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By Andy Argyrakis
Earle's ongoing insurgence, Midwest indie rock
Friday, March 7, 2008
As one of this generation's most politically and socially minded insurgent country gunslingers, Steve Earle is never afraid to speak his mind, evidenced once again on 2007's Washington Square Serenade (New West). Outside of signature songwriting, the project features his wife Allison Moorer and the Brazilian troupe Forro In The Dark, while the subsequent tour marks a chance to see the troubadour up close and personal following his recurring role of Waylon on HBO's drama "The Wire." (Bet your life: Friday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com and Saturday at Barrymore Theatre- Madison, WI: www.barrymorelive.com).
Indie rockers Fever Marlene may be best known around Milwaukee and Chicago, but the former Madison classmates also took a recent bite out of the Big Apple. The group's upcoming CD White China was recorded at New York City's legendary Chelsea Hotel, while a photo journal of the experience and documentary DVD are also on the way. Outside of this show serving as a record release party, Windy City indie rockers The Redwalls show off its latest blend of Brit-inspired garage rock from a new self-titled release after parting company with Capitol Records. (Worth a shot: Friday at Turner Hall Ballroom- Milwaukee, WI: www.turnerhall.org).
Delmark Records remains the oldest indie label in existence and it commemorates a major milestone this weekend as owner Bob Koester celebrates fifty five years in the music business. As a result, the blues community is paying tribute at Buddy Guy's Legends with the preliminary line-up including Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Dawkins, Byther Smith, Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Shirley Johnson, Zora Young, Michael Coleman, Aaron Moore, Big DooWopper, Lurrie Bell, Dave Specter and Eddie Shaw. Of course, anything is possible at a bash of this nature, especially considering the venue's known to have its owner and loads of rock n' roll luminaries drop by at moment's notice. (Bet your life: Friday at Buddy Guy's Legends- Chicago, IL: www.buddyguys.com).
Street Week: Bauhaus
Monday March 3, 2008
Twenty-five years is a painful amount of time to wait in between studio CDs, especially in the case of the iconic alt-rock band Bauhaus. Go Away White streets as an independent release, but collects key members Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins (hot off the heels of a tour supporting Nine Inch Nails). The British gothic rockers will revisit its blend of dark and glam-inspired anthems, all the while spanning the spectrum of sophisticated pop to brooding experimentalism. But don't automatically expect a tour from the iconic ensemble, according to Haskins' vague but recent quote on Billboard.com: "We were getting along really well, but there was an incident that occurred. Some of us just felt that we didn't want to carry on as a working unit."
Blues legend Albert Collins died from cancer in 1993, but one of his last hurrahs has finally been released via the separate CD and DVD projects Live at Montreux 1992 (Eagle Rock). The audio portion traces seven scalding tunes (covering his early classic "Frosty" to late career cuts like "Iceman"), while the DVD is packed with bonus tracks by "The Master of the Telecaster" from a 1979 show at the same festival. "Frosty" is reprised in that retro footage, along with "Listen Here," "Snatchin' It Back" and "Cold Cold Feeling."
Music listeners hoping to beat the winter blues in general will also notice an increased release cycle, starting with this week's unofficial kick off to spring. Leaders of the pack include Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks with Real Emotional Trash (Matador), plus The Black Crowes' long awaited studio return Warpaint (Silver Arrow). Also expect to see the BoDeans drop Still (He and He), Flogging Molly's Float (Side One Dummy) and Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac (Geffen) beefed up with extra tracks.
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