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By Andy Argyrakis
Lucille Ball Weekend Report: We still love Lucy, A super group for the history books
Friday, May 14, 2010


She was the first lady of television whose sense of humor literally influenced every single stand-up that's since stepped into the spotlight. Lucille Ball, that witty redhead known for her superior slapstick, may be long gone but her spirit lives on, as demonstrated in a variety-styled tour written by her daughter Lucie Arnaz and Suzanne LaRusch. That latter actress stars as the golden great in "An Evening with Lucille Ball," which is a one women tribute to the queen of comedy, loaded with antidotes from her 30 year TV career and beyond. (Bet your life - Sunday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

King Crimson fans are surely salivating now that the group's alum Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto teamed up with Chapman Stick superstar Michael Bernier to form the new group Stick Men. The trio will feature tunesDave Grohl from its brand new studio CD Soup, along with past group classics and plenty of progressive jams. (Worth a shot - Monday at Shank Hall- Milwaukee, WI: www.shankhall.com).

After playing an ultra-exclusive debut concert at Metro last summer, Them Crooked Vultures are back on the road in more sizeable venues playing tunes from its self-titled debut, along with a handful of selections from members' storied pasts. For those living under a rock, that's Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), who more than live up to their "super group" tag. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Jack White Street Week: Keane is crazy, The Dead Weather turn two
Monday, May 10, 2010


Stop trying to count the number of bands Jack White is a member of and simply resign to the fact that it's swelling by the second. At this very moment, his energies are turned towards The Dead Weather, who turn in a sophomore CD called Sea of Cowards (Warner Brothers), just a year after its debut. Expect plenty of raw licks, gut bucket blues and growling guitars from the famed Nashville foursome.

It was bad enough that Keane abandoned its lush Brit-pop direction for dance rock on 2008's Perfect Symmetry (Interscope), let alone recorded another like-minded project during that tour. Aside from sounding rushed and all too short (a mere eight tracks at barely over a half hour), the group is clearly confused with its identity Keaneand struggles to remain relevant. Aside from fans who absolutely adore this rhythmic transition, original Keane appreciators are best served sticking with its first two albums and hoping the band returns to its roots before becoming barely recognizable.

David Foster's latest protege Charice was first heard on his Hit Man television special turned CD/DVD, not to mention earning praises from Oprah Winfrey on her daytime talk show. But the youthful pop diva isn't just hype and powerful production as her voice can literally run circles around Whitney Houston or Celine Dion in their heydays. Need proof? Just check out this self-titled debut on Reprise that is already anchored by the hits "Pyramid" and "Replay."

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