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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend report: Double shot of Black Mollys, Hives team with Donnas
Friday, February 29, 2008
Howlin' Pelle Almqvist and all of the energy-infused members of The Hives are in the process of invading America again in support of its fifth disc The Black and White Album (Universal). The garage rock group's longevity continues long after the genre's fad resurgence, though this disc also incorporates straight forward slices of good old fashioned rock n' roll, plus touches of gut busting punk. Openers The Donnas adapt a slightly softer side of the same robust formula, switching gears from the major label life of Atlantic to release the indie offering Bitchin' (Purple Feather). (Bet your life - Friday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Chicago-based indie rockers The Black Mollys are making waves throughout the Midwest for merging together the power pop likes of Cheap Trick with the more alternative minded Foo Fighters and the rebellious revelry of Velvet Revolver. The group's supported everyone from Goo Goo Dolls to Gin Blossoms and David Lee Roth on the road and will be linking up with metal mavens Winger this weekend for a three city run (which started last night at the House of Blues in Chicago). Expect contagious tracks from the band's latest CD Ignorance Is Bliss (High Def Records), which was mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and mixed by Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Queen). (Bet your life - Friday at Alrosa Villa- Columbus, OH and Saturday at Harpos- Detroit, MI: www.myspace.com/theblackmollys).
Video game fanatics will no doubt be descending upon "Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY," which makes its American debut this weekend under the direction of the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. The tour hour show brings the famed "Final Fantasy” to life under producer Nobuo Uematsu and Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth, backed by state of the art videos and still shots from the game on massive screens above the expansive band. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Rosemont Theatre- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Street Week: Janet
Monday, February 25, 2008
Ever since the Super Bowl scandal, Janet Jackson's career has been ice cold, partially because conservatives still stewed over that wardrobe snafu, but most likely because her last two CDs were terrible. She attempts to reclaim the top spot of the R&B/pop throne on Discipline (Island) with a little help from red hot producers Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins and Ne-Yo, which has thus far yielded the ultra-infectious club single "Feedback." "As a concept, and even a lifestyle, discipline goes extremely deep," says Janet (Ms. Jackson if you're nasty). "It can be applied to so much about ourselves. In my case, I see it as one of defining aspects of my character. Discipline was there for me from the start. But it was not until this record that I began to understand its full meaning."
Country queen Dolly Parton also scored mounds of press in recent weeks over the postponement and rescheduling of her spring tour due to a back injury. Regardless of her current health status, Backwoods Barbie drops this week, not only marking her inaugural studio CD on the indie venture Dolly Records, but also her first proper country project in almost ten years (after a covers, concert and even a patriotic album). Expect plenty of over the top, southern-fried originals, plus covers as conventional as Smokey Robinson's "The Tracks of My Tears" and as bizarre as Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy."
Despite flopping as a Broadway musical for lacking a plot, the Johnny Cash-approved Ring of Fire: The Musical (Time Life) hits stores as a soundtrack. Though it's not an essential item to own (especially for those who already have The Man In Black's classic catalogue), the cast does provide rousing takes on "I Walk the Line," "The Man Comes Around," "A Boy Named Sue" and "Jackson" (amongst many others).
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