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By Andy Argyrakis
Paul van Dyk Weekend Report: Glee goes live, A tale of two Pauls
Friday, May 21. 2010


Even if Paul van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold regularly compete with one another on the dance charts (and perhaps even for the same high profile club gigs), both have joined forces for a co-headlining tour. Considering their fame and massive back catalogue of solo songs, production and remixes, their tag team hits one of the city's biggest theatres. Just don't expect this to be an early night as both DJs are used to spinning to the wee hours of the morning. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Congress Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.congresschicago.com).

Fox's smash sitcom is coming to life on the touring trails thanks to "Glee Live! In Concert!" The self-explanatory event is sure to feature a cappella favorites from the program, plus plenty of Madonna. No word as to whether or not the concert will also incorporate drama or simply stick straight to the songs. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at Rosemont Theatre- Rosemont Theatre: www.ticketmaster.com).

The king of bedroom ballads returns with yet another leg in support of last year's BLACKsummers'night (Columbia), amping up his sold out theatre run to the arena level. There's sure to be plenty of swooning from the ladies, though the headliner would best singing (given his vast vocal talent) rather than being worried about striking the perfect pose. Fellow neo-soul crooner Jill Scott lends her famous face and socially conscious songwriting to the bill. (Fan club only - Tuesday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
LCD Soundsystem Street Week: LCD Soundsystem delivers, Merge picks up Thorn
Monday, May 17, 2010


For the past five years, James Murphy (better known to fans under the LCD Soundsystem banner) has spread his production wings into full-fledged electro-band territory, ushering the latest throwback to the new wave era, crossed with hints of disco, straight up dance and punk. On this third longer player This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin), the Murphy-led troupe may only turn in nine new tunes, but their collective length reaches the hour mark, much like Underworld did in its prime. All the while, Murphy's vocals recall the late Ian Curtis from Joy Division or Paul Banks from Interpol, ensuring a brooding overtone that never unnecessarily sugar coats the otherwise synth-saturated outpouring.

Her name may be somewhat obscure on its own, but for 18 years, Tracey Thorn's voice was the center of Everything But the Girl (the group who scored the club smash "Missing"). On her own, the Tracey Thornsinger/songwriter is much more soft-spoken in nature, but her gorgeous, tender-hearted vocals remain across her latest solo CD Love and Its Opposite (Merge).

Out of all The Rolling Stones' classic albums, Exile on Main Street (Universal) ranks right up there amongst the group's most treasured. The original album, which features smashes such as "Tumbling Dice," "Rocks Off" and "Happy," earns deluxe and remastered treatment, complete with extended linear notes. A second CD includes 10 tracks from the original sessions, such as alternate versions of "Survivor" and "Loving Cup."

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