This Week's Picks:
Winwood's several sides, The Cranberries' comeback, Bonnie's fresh batch
Monday, May 14, 2012
Winwood's several sides: If Steve Winwood stopped by any given city for a full week, he probably still wouldn't be able to address everything from his time with Traffic, Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group and an illustrious solo career. Even so, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is always incredibly generous when it comes to career spanning sets and is putting a particularly heavy emphasis on his celebrated psychedelic/blues rock period inspired by a recent tour and concert album with Eric Clapton. Tuesday, May 15 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.
The Cranberries comeback: For the first time in just over ten years, The Cranberries turned in a studio album, and despite the time apart, sound just as sweet and sassy as before. Throughout Roses (Cooking Vinyl), the Irish foursome pretty much picks up where 2001's Wake Up and Smell the Coffee left off, but with a reinvigorated spirit and noticeable maturity. Wednesday, May 16 at Riviera Theatre: www.jamusa.com.
Bonnie's fresh batch: Speaking of long delays between discs, Bonnie Raitt returns after a seven year absence for a self-produced affair on her very own Redwing Records label. Throughout the dozen cuts, the tunesmith sounds especially assertive, blending the best of blues, soul and slide guitar, all weaved around her unmistakable vocals. Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.