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By Andy Argyrakis
White Rabbits Weekend Report: Bowie box set, Indie rock double shot
Friday, January 18, 2008
The winter months are finally heating up with one of indie rock's most anticipated double bills featuring White Rabbits and The Walkmen. After kicking off mid-week, the outing visits Milwaukee's Turner Hall tonight, Madison's High Noon on Saturday and Chicago's Schubas come Sunday. White Rabbits are coming off an explosive year supporting Fort Nightly, including "Debut Album of 2007" by New York Magazine and the "#1 Album of 2007" by the readers of The Trip Wire. The Walkmen continue plugging 2006's A Hundred Miles Off (Record Collection) and may also revisit songs from that same year's Pussy Cats (covering Harry Nilsson's 1974 album of the same name in its entirety).

Pop diva Mariah Carey had her share of meltdowns throughout the years, but the last few have found her career in a surprising upswing. Those needing to see for themselves can turn to the DVD pick Adventures of Mimi,Mariah Carey comprised of concert and documentary footage behind 2006's The Emancipation of Mimi outing. But just like the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' package suggested last weekend, this double disc set is available exclusively at Best Buy.

Those looking for a marathon musical activity without having to leave the house can also turn to David Bowie's recent self-titled box set. Though there are several different compilations on the market, this ten disc Sony package features a full-fledged re-release of all five albums from Outside through Reality. Each LP styled package also comes with a second disc of bonus cuts, rarities and b-sides that were mostly only available on CD singles.
Lou Reed Mute Math's opening slot, SxSW sprinkling
Thursday, January 17, 2008
With South By Southwest Music Conference and Film Festival registration in full swing for 2008, organizers are slowly but surely unveiling the line-up of performers and speakers. The keynote address comes from iconic rocker Lou Reed, which will be held in conjunction with a screening of Julian Schnabel's film "Lou Reed's 'Berlin.'" Outside of discussing that groundbreaking 1973 album, expect a full-fledged conversation about his days in the Velvet Underground through solo superstardom.

Pop tunesmith Daryl Hall also appears on the speaking circuit, talking about his role in Hall and Oates, plus the solo years. He'll also double dip as a performer, likely to include songs like "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl," which may be from the lighter side of the dial, but scored indie credibility as of late thanks to Mute Mathfanfare from Death Cab For Cutie. R.E.M. is also slated to perform in one of the headlining positions, unveiling tunes from the forthcoming Accelerate (Warner Bros.), due out April 1.

Festival regulars Mute Math are branching beyond the club ranks to open for Matchbox Twenty and Alanis Morissette's arena outing. Even though the rooms may be bigger, the New Orleans-based band should have no trouble filling the space with its gargantuan, futuristic production that blurs together the worlds of Radiohead and U2. Outside of the prominent spring touring slot, the group is also basking in a Grammy nod for "Best Short Form Video" based off the song "Typical." Contrary to the tune's title, the clip is anything but conventional, filmed completely in reverse as seen at the following link:
Less Than Jake Holly hang-up, Less Than Jake returns
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
For the last 16 years, Less Than Jake concurrently ruled the ska and punk scenes, continuing to be staples of the Vans Warped Tour, while regularly releasing new music. Though a studio project is on the way via the band's very own label Sleep It Off, four titles from the band's catalogue will be re-issued outside of major label contexts. On March 18, the CD releases include Goodbye Blue and White, Pezcore and Losers, Kings and Things We Don't Understand, along with the DVD The People's History Of Less Than Jake. As for the new material, "we've been more focused on heavy horns and lots of melody," says co-founder and drummer Vinnie Fiorello. "I personally look forward to some time in the studio. I miss that cabin fever feeling."

Buddy Holly also earned his fair share of posthumous re-issues and tributes, though an upcoming book project could taint his reputation, according to widow Maria Elena Holly. It turns out Peggy Sue Gerron (the woman referenced in the smash single "Peggy Sue") is currently putting finishing touches on the text What Ever Happened to Peggy Sue? Buddy HollyAll the attention comes on the fiftieth anniversary of the song, but according to the surviving Holly, the celebration should be over the track itself and not the unauthorized story behind it.

Singer/songwriter Liam Finn already has a platform thanks to his famous father Neil, along with that father and son combination on Crowded House's most recent tour. Though it would be easy to assume the two sound the same, Liam's upcoming solo disc I'll Be Lightening (out January 22 on Yep Roc) was just compared to Todd Rundgren's now classic Something/Anything by Spin Magazine. Though perhaps not as psychedelic sounding, early concert indications suggest an incredibly ambitious blend of live instrumentation and loops, reminiscent of a sparser Beck.
Ringo Starr Street Date: The return of Ringo
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Outside of All Starr Band touring contexts, the last bit of news from Ringo Starr's camp was last year's CD/DVD career retrospective on Capitol. The former Beatles beat keeper returns to that very label once again for a brand new studio CD, marking his first official album for the label since 1975 (and follow-up to 2005's Choose Love on Koch). On today's Liverpool 8, Starr turns in a dozen new tracks that hearken back to his classic sound, wrapped under production from the somewhat unlikely Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame).

Indie poppers The Magnetic Fields- led by New York City singer/songwriter Stephin Merritt- also return today with Distortion (Nonesuch). The project comes after the band's 2004 breakthrough disc i on the same label, which catapulted the band into the Billboard Top 200.The Magnetic Fields Expect a full-fledged American tour to follow throughout February and March, including a six show run at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music from March 14-16.

Whether it's welcome or annoying return remains to be seen (and probably depends on the listener), but the Spice Girls are indeed back spreading "girl power" to the masses. To correspond with an extensive international tour, Baby (Emma), Ginger (Geri), Scary (Mel B.), Sporty (Melanie C.) and Posh (Victoria) officially release Greatest Hits to stores, complete with a bonus DVD of music videos. Outside of all the usual suspects ("Wannabe," "2 Become 1"), the project also features the ladies turning in the brand new tracks "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" and "Voodoo."
Morrissey OK Go EP, Morrissey in print
Monday, January 14, 2008
Morrissey may be in between studio CDs, but his public profile remains at an all time high with the announcement of a book covering the lives of his crazed fans. The former singer for The Smiths indeed possesses a dedicated arsenal of faithful, who get a chance to tell their tales of meeting the mysterious front man throughout his extensive travels in group or solo contexts. The book will be compiled by uber-fan Dickie Felton, whose met Morrissey twice, has a tattoo of his signature and logged in countless shows across several continents. Those interested in submitting a story can drop the author a line at

Just in time for Mardi Gras (February 5), OK Go is gearing up for a iTunes EP release to benefit musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The five song affair called You're Not Alone is a collaborative effort with the New Orleans-based Bonerama, a funk and soul-centered trombone troupe. Prior to the project's street date, both bands will perform on FOK Goebruary 2 at The 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, which follows in the footsteps of a Crescent City gig earlier this month at the legendary Tipitina's nightclub.

Bob Mould will always be heralded as the mastermind behind post-punkers Husker Du and 90s rockers Sugar, but his solo efforts are also highly regarded in alternative singer/songwriter circles. In fact, Anti- (also the record label home to Tom Waits) recently singed the troubadour to a deal that spawns his next effort District Line on February 5. An extensive tour winds throughout America in March, coming on the heels of a Walt Disney Concert Hall performance.

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