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By Andy Argyrakis
Friday, February 8, 2008
He may be 82-years-old, but B.B. King remains a road warrior who's passion is perhaps even greater these days than when he first began recording in the 1940s. Though he doesn't have a new album to plug, there's plenty of history on display during this hits tour, which is sure to find the revered bluesman in feisty form. If last summer's appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival was any indication, expect King's blustery vocals and axe-slinging skills to be finely preserved and remarkably potent. (Bet your life/ Friday at The Center for Performing Arts- University Park, IL: www.centertickets.net or Saturday at Genesee Theatre- Waukegan, IL: www.geneseetheatre.com).
The phenomenon of Pink Floyd picked up at full steam following the band's reunion at Live 8, but it wasn't enough to keep members together past that single day. Still, principle players Roger Waters and David Gilmour staged successful solo tours between now and then, enabling the band's catalogue to continue selling at a rapid pace. For those wanting to relive those sounds and potent visuals (without paying the hefty prices), there's always the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, which is basically a slickly choreographed light show to group's greatest hits. The colored patterns are sure to be fantastic, but without any of the real members performing live, it's a somewhat odd form of flattery that could fall even flatter than a traditional tribute band. (Fan club only/ Friday at Riverside Theater- Milwaukee, IL: www.riversidetheater.org or Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.hob.com.).
Cat Power has no problem earning press, but it's not always because of her musical merit. The singer/songwriter is often times guilty of turning in erratic performances and even canceling on occasion (though by no means to the severe degrees of Amy Winehouse). For those able to put previous temper tantrums aside, this current outing is her and Dirty Delta Blues' first behind the recently released covers CD Jukebox (Matador), though the set list is also likely to include last year's offering on the same label The Greatest. (Worth a shot/ Sunday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Street Week: Lenny's revolution of love, Roxy on DVD
Monday, February 4, 2008
The relatively consistent CD release cycle for Lenny Kravitz continues this week with his eighth studio album It's Time for a Love Revolution (Virgin). As the title implies, the project keys into his peace promoting ideals and unity across all associations, not to mention a blend of retro rock with psychedelic nuances and occasional funk smatterings. Additional insight into the album comes from Kravitz's recent comment to a sold out Chicago concert crowd: "People keep asking what does this love revolution mean?' and it's really very simple," he shared at the Riviera Theatre late last month. "I have this desire one day that we will have peace throughout the planet...but that won't come without a global change of consciousness."
Though the semi-reunited Roxy Music is immensely overdue for a collection of new material, at least the DVD retrospective Thrill of It All: A Visual History 1972-1982 (Virgin) covers the band in its finest form. The self-explanatory set is spread across two discs and features the corresponding video clips to several songs from the similarity titled box set. Despite being available overseas for quite sometime, this is the first ever American release of the title in the NTSC format.
Neo-soul sultan Jill Scott hits fans with the one two punch of a concert CD and accompanying DVD. Live In Paris (Hidden Beach) includes eight audio tracks from a performance in France, plus those same songs repeated visually, along with bonus footage from a 2007 House of Blues gig in Los Angeles. This deluxe set also includes a behind the scenes documentary following Scott and her fans throughout the streets of Paris.
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