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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks: Adams goes acoustic, the British Invasion is back, plus Coldplay's special edition
Monday, January 16, 2012
Adams goes acoustic: One of the most popular "MTV Unplugged" episodes of all time featured Bryan Adams, so it's only natural for him to give the acoustic circuit another round after a decade or so of arena shows. The Canadian favorite promises "Bare Bones" renditions of past favorites, from obvious staples like "Summer of '69," "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" and "Heaven," to the overlooked but equally enjoyable "Here I Am," "It Ain't A Party (If You Can't Come 'Round)" and "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You." Tuesday at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.
The British Invasion is back: Just after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, groups like The Kinks, The Animals and The Zombies made a major splash during the original British Invasion. Relive the English sound of the '60s courtesy of Eric Burdon and his latest line-up of The Animals, which promises everything from "The House of the Rising Sun" to "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Saturday at Arcada Theatre: www.oshows.com.
Laugh out loud: Comedy connoisseurs won't want to miss a double header from the side splitting Kathy Griffin. With multiple HBO and Bravo specials to her credit, plus a pair of Emmy Awards, she promises plenty "more stories, more dish, more of what she shouldn't say but you know you want to hear." Friday and Saturday at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.
Coldplay's special edition: Even though Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto (Capitol) is still a new release, it's earning a special deluxe edition usually reserved for an anniversary reissue. Fans willing to shell out just shy of a hundred bucks score a pop-up version of the album (on both vinyl and CD), a hardbound book, plus exclusive photos and liner notes.
A Detroit rebirth: Even though Mitch Ryder rode the charts throughout the mid-'60s while fronting the Detroit Wheels, he's practically vanished from America's attention in the ensuring years. In fact, The Promise marks his first stateside release in nearly 30 years following a slew of import-only albums, though surprisingly, he still sounds just as solid vocally as musically, thanks in part to production from Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). With equal parts the heartland rock of Bob Seger, punk a la Iggy Pop, or even the bluesy bent of The White Stripes, Ryder revives many of the Motor City's most beloved sounds, all wrapped around his blustery rock n' soul delivery.
Corea's ambitious concept: Chick Corea needs no introduction to jazz enthusiasts and they're sure to dive into his new double disc set Further Explorations (Concord). Fans can look forward to 19 live recordings from the legendary piano player, alongside bassist Eddie Gomez and the late great drummer Paul Motian.
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