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By Andy Argyrakis
Anthony Raneri Weekend Report: Bayside singer solo, Veggie Pirates
Friday, January 11, 2008
While many bands are hibernating from the road for the winter, Bayside singer Anthony Raneri is stepping outside of his day job for a round of solo acoustic shows. Though the Victory Records bands normally splits its time between large amphitheatres on the Vans Warped Tour and prominent clubs as headliners, this outing is a much more stripped down affair hitting several coffeehouses. Tonight finds the front man at The Hangout in Edinboro, PA followed by Saturday's stop at the Charleroi Italian Club in Charleroi, PA and Sunday's visit to the Magic Stick in Detroit. Outside of beating the seasonal blues, Raneri wants to "give back to where I came from and give an intimate show for my core fans."

Fellow Warped pals Relient K are also making a major appearance this weekend, but not in traditional concert confines. Instead the Capitol Records rockers take to the silver screen with the title cut to the soundtrack "The Pirates Who Won't Do Anything" (Decca/Universal). Relient KThe comedic cartoon flick is the latest to fall under the Veggie Tales umbrella, featuring talking vegetables with quirky humor (along with additional musical appearances from Grammy Award winning hip-hopper TobyMac).

As for the film itself, today's opening is an all ages endeavor that blends the quick wit of "The Muppets" with plus the playful pirate characters Elliot, Sedgewick and George (played by the series' mainstays Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape). Beyond the vibrant animation and exciting storyline, 80s appreciators are sure to dig the cover of club classic "Rock Lobster" (originally performed by The B-52's) tweaked hysterically to this water-bound plot.
U2 Matinee Club is coming, U2 larger than life
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Even without a new CD, U2 continues to keep a high profile, starting with the holiday season's remastered re-release of The Joshua Tree as a standard, deluxe and box set release. But with the New Year in full-swing, Bono and the boys are upping the ante for the film "U23D," hitting select theatres across the globe on January 23 (following a debut at the Sundance Film Festival). The flick was filmed during the band's extensive 2005 tour and takes a similar approach to the Rolling Stones' IMAX concept from the late 1980s. However, U2 goes beyond the standard floor to ceiling screen to incorporate a three dimensional experience, marking this the first of its kind in rock n' roll contexts.

Concert buffs can also catch a slew of stars on the sixth revival season of PBS' "Soundstage," which kicks off tonight with a new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers episode. Matinee Club2The two part program was filmed on location in Gatorville and also features a duet between Petty and Stevie Nicks during "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Other upcoming episodes include Lifehouse (January 24), Daughtry (January 31) and John Fogerty (February 7 & 14).

Though Matinee Club might not ring a bell as of yet in America, the UK band has built considerable buzz on the electro pop circuit overseas. On February, 19, Stateside audience can judge for themselves when debut disc The Modern LP hits streets on Ninth Wave Records. The London-base trio combines the best of electro and indie rock with new wave influences (crossing the worlds of Blondie, The Cure and Kraftwerk).
Silverchair L7 solo, Double celeb divorce
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
It's been an unstoppable season for Silverchair, including a cross continental tour, Lollapalooza appearance and a brand new EP release. Despite all the professional triumphs, front man Daniel Johns recently took a personal blow when ending his marriage to fellow singer/songwriter Natalie Imbruglia. Outside of being on the road, Johns lives in Australia, while his former wife holds down a separate fort in England. "While we are very sad that our marriage has ended, we want to make it clear that our parting is amicable and we remain friends," the couple jointly offered, citing geographic separation as the main cause. "This mutual decision has not been taken lightly or quickly."

Speaking of Lollapalooza alum, it's been a long time since the name L7 appeared anywhere, though front women Donita Sparks is planning a similar dark pop/alternative comeback on her solo debut Transmiticate (CASH Music). Outside of the February 19 release,L7 Sparks is earning headlines for co-founding CASH (Coalition of Artists and Stake Holders) with Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses fame). The label seeks to bring a direct exchange between artists and their fans to the point where faithful followers can actually become stakeholders in music production.

Billy Joel may have just wrapped an extensive 2007 tour, but he's returning to the road for a gala event with the Philadelphia Orchestra. On Saturday, January 26, the famed piano man turns in his first ever full-fledged performance with a major symphonic backing troupe, performing pop selections, plus debuting the classical work "Waltz No. 2." The touring version of Blue Man Group also joins the bill at the Academy of Music's Amphitheatre, combining its base of eclectic percussion with the orchestra.
Sonic Youth Street Date: Live prog power, Movie tunes
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Last month's film "Juno" earns a soundtrack release that complies a slew of today's most lauded indie rockers with several acclaimed rock n' rollers from yesteryear. The Rhino Records release is represented by the newer class of Cat Power and Belle & Sebastian, while classic acts are split between Buddy Holly, The Kinks and Mott the Hoople. Add in Sonic Youth's "Superstar" or The Velvet Underground's "I'm Sticking With You" and the album is an essential addition to the collection, even for those who haven't caught Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner co-starring in the flick.

In fellow soundtrack contexts, The Wire: And All the Pieces Matter (Nonesuch) also drops a diverse spread of artists when summarizing songs from the past five years of this dramatic HBO TV series. Outside of several tunes by the band Wire, expect Steve Earle's "Feel Alright,"Neal Morse Diablo's "Jail Flick," Solomon Burke's "Fast Train," The Pogues' "The Body Of An American" and Paul Weller's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters." Yet the true price of admission can be aptly summarized in Tom Waits' unmistakable rendition of "Way Down in the Hole."

Prog rock followers across the globe are sure to be celebrating Neal Morse's latest double disc collection officially hitting stores. After some logistical delays, ? Live (Metal Blade) is available in all its glory, covering the critically acclaimed studio CD of the same name in concert contexts. Outside of his solo career, Morse is regarded for his time in Spock's Beard and Transatlantic, plus collaborations with members of Genesis and Dream Theater (to name a few).
R.E.M. New R.E.M. on the way, Kinks coming back?
Monday, January 7, 2008
Four years ago when R.E.M. released Around the Sun, it seemed as though members had officially sunk into middle age mediocrity. Reviews were fairly negative, crowd sizes lessened and the group's recent Live CD/DVD from the tour was bogged down by anything from the relatively recent era. But on April 1, that's supposedly going to change when the band drops Accelerate (Warner Bros.), which is said to live up to that lively title. Plus a test run through the tunes during a mini-residency in Dublin has earned favorable buzz thus far from fans online.

Though there's been no shortage of Ray Davies solo album tidbits these days, his original band The Kinks hasn't exactly been the talk of any town. But if the core line-up reunited, it would likely sell out in any city across the globe, so why not bury the hatchet in favor of milking the cash cow The Kinkslike The Police and Van Halen? According to London's Daily Mail, Ray's all for it: "I spoke to [Pete] Quaife about a month ago and he dearly wants to make another record with me. I think [brother] Dave [Davies is] getting better and Mick [Avory is] still playing. It would be great to get back together just to see what musical ideas we had and what would happen." Dave echoed in a recent website post that although the touring sentiment seems fun, but he's less inclined to re-enter the studio.

Brooklyn-based The Jealous Girlfriends are taking its skillful amalgamation of new wave and Brit-pop on the road this month into February in support of a self-titled CD. The jaunt will be co-headlined by Kevin Devine, with a rotating opening act slot switching between Dave Elkins (of Mae fame), The New Frontiers and AA Bondy.

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