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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks:
The Grammys, The Darkness and The Isleys, plus Queen and Owl City DVDs
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Darkness is back: When The Darkness first burst out of England in 2000, the glam rockers were literally the second coming of Queen meets T. Rex crossed with the New York Dolls. Surprisingly, the group broke up with its fame still on the upswing in 2006, which probably explains why this reunion show featuring old tunes and forthcoming cuts sold out in seconds. Saturday at Metro: www.metrochicago.com.
Soul legends and a classy newcomer: The Isley Brothers are an institution of soul dating all the way back to "Shout" through a series of slow jams and quiet storm staples like "Between the Sheets" and the R. Kelly collaboration "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)." The group's romantic grooves are perfect for Valentine's Day, as is classy newcomer Chrisette Michele, an R&B siren who's already made major impressions on tour alongside Raheem DeVaughn. Saturday at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.
And the Grammy goes to: Adele, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The Black Keys, Maroon 5, Mumford & Sons and Bon Iver duke it out in a multitude of categories for the always coveted trophy, though the plethora of performances is the real reason to tune in. Thus far the line-up includes Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift (to name a few) with more to come right up until airtime. Sunday on CBS: www.grammy.com.
Owl City's debut concert DVD: For the first time in Owl City's meteoric career comes a concert DVD, which was filmed during the Adam Young-led outfit's 2011 tour. "Live In Los Angeles" (Eagle Vision) finds the front man appearing more much more confident at commanding an audience, while his backers churn out a first rate blend of string-spiked synth pop. The insanely catchy set list includes the breakthrough single "Fireflies" through a bulk of tunes from the current studio CD "All Things Bright and Beautiful." All the while, Young's hopeful lyrics and contagious choruses leave enough of a sugary sweet aftertaste to tide over fans until the next proper studio album.
The return of Van Halen: The tour may have been announced last month, but fans had to wait until this week for the first Van Halen studio CD with David Lee Roth since 1984. Even with the extensive gap in between projects, the guys have pretty much picked up right where they left off on A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope), turning in 13 raucous new rockers, plus a bonus DVD on the deluxe edition featuring three acoustic performance videos.
Queen's entire history unfolds: Even though Queen has a multitude of concert and video hits compilation DVDs, Days Of Our Lives (Eagle Vision) serves as the definitive documentary on the rock n' roll luminaries. Originally a BBC broadcast, the extensive program is loaded with new interviews from all the surviving band members, alongside tons of recently unearthed archive footage, including TV performances and seven new videos for the likes of "We Are the Champions," Under Pressure" and "Somebody To Love."
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