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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: X reloaded, The latest from Louis XIV and Lifehouse
Friday, March 21, 2008
It's been a busy week for the fully reunited L.A. punk icons X, who logged in a handful of performances at Austin's SxSW, and more recently, conquered Chicago's Metro. But John Doe, Exene, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom head north for a theatre show showcasing its thirty-first anniversary tour. Though that numeric celebration may seem a bit odd, there's plenty of material to draw from across seven stellar studio CDs and this tour could hopefully be the catalyst for new material. As it stand's right now, X's last proper endeavor was 1993's Hey Zeus! outside of several live audio and visual collections. (Bet your life Friday at Barrymore Theatre- Madison, WI: www.barrymorelive.com).
The recent touring history of Louis XIV includes the diverse platforms of joining David Bowie and Alicia Keys at the Keep a Child Alive Foundation's annual "Black Ball," hitting the European festival circuit with The Killers and Hot Hot Heat, plus joining that latter act and Editors for a full-fledged tour of America. This latest trek finds the glam-tinged garage rockers stepping up to the plate as headliners, dropping tunes from the brand new Slick Dogs and Ponies, which front man Jason Hill confirms is "unlike anything you hear in current music." (Pineapple/Atlantic). (Bet your life Saturday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).
Since debuting at the top of the decade, Lifehouse regularly straddles the line of pleasing the commercial masses and following a more introspective compass. Its latest CD Who We Are (Geffen) simultaneously boasts the singles "First Time" and the title cut, but also presents the more pensive, ethereal centering of "Storm" and "Broken." The show will likely lean heavily on the current project, though the immensely overplayed "Hanging By a Moment" and "You And Me" are more obligatory bets. (Worth a shot Saturday at The Rave Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI: (www.therave.com).
Street Week: MacBook Air commercial queen on CD, Producer turned
Monday, March 17, 2008
The production resume of Daniel Lanois literally reads like a who's who of rock and pop luminaries, spanning the inventive likes of Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, The Neville Brothers and Emmylou Harris. While it's easy to think of him behind the scenes, many listeners might not realize Here Is What Is (Red Floor Records) marks his sixth solo offering (and first proper project on his own label). Outside of Lanois' observations as a troubadour and knob twirler, the project features several famed session men, including drummer Brian Blade (Joni Mitchell) and pianist Garth Hudson (The Band).
She may have been Atlantic Records' flagship newcomer at last week's SxSW, but the general public is probably most familiar with Yael Naim as the angelic voice behind the MacBook Air commercial. As a result from that unsuspecting rise to fame, her corresponding single "New Soul" exploded on iTunes and ramped up early buzz for this week's self-titled CD. Aside from her own blend of piano pop, folk and jazz, the project is perfect for fans of Fiona Apple, Charlotte Martin and Tori Amos.
The plethora of this week's titles also includes indie excitement for Destroyer's Trouble In Dreams (Merge), The Kills' Midnight Boom (Domino) and Be Your Own Pet's Get Awkward (Ecstatic Peace). Classic rock collectors are also likely to clamor for several remastered titles from the Alan Parsons Project (including Turn of a Friendly Card, Pyramid and Stereotomy all on Arista), while bubble gum pop appreciators can find solace through the utterly disposable (though undeniably attractive) Danity Kane on Welcome To The Dollhouse (Bad Boy).
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