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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Foos fresh from the Grammies, A date with the Dolls
Friday, February 22, 2008
Considering the New York Dolls appear at the top of its game these days makes it hard to believe 2008 marks the band's thirty-fifth anniversary. Even though the revelry wasn't always consistent following an iconic 1970s outpouring on the punk scene (Buster Poindexter anyone?), the gang is back thanks to a deal with Roadrunner Records and continues to push all out revelry and androgyny to the limit. "It won't be very long that we'll be together longer than the original band was," jokes front man David Johansen referencing the band's somewhat recent reformation, backed by 2006's new studio CD One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This. (Bet your life: Saturday at Double Door- Chicago, IL: www.doubledoor.com).
Anyone who takes the time to trace Bon Jovi's lengthy career will find the roller coaster rider to be somewhat perplexing. It was odd enough that the New Jersey rebel rockers slowly morphed into the preeminent heartthrobs for soccer moms, but where the hell did country music come from? Not only did the band pop up at 2007's Country Music Television Awards, but the boys recently released the like-minded Lost Highway. In theory, the group's whole hair heavy (and now twang twisted) catalogue will be on display, but let's hope for flashbacks to the distant past in place of sappy power ballads and the Nair-chested Jon's attempt at a southern drawl. (Fan club only: Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Foo Fighters didn't need to win a 2008 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" to prove they were red hot. In fact, all anyone would need to do is check out that very project of recognition Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (which also took home "Best Hard Rock Performance" for "The Pretender" at the same ceremony). The disc finds the group reuniting with The Colour and the Shape producer Gil Norton (The Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen) and cranking out a blend of cacophonic craziness with acoustic introspection. No matter what the format, Dave Grohl and company continue to masterfully walk the line between indie credibility and mainstream accessibility. (Bet your life: Monday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Monday, February 18, 2008
It's a week for singers from famous bands to spread their wings, though in the case of The Kinks' Ray Davies and Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, they've been no strangers to solo circles. For Davies, Working Man's Cafe (New West) marks his second effort in just two years, making up for lost time between a mere smattering of EPs. The British Invasion hero turns in a standard and deluxe edition of the disc, the latter of which features a DVD with footage from his 2001 tour filmed and directed by the singer himself. As for Doughty, the troubadour drops Golden Delicious (ATO), backed by his live band and producer Dan Wilson (of Semisonic fame).
Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner (better known as The Raveonettes) make a label jump from Columbia to Vice (also the home of Bloc Party) for Lust, Lust, Lust. Though it was originally slated for a late 2007 release, the Danish duo did some last minute polishing to offer an even wider spectrum of grange rock and dirty pop, oozing with sensuality. The North American edition of the disc is loaded with two bonus tracks, though those purchasing on vinyl also score a bonus 7-inch and digital download access.
Other titles worth checking out include The Mountain Goats' Heretic Pride (4ad/Ada), Nick Lowe's Jesus of Cool (Yep Roc) and Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar). In DVD contexts, Eagle Rock Entertainment steps up several classic concerts to Blu-ray status including Santana's Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreux 2004, Live at Montreux 2003 and Deep Purple's like minded They All Came Down to Montreux.
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