with hits performed together by the pair at the same time, including most of King's immortal Tapestry album ("So Far Away," "It's Too Late" "I Feel the Earth Move"), plus acoustic Taylor tunes like "Fire and Rain" and "Sweet Baby James."

Five albums into its career, The New Pornographers are still at the top of its game, thanks in part to an all-star line-up that continues to gel seamlessly, despite fame in other areas. Neko Case puts her solo stardom on hold to reunite with Dan Bejar, A.C.The New Pornographers Newman and company across Together (Matador), marking the band's first album in three years. This round, the songwriting skews towards the group's more personal to date, with a glam-inspired indie rock sound that's second to none.

For the first time in 48 years, Barbra Streisand performed in a club, and as the old adage goes, it was like butta! Though it was only open to a discreet group of fans and friends, the whole world can now see and hear what she sounded like throughout One Night Only Barbra Streisand and Quartet at The Village Vanguard (Columbia), which finds the diva belting out her hits beside a mere piano, bass, guitar and drums.

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