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By Andy Argyrakis
Massive Attack Weekend Report: Beats from Massive Attack and Mary J, Cartoon leaps to life
Friday, October 15, 2010


One of the trip hop scene's heralded heroes brings its electronica-doused grooves to the stage behind its first official studio CD in seven years. Sure, Massive Attack's stayed in public view with EPs and a greatest hits compilation, but the group's fifth long player Heligoland (Virgin) finds the British production duo staying atop the club world with a slew of special guests, including members of TV on the Radio, Elbow and Blur. (Bet your life - Friday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Speaking of Blur, front man Damon Albarn is currently in Gorillaz mode, the virtual band of sorts featuring its own cartooned personalities. However, when the group takes the stage in support of the new Plastic Beach (Virgin), it's far fromMary J. Blige fiction thanks to a robust combination of electronically-enhanced pop, alternative rock and hip-hop. (Worth a shot - Saturday at UIC Pavilion- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

The queen of hip-hop soul may have just come to town as a member of the Lilith Fair, but these days, she's back to headlining. And it's certainly for the better considering an abbreviated set never does the soulful diva justice, who's sure to sing of self-assurance and empowerment throughout original material, while hopefully turning in her masterful covers of U2's "One" and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" just like last time. (Bet your life - Sunday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Rolling Stones Street Week: Double dose of Duran and DVDs
Monday, October 11, 2010


With the recently remastered Exile on Main Street becoming all the rage once again, The Rolling Stones are opening up those vaults to release a concert DVD of that subsequent tour. Preceded by a big screen movie theatre release, Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (Eagle Vision) captures the band in its larger than life prime pummeling through hits like "Brown Sugar," "Gimme Shelter" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

The Duran Duran reissues keep rolling out with two new expanded box sets dropping this week on Capitol. For starters, catch a revamped Notorious from 1986, loaded with original singles like the title track, "Skin Trade" and "Meet El Presidente," along with a bonus disc of B-sides and a DVD from the accompanying tour. Duran DuranThe same format follows 1988's Big Thing, which may have found the band slipping from creative grace in hopes of cashing in on the time period, but is still a worthwhile collection for die-hards given its extension of rarities.

Originally airing on "Soundstage" but now as its own DVD, Michael McDonald's This Christmas: Live In Chicago (Eagle Vision) follows the former Doobie Brother through his latest holiday album. The most impressive are a washboard and accordion-entrenched version of "Christmas On the Bayou" and the banjo/boogie-woogie slant of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (both of which echo a surprisingly effective Crescent City/Cajun flavoring). There are also plenty of non-Christmas cuts, including his old band's "Minute By Minute" and "What a Fool Believes," plus a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

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