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By Andy Argyrakis
This Week's Picks: Coldplay takes charge, Rufus goes pop, Cocker teams with Lewis
Monday, August 6, 2012


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Coldplay takes charge: There's no end in sight to the momentum that Coldplay continues to generate, which in the past year alone included a highly raved about headlining slot at Lollapalooza and a chart topping album. Chris Martin and company are currently touring in support of "Mylo Xyloto" (Capitol), which hearkens back to the group's acoustically-informed beginnings, but also bursts with electronic surges too contagious to contain. Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Rufus goes pop: With a career that's dabbled in everything from baroque pop to opera to Judy Garland covers, it's never easy to predict what direction Rufus Wainwright will head in next. On his latest effort "Out Of The Game" (Verve), the singer/songwriter turns to the straight forward pop of the '70s, evoking greats like Elton John and David Bowie while never sounding sweeter. Fellow troubadour Adam Cohen (Leonard's son) opens the show playing tunes from 2012's poetic masterpiece "Like A Man" (Decca). Wednesday, August 8 at Vic Theatre: www.jamusa.com.

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Cocker teams with Lewis: These days, Huey Lewis & The News is putting its twist on obscure Stax Records gems, as chronicled on the brass-saturated CD "Soulsville" (W.O.W. Records). Double bill mate Joe Cocker is also celebrating the new release "Hard Knocks" (Savoy Label Group), a rockin' blues collection loaded with his signature vocal gusto. Between the slew of sing-a-longs and each act's cross generational appeal, this first ever tour together shouldn't be missed. Friday, August 10 at Ravinia: www.ravinia.org.

This Week's Picks 2012

July 30 - Aug. 5
July 23 - 29
July 16 - 22
July 9 - 15
July 2 - 8
June 25 - July 1
June 18 - 24
June 11 - 17
June 4 - 10
May 28 - June 3
May 21 - 27
May 14 - 20
May 7 - 13
May 1 - 6
April 23 - 30
April 16 - 22
April 6 - 15
April 2 - 8
Mar. 26 - April 1
Mar. 19 - 25
Mar. 12 - 18
Mar. 5 - 11
Feb. 27 - Mar. 4
Feb. 20 - 26
Feb. 13 - 19
Feb. 6 - 12
Jan. 30 - Feb. 5
Jan. 23 - 29
Jan. 16 - 22
Jan. 9 - 15
Jan. 2 - 8
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