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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks:
MUTEMATH's ambitious enigma, blues from Blind Boys, plus The Plimsouls unearthed
Monday, February 13, 2012
MUTEMATH's ambitious enigma: MUTEMATH has always been an artistic enigma of sorts and it's latest long player Odd Soul (Warner Bros.) keeps fans on the edge of their seats. See the guys up close at a club after making the late night rounds on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and be prepared for an explosive, synth-spiked sonic potpourri. Friday at House of Blues: www.livenation.com.
Blues from the Blind Boys: The Blind Boys of Alabama have been in business since the '40s, and though many members have since passed away or moved on, the group is nothing short of a blues and gospel institution. The legendary Jimmy Carter still leads the vocal charge of this harmony-heavy ensemble, which is touring behind 2011's Take the High Road (Saguaro Road Records), yet another genre-bouncing exploration that leans towards the southern side of the dial. Sunday afternoon at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino (preceded by a brunch): www.thevenuechicago.com.
BoDeans go acoustic: Very few venues across the world are as acoustically pristine as Chicago's Orchestra Hall, so it's no surprise to find the BoDeans unplugging to let its sounds speak for themselves. The Midwest favorites turn in a working class brand of roots rock and adult alternative, but it's also a safe bet they'll blast into the "Party of Five" theme song "Closer To Free." Saturday at Orchestra Hall: www.cso.org.
The Plimsouls unearthed: One of the most pure bred rock n' roll bands of the post-punk/new wave era is back with a previously unreleased archive album. The Plimsouls find 17 of its most beloved tracks compiled from a 1983 concert at California's The Golden Bear on Beach Town Confidential (Alive), including the only recordings of "Making Time, "Price of Love," "Fall On You" and "You Can't Judge a Book" (amongst others). The Peter Case-led band was also the co-pilot behind The Nerves and The Breakaways with Paul Collins (also of The Beat fame) with this spring finding the two long lost collaborators reuniting on the road.
Macca's silly love songs: Pretty much every aging pop star's churned out a standards disc these days, and though it might not seem up Paul McCartney's alley, he's always been a sucker for a silly love song. Of course, the cuts he picked for Kisses On the Bottom (Hear Music) are generally considered classics, and thankfully, Sir Macca does justice to cuts by Irving Berlin, Fats Waller and Johnny Mercer (amongst others), plus a pair of like-minded originals.
Seal's second round of soul: After a successful first round of covers, Seal settles snuggly into Soul 2 (Reprise), his second disc of classic R&B and quiet storm covers. Though the veteran has been known to take greater risks in the past, there's no denying his stunning vocal capabilities throughout this 11 track collection, which pays a crisply produced tribute to a mixture of familiar and all but forgotten gems from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, The Delfonics and more.
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