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By Andy Argyrakis
Anberlin Weekend Report: Anberlin kicks up some dust, Numan's '80s epic
Friday, October 22, 2010


Now that emo turned alternative rockers Anberlin teamed up with super producer Brendan O'Brien (Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), the group's sound is harder than ever. Though its latest disc Dark Is the Way: Light Is a Place (Universal Republic) isn't as immediately catchy as previous projects, the group's live shows are especially incendiary thanks to charismatic front man Stephen Christian. (Worth a shot - Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.livenation.com).

The problem with Gary Numan's industrialized material in recent years is it fails to connect the dots with his seminal presence in the new wave movement. Though he was able to attract a completely different fan base as a result, live concerts often ignored early material, making fans clamor all the more for his retro leanings.Gary Numan In fact, demand grew so intense that the early MTV hero is dusting off the classic The Pleasure Principle (the album with "Cars") for a front to back rendering in all its keyboard-infused glory. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).

Though there's no ignoring Maroon 5's popularity, one can't help feel like its white-washed funk grooves and watered down hip-hop leanings are contrived. Even if Kanye West and Rihanna are fans, it doesn't give Adam Levine and company enough street cred to stand in the same court, though the preppy side of the college crowd seems to embrace the band just like it did with Matchbox Twenty ten years ago. (Fan club only - Wednesday at UIC Pavilion- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

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