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By Andy Argyrakis
Jason Derulo Weekend Report: Derulo follows in Gaga's footsteps, Muse makes another trip
Friday, October 1, 2010


Anyone who's been lucky enough to land a touring slot alongside Lady Gaga might as well say they won the lottery, so it's no surprise to see previous Monster Ball opener Jason Derulo following in the current queen of pop's footsteps. The hip-hop/R&B heavyweight's hits include "In My Head," "Ridin' Solo" and "Whatcha Say," which along with others from a self-titled debut, are loaded with plenty of hooks and hip swivels. (Worth a shot - Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.livenation.com).

Early in its career, Muse was often criticized for sounding a bit too much like Radiohead, though these days, the group's more than established its own ethereal rock undertakings. With the second leg of an arena outing to prove itMuse (plus an upcoming headlining slot at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience), there's plenty for the Brits to celebrate as its fans bask in experimental brilliance backed by towering visuals. (Bet your life - Wednesday at Bradley Center- Milwaukee, WI: www.bradleycenter.com).

With her ultra high hair and even more distinct voice, Macy Gray is instantly recognizable in person and on the radio. Though she's slowed her touring schedule in recent years and taken a three year break from the studio, the R&B sultan's returned to both disciplines. Catch tunes from the brand new The Sellout, mixed with previous smashes "I Try" and "Why Didn't You Call Me." (Worth a shot - Thursday at Park West- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Phil Collins Street Week: Collins goes to Motown, Clapton's collaborations
Monday, Septemer 27, 2010


With his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis, the natural step for Phil Collins to take would've been a reunion record with the band in which he first found fame. However, he throws fans for a loop by indulging in a personal pastime on Going Back (Atlantic), which finds the long time soul fan covering a series of Motown favorites (backed by the legendary Funk Brothers) with note for note accuracy.

Fellow old timer Eric Clapton also knows how to make a name for himself outside of a band (or several, like The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Cream and Derek & the Dominos). These days, the axe slinger flexes his solo Eric Claptonmuscles on a mixture of originals and old time blues covers on the simply titled Clapton (Reprise), backed by an all-star guest list that includes Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow and Allen Toussaint.

After three years on the road supporting its last studio CD Chase This Light and a 10th anniversary outing supporting the now classic Clarity, Jimmy Eat World got back in the studio with producer Mark Trombino for Invented (Geffen). The seasoned knob twirler helped shape the sounds for early discs Static Prevails and Clarity, along with the group's commercial standout Bleed American, making the current collection fall somewhere between the best of all worlds.

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