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By Andy Argyrakis
Supreme indie supergroup, the original "Jersey Boy," Johnson's surf-friendly indie pop
Monday, September 30, 2013


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Supreme indie supergroup: As a relatively new group with just one album under its belt (2013's "Amok"), it might seem strange that Atoms For Peace is already at the arena headlining level. Then again, when the membership consists of singer Thom Yorke (Radiohead), bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), keyboardist Nigel Godrich (frequent Radiohead producer), drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and percussionist Mauro Refosco (Forro in the Dark), it's certainly understandable and likely to have no trouble selling out. Even with so many famous players, make no mistake this is an alternative rock/experimental electronic act of its own accord and set lists lean heavily towards its freshman effort and Yorke's equally eclectic solo career. Wednesday, October 2 at UIC Pavilion: www.jamusa.com.

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The original "Jersey Boy": Millions have heard his songs and stories in the biographical Broadway blockbuster "Jersey Boys," though there's no one better to sing those classic doo-wop tunes than Frankie Valli himself. Backed by the latest incarnation of The Four Seasons, the soulful singer promises all the smash singles, from golden oldies like "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry," to the booming ballad "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and the '70s sing-a-long "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)." Saturday, October 5 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

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Johnson's surf-friendly indie pop: In the most obvious sense, Jack Johnson could be considered the folk rock/indie pop equivalent to Jimmy Buffett with his penchant for writing laid back party songs. Add in the fact that he surfs and incorporates that beachy vibe into his acoustic motif, and this up close concert centered around tunes from the new "From Here To Now To You" could quite possibly give the Windy City a return to summer (at least for one night). Sunday, October 6 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

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