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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks: Buddy's annual residency, an unusual indie rock combo, plus Cage's concert DVD
Monday, January 2, 2012
Buddy's annual residency: Anytime there's a chance to catch Buddy Guy in concert, it's worth taking, but when he pops up for an annual winter residency at his personal club, it's an absolute must see. Aside from his own fiery blues licks and bellowing vocals, one never knows who might show up as a surprise special guest. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Buddy Guy's Legends: www.buddyguy.com.
Rap the night away: So many famous rappers have come from the Wu-Tang Clan that it's often difficult to keep track of who's currently in the hip-hop troupe. Those who turn up for its latest Windy City appearance are promised performances from RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God and Inspectah Deck in all their bombastic glory. Sunday at Congress Theater: www.congresschicago.com.
Unusual indie rock combo: Take three 14-year-old girls, their twenty-something babysitter and a sound that merges the best of The Breeders, The Donnas and Taylor Swift and you've got Purple Apple. The Chicago-based indie collective may have an unconventional back story and sound, but when the players of varying ages come together, there's plenty of garage rockin' grit with an underlying pop sensibility. Saturday at The Beat Kitchen: www.beatkitchen.com.
The country side of Elvis: He might be best known as the "King of Rock and Roll," but Elvis Presley also spent time dabbling in gospel and country throughout his illustrious career. The double disc set "Elvis Country" (Sony Legacy) finds the late great legend channeling 29 tunes through that stylistic lens, including a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lot-ta Shakin' Goin' On."
All the hits from Isaak: Fans of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash can also get their suave, hip-swiveling fix from Chris Isaak on his "Live In Concert & Greatest Hits Live Concert" (Image) DVD. The two show set covers all the necessary bases including "Wicked Game," "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," "Heart Shaped World" and "Somebody's Crying."
Cage's concert DVD: Considering Cage the Elephant's kinship to Chicago (having played all the major clubs and even Lollapalooza), it's only fitting to have its first ever concert DVD taking place "Live From the Vic" (RCA/RED). Gear up for an explosive set of indie, garage and psychedelic rock, complete with some stage diving from ferocious front man Matthew Shultz.
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