This Week's Picks:
A polished Diamond, see The Sights, Hawthorne Effect heads home, Ringo revs up
Monday, July 2, 2012
A freshly polished Diamond: After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, Neil Diamond's been on a roll, releasing "The Very Best Of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings" and plotting a massive tour. Believe it or not, the project marks his first comprising the most familiar versions of all his hits ("Sweet Caroline," "Cherry, Cherry," "Forever In Blue Jeans," "I'm A Believer"), which are the focus of the arena-sized experience. Friday, July 6 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.
Show up early for The Sights: Technically Tenacious D is the headliner at the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, and while its comedic brand of irreverent rock always hits the spot, be sure to show up early for local heroes Urge Overkill and openers The Sights. Those latter Motor City soul/garage/blues rockers just wrapped up the recording sessions for "Left Over Right," which could fit just as comfortably alongside The Band, Solomon Burke or Bob Seger, packing plenty of pop sensibility at every turn. Saturday, July 7 at Aragon Ballroom: www.jamusa.com.
Hawthorne Effect heads home: There's certainly a heady lyrical bent behind The Hawthorne Effect's full-length debut "Awakefulsleep," which addresses everything from oppression to addiction, yet it puts the foursome on an instantly personal playing field. Chances are those points of connection will translate to the stage during the Chicago-based band's record release show in support of the ten track collection produced by Scott Fritz (Nadia Ali, Martha Berner, Cavalier King). Fans of The White Stripes, T. Rex Metallica and Butch Walker better be there. Saturday, July 7 at Subterranean's SubT Lounge: www.subt.net.
Ringo revs up the All Starrs: Ringo Starr needs no introduction, but what casual onlookers might not realize is his consistently solid solo streak that now includes the 17th studio project "2012." To celebrate, he's hitting the road with a new All Starr Band in tow, including experimental luminary Todd Rundgren, veteran Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), pop favorites Richard Page (Mr. Mister) and Steve Lukather (Toto), plus long time band members Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette. Sunday, July 8 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino: www.thevenuechicago.com .