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By Andy Argyrakis
50 Cent Weekend Report: 50 Cent attempts a comeback, Introducing Broken Bells
Friday, May 28, 2010


In the late 1990s through early 2000s, 50 Cent ran neck in neck with Eminem for battle of the best rapper. But these days, both superstars have since cooled off on the charts with 50 Cent in particular putting out a weaker musical outpouring as of late compared to his peak period. Additional filler comes courtesy of disposable opening acts Monica, Soulja Boy and Lloyd Banks. (Fan club only - Sunday at UIC Pavilion- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Indie rock supergroup Broken Bells was one of the most buzzed about at this year's SxSW Festival, followed by a self-titled CD that's garnered stellar reviews across the globe. That's because the band consists of The Shins singer James MercerBroken Bells and Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse), an unusual combination perhaps, but one that merges alternative rock innovation with sophisticated programming. (Bet your life - Monday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

She created quite a stir earlier this year by being filmed nude in a music video, and while Erykah Badu sure knows how to grab headlines, her performances are often plagued by rambling improvisation. Though she earns top billing, openers N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae are both catching thanks to their hip-hop and neo-soul stylings respectively. (Worth a shot - Wednesday and Thursday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
STP Street Week: It's like the 1990s all over again
Monday, May 24, 2010


Scott Weiland is clean, done with Velvet Revolver and has a solo project out of his system, which can only mean Stone Temple Pilots is his number one priority once again. Though the band technically reunited two years ago to conquer the greatest hits circuit, this self-titled CD on Atlantic marks the grunge act's first official album since 2001. But there's plenty of vitality packed therein, thanks in part to a self-produced disc that was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, My Chemical Romance).

Calling Billy Corgan's current band Smashing Pumpkins is almost as sacrilegious as a solo Mick Jagger billing himself as The Rolling Stones. However, considering the aging bald one's better days are way in the past,Smashing Pumpkins comparing him to such rock n' roll luminaries would be way too flattering. In any case, the brand turns in a lavish box set of four new tunes called Teargarden By Kaleidyscope 1: Songs for a Sailor, complete with a CD, vinyl single and deluxe packaging.

As one of the most seminal rock n' roll bands in history, The Kinks certainly need no introduction. Even so, there's plenty to learn about these British Invasion innovators across the DVD You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (Voiceprint). Divided into specific chapters spanning each era, the documentary includes plenty of live performances and interviews with the main players to accurately covey the band's lengthy lineage.

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