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By Andy Argyrakis
Roger Waters Weekend Report: Roger Waters puts up a wall all week
Friday, September 17, 2010


The chances of pigs flying for a whole tour (or Pink Floyd officially reuniting) may be slim to none, but that doesn't mean co-founder/primary songwriter Roger Waters can't bring the band's iconic past back to life. Though he's frequently performed the progressive rockers' epic material during solo shows, his last tour featured an entire rendering of Dark Side of the Moon.

As a result of that increased gravitation towards the group's catalogue, it's no surprise to see him reconstructing The Wall in its entirety, especially considering this year marks the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking collection. For those needing a refresher, that means a double disc worth of tunes, including a mixture of cerebral and commercial masterpieces like the "Another Brick In the Wall" trilogy, "Is There Anybody Out There?," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."

Aside from the superior soundtrack, the show is also monumental for its state of the art production that will take his 1990 staging of the show after the fall of the Berlin Wall up to the next level. Outside of that one off, The Wall was only performed 31 times during Pink Floyd's 1980-1981 tour, though there aren't any commercially released videos of the original run thus far, making this experience all the more enticing. (Bet your life - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and next Friday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Robert Plant Street Week: Robert Plant returns, James' new double disc
Monday, September 13, 2010


After an unbelievably successful tag team with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant returns to the solo ranks but retains the pair's stripped down motif. Band of Joy (Rounder) marks the official follow-up to 2005's excellent individual offering Mighty ReArranger, though its roots actually dive back much deeper. The album's moniker (which also happens to be the revitalized name of his current backing band) tips its hat towards Plant's pre-Led Zeppelin act that also included the late great John Bonham.

Since reuniting for 2008's return to form Hey Ma, Brit pop heroes James have been especially active, touring the globe and returning to studio for a double disc of entirely new material. Split between a late night companion and a chilled out come down collection, The Morning After The Night Before (Mercury) picks right up where the band left off crafting jarring alternative rockers underscored by ethereal atmospheres.

Though Underworld has an incredibly dedicated following in the club scene, the majority of earth knows its name from the Trainspotting soundtrack standout "Born Slippy (Nuxx)." Considering that cut became an instant classic that catapulted the rave scene from underground anonymity to household recognition, it's always going to be a difficult measuring stick to match. Unfortunately, nothing throughout the duo's newest studio CD Barking (Cooking Vinyl) is as alluring nor as relevant as say The Chemical Brothers' latest collection, instead sounding lethargic and uninspired.

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