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By Andy Argyrakis
UB40 Weekend Report: UB40's rocks some reggae, Pub rocker returns
Friday, October 8, 2010


Shortly after Bob Marley revolutionized reggae and became a household name, UB40 continued spreading the genre within commercial conventions. Hit renditions of "Red Red Wine," "I Got You Babe" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" helped propel the group to over 70 million worldwide album sales and a career of constant touring. These days, the group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its influential debut disc Signing Off with a front to back performance in its entirety, complete with its political undertones. (Worth a shot - Friday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Legendary pub rocker Nick Lowe hasn't toured with a full backing band for at least a decade, making this pair of shows especially noteworthy. The outing comes on the heels of the first time vinyl releases of more recent Yep Roc albums The Impossible Bird, Dig My Mood and The Convincer. though he's sure to bust Nick Loweout classics like "Cruel To Be Kind," "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass." (Bet your life - Saturday and Sunday at Old Town School of Folk Music- Chicago, IL: www.oldtownschool.org).

How much would you pay to see an artist who usually plays large theatres and arenas in an intimate setting that promises to be no more than 300 seats? What about if you got to meet that entertainer before the show and got a chance to ask some questions (possibly even a request) during the actual set? Throw in an art gallery exhibit, refreshments, and most importantly, a charitable cause (Compassion International), and that's exactly what Amy Grant fans are up for this fall as the celebrated singer/songwriter embarks on the "Pieces of Our Lives" tour. (Bet your life - Tuesday at River East Art Center- Chicago, IL: www.piecesofourlives.com).
KT Tunstall Street Week: Maroon 5 meltdown, KT's vibrant comeback
Monday, October 4, 2010


While it would be easy to write off Tiger Suit (Virgin) given KT Tunstall's tapering with her last singer/songwriter collection, she appears to be recharged and ready to go again thanks to several changes in scenery. For starters, much of the album was inspired by a multi-artist retreat to Greenland (amongst other ecologically rich territories), which not only unfurled an environmentally conscious lyrical direction, but also helped reclaim her muse. Following the excursion, she found herself with 75 tunes to choose from, which were eventually whittled down with the help of producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Editors, Adele), who steered her in a self-described "nature techno" direction.

The sticker on the outside of Maroon 5's third longer player Hands All Over (A&M/Octone) should say "for fans of Def Leppard, Bryan Adams and Shania Twain" because it's impossible not to notice the overt influence of Maroon 5rock to pop to country producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange. There's a super slick and shiny merger of all three genres, plus plenty of the group's standard white-bred funk, ensuring an ultra-sanitary listening experience that shouldn't have a problem penetrating Top 40 radio, even if it lacks artistic soul.

Take the writing, recording and production genius of Jars of Clay and combine it with several of Nashville's finest guests for The Shelter (Essential/Sony), which is loaded with organic inspirations. Listen for the dueting likes of Mac Powell, Brandon Heath, Matt Maher, Laura Story over the band's stripped down vocals and instrumentation, plus expository songwriting style that recalls the acoustic favorites' enduring self-titled CD.

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