This Week's Picks:
Refused reunites, Weezer plays the slots, plus timeless tunes from Taylor
Monday, July 23, 2012
Refused reunites: One of the most influential acts in hardcore punk history was also one of the most short lived. Forming in 1991 in Sweden and breaking up in 1998, the group recorded just three studio CDs (even vowing to never reunite), but have since been welcomed back with open arms at Coachella and a slew of international festivals. See if the politically-charged powerhouses still have it during this full-length show of pummeling power. Thursday, July 26 at Congress Theater: www.congresschicago.com.
Weezer plays the slots: After playing pretty much every venue in downtown Chicago, Weezer takes a gamble by heading slightly south to Hammond, Indiana for a night of glorious geek rock. Though recent tours have played certain albums from front to back, this outing puts the group's celebrated alt-rock catagloue on shuffle, which means everything from "Buddy Holly" and "Say It Ain't So" through "Hash Pipe" and "Trouble Maker." Friday, July 27 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino: www.thevenuechicago.com.
Timeless tunes from Taylor: With a voice that could practically inspire world peace, James Taylor makes a return appearance with his trusty guitar (and always ultra-tight band) in tow. The outing follows his box office blockbuster double bill with Carole King, though this time through, core followers get a full set of songs from "Sweet Baby James," loaded with the likes of "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend," "Carolina In My Mind" and "Something In the Way She Moves." Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 at Ravinia: www.ravinia.org.