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By Andy Argyrakis
Franz after four years, plenty of "Weird Al" parodies, plus the jazzy side of Ginger Baker
Monday, October 7, 2013


Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand

Franz after four years: The initial buzz behind Franz Ferdinand may have cooled, but the group continues to churn out consistent albums cloaked in the indie rock/dance pop tradition. The Glasgow gang's first rendezvous through America in four years is slated to include tunes from "Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action" (Domino), plus plenty from its post-punk past. Thursday, October 10 at Vic Theatre: www.jamusa.com.

Weird AL Weird AL Weird AL Weird AL

Plenty of "Weird Al" parodies: Having been the supreme parody king for well over three decades, "Weird Al" Yankovic is now just as famous as his subjects. The singer/songwriter/actor's newest album "Alpocalypse" (Volcano) pokes clever fun at Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars, which coupled with ageless skits tracing Michael Jackson to Nirvana, is sure to warrant a riotous evening. Saturday, October 12 at Rialto Square Theatre: www.rialtosquare.com.

Ginger Baker Ginger Baker Ginger Baker Ginger Baker

The jazzy side of Ginger Baker: Best known for his time in Cream and Blind Faith, Ginger Baker is unequivocally one of the most legendary drummers in rock n' roll history. These days though, he's taken a detour as part of Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion, a rarely touring quartet that describes itself as "progressive jazz originals in a Thelonious Monk style with exciting African rhythms." Monday, October 14 at City Winery: www.citywinery.com/chicago.

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