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By Andy Argyrakis
Waco Brothers Weekend Report: Skillet steps up as headliners, Waco's record release
Friday, March 28, 2008
Chicago's own Bloodshot Records unveils the latest from the Waco Brothers during a record release show at Schubas this weekend. Waco Express and its subsequent tour boasts members of the Mekons, Jesus Jones, Wreck, Gang of Four, who continue turning in a smoky and sweaty blend of crass country tossed with sputtering punk. Beyond that ambitious blend, the band is likely to still be flying high after Monday night's "All the Fame of Lofty Deeds" reading at Victory Gardens Theater, a forthcoming musical that will tell the life story of main man Jon Langford through the script of Chicago rock critic Mark Guarino. (Bet your life Saturday at Schubas- Chicago, IL: www.schubas.com).

The world was struck with shock when the campus of Dekalb's Northern Illinois University transformed into a war zone of gun shots, but after an intense period of mourning, the school's concert venue is back up and running. The inaugural bill following the incident pits local boys done good Cheap Trick alongside rebellious rockers Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. It might be more nostalgicSkillet than the student demographic would normally choose, but hopefully each act's sing-a-long songs will uplift the fallen community. (Worth a shot Saturday at NIU Convocation Center- Dekalb, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Though Atlantic Records' alternative rockers Skillet spent much of last year supporting other acts (including Flyleaf, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace and Seether), this season of 2008 finds the band stepping up the headlining position. Splitting its time between clubs, theatres and arenas in a few cities, the foursome will dive deeper into its latest release Comatose, along with its label debut Collide. No matter what the material, expect a heavy handed dose of power chords, metallic riffs and confident vocals from front man John Cooper, not to mention some of the most infectious (but still introspective) choruses in recent memory. (Bet your life Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Raconteurs Street Week: Welcome returns for Raconteurs, B-52's
Monday, March 24, 2008
Anyone casing the release dates as of late probably had no idea that indie rock super group The Raconteurs would be returning with its second CD so soon. But as reports indicated late last week, that's indeed the case with the band's sophomore project Consolers Of The Lonely (Third Man/Warner Brothers) being rushed to retail. Outside of a traditional version of the disc, expect a vinyl edition and various downloads (including a 320kb fidelity download available from the band's website). And even though Jack White's other band The White Stripes canceled much of its tour last year, several Raconteurs concert dates (particularly festivals) are rapidly hitting the books.

Thanks to enduring party anthems like "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster" dominating the radio, it might not seem like 16 years since The B-52's last release, but that's the exact duration between 1992's Good Stuff and the brand new Funplex (Astralwerks). The enduring Athens alt-rockers turn in eleven tunes in its wacky tradition, The B-52'swrapped around the core foursome of Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider and Keith Strickland. Expect an extensive headlining tour to coincide with the peppy collection, followed by a summer run with Cyndi Lauper in support of equal rights awareness for the gay community.

One time bubble gum pop/rockers Panic At The Disco take a second crack at the charts with Pretty Odd (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen), steering towards the sounds of the 1960s (including influences as unexpected as The Beach Boys). Morrissey's latest Greatest Hits (Decca) is fleshed out as a deluxe edition, which includes a bonus disc and the exclusive American track "That's How People Grow Up." Frequent Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham also turns in a concert CD/DVD project aptly titled Live at the Bass Performance Hall (Reprise), featuring the group's greatest hits and solo selections.

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