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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks:
A solo Black Crowe, Company of Thieves' homecoming and a dose of colossal country
Monday, March 5, 2012
Company of Thieves' homecoming: Since debuting in 2007, Chicago's own Company of Thieves toured with OK Go, The Hold Steady and Annuals, alongside a slot on 2010's Lollapalooza. For its sophomore CD Running From a Gamble, the female-fronted indie rockers (who include a former member of The Hush Sound) teamed with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) to recall a grunge-infused version of Fiona Apple. Friday at Metro: www.metrochicago.com.
A dose of colossal country: In just six short years, Lady Antebellum skyrocketed from one of country music's freshest faces to one of the genre's most creative and commercially viable acts thus far this century. While the group has respect for rootsy tradition, the trio also possesses plenty of crossover appeal, as evidenced in the smash single "Need You Now" swooping up Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Record of the Year." Adding value to the evening are opening sets from Hootie and the Blowfish singer turned solo star Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. Friday at Allstate Arena: www.ticketmaster.com.
A solo Black Crowe: Just for the record, The Black Crowes are still together and going strong, but that doesn't mean members don't sidestep on occasion for solo projects. Enter this up close and personal show by guitarist Rich Robinson, who unveils his latest solo CD Through a Crooked Sun in all its bluesy, roots rockin' glory. Friday at Schubas: www.schubas.com.
A Broadway In Chicago bonus: Based on the blockbuster move of the same name, "Bring It On: The Musical" takes a tongue in cheek approach to competitive cheerleading and over-the-top team rivalries with a dual emphasis on choreography and comedy. Behind the scenes, it features some of the Big Apple's most notable names, including Tony Award-winning writer Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q"), Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In The Heights"), Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal") and lyricist Amanda Green ("High Fidelity"). Tuesday-March 25 at Cadillac Palace Theatre: www.broadwayinchicago.com.
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