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By Andy Argyrakis
Classics from Cohen, Setzer serves up Christmas, Isaak revisits Sun Studios
Monday, November 19, 2012


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Classics from Cohen: Even though Leonard Cohen's latest studio CD is titled "Old Ideas" (Columbia), it actually consists of ten new tunes (and a personally designed album cover). The only old element is Cohen himself, who's now 78-years-old, but thankfully he sounds just as witty as ever alongside his gloriously weathered baritone vocals. Expect plenty of those newer tunes, plus frequently covered classics like "Suzanne" and "Hallelujah." Friday, November 23 at Rosemont Theatre: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Setzer serves up Christmas: Between the rockabilly revival of the Stray Cats through his swing-centered self-titled orchestra, pretty much everything Brian Setzer ever touches turns to gold. His annual holiday tours (featuring that always popular big band) are no exception thanks to a guitar and horn-doused trim on classic carols and newer tunes, also summarized throughout "The Ultimate Christmas Collection" (Surfdog). Friday, November 23 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino: www.thevenuechicago.com.

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Isaak revists Sun Studios: Suave troubadour Chris Isaak has always vocalized an affinity for retro renegades like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, so it's no surprise to see him covering those and several other Sun Records greats on "Beyond The Sun" (Vanguard). Add in his own finger-snapping flashbacks like "Wicked Game," "Somebody's Crying" or "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing," and there are plenty of finely tuned treasures to celebrate. Saturday, November 24 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.


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