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By Andy Argyrakis
KT Tunstall Weekend Report: KT turns to "nature techno," Super producer debuts new band
Friday, November 19, 2010


In the three years since her last studio CD, KT Tunstall's been recharging her personal batteries in several very adventurous or eco-friendly environments (including the Cape Farewell project in Greenland). As a result, her third long player Tiger Suit (Virgin) leans in a self-described "nature techno" direction, which is basically a merger of a previous acoustic foundation with an increased dose of electronica. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

From his time in The Birthday Party to leading The Bad Seeds, Nick Cave's continued to push the envelope of gothic, post-punk and alternative rock. These days, he's exploring the blues at its garage rock grimiest returning to Grinderman, Black Dubhis previous side project that's become a bona fide band sure to rival his day job. (Bet your life - Monday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Take stripped down organic pop, smoldering soulful vocals and a decidedly Jamaican bent, all wrapped around the nucleus of multi-instrumentalist/super producer Daniel Lanois, and it's easy to see why Black Dub's self-titled debut disc is just as alluring as it is ingenious. Aside from its already familiar leader on guitar, the collective also includes noted session drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock), singer Trixie Whitley (daughter of Texas bluesman Chris Whitley) and bassist Daryl Johnson (a Louisiana side man). (Worth a shot - Tuesday at Lincoln Hall- Chicago, IL: www.lincolnhallchicago.com).
Norah Jones Street Week: Stones' latest DVD a disappointment,
Norah's collaborations compiled

Monday, November 15, 2010


Though she's currently in between studio CDs, Norah Jones is tiding fans over with a much needed compilation chronicling her vast list of duets throughout the past decade (many of which were only available on other artists' albums). Featuring (Blue Note) kicks off with a track from her side project The Little Willies, continuing with Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Belle & Sebastian, Herbie Hancock, Dolly Parton, Outkast and Ray Charles, all of which showcase the singer/songwriter's unparalleled diversity.

Between industrial, techno, dub, jazz fusion, trip-hop and just general beat-infused instrumentals, Meat Beat Manifesto is one of the more unpredictable electronic outfits that continues swerving in exciting new directions, even after two-plus decades in the game. Though the faces have changed, primary The Rolling Stonesfigurehead Jack Dangers has maintained the group's continuity and penchant for meaty (no pun intended) club grooves that have since influenced the likes of Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy. Throughout Answers Come In Dreams (Metropolis), Meat Beat Manifesto is stripping down its previously brooding beats ever so slightly, turning towards chilled out territory without coming across as soggy or sleepy.

With the influx of attention on the classic Exile on Mainstream remastered CD and concert tour DVD, releasing The Rolling Stones' inferior Let's Spend the Night Together (Lions Gate) so soon seems awfully suspicious of a cash in. Of course, the idea of releasing plenty of products into the marketplace before the holidays is nothing new, though for any fans on the shopping list, this isn't the primary DVD to devour. Sure, it's something for completists to consider, and even at their worst, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company are better than most bands. It's just that the early 1980s, particularly the Tattoo You era, wasn't exactly the band's finest hour.

The Dish Archives 2010

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