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By Andy Argyrakis
Vampire Weekend Weekend Report: Jealous Girlfriends join Nada, A truly Vampire Weekend
Friday, April 4, 2008
Following the highly heralded hype traditions of Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys and Tapes 'n Tapes, dance tipped alternative rockers Vampire Weekend seem to be the talk of just about every town. Outside of perhaps being one the most buzzed about at this year's SxSW, the blog world has latched onto these New York City newcomers like there's no tomorrow and the pretty as a picture foursome since signed with XL Recordings. While pleasant on the surface, the group's self-titled debut is nothing more than a generic indie/pop rock offering with minimal personality, likely to leave concertgoers questioning what all the fuss is about. (Fan club only Friday at High Noon Saloon- Madison, WI: www.high-noon.com; Saturday at Turner Hall Ballroom- Milwaukee, WI: www.turnerhallballroom.org; Sunday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).

Nada Surf remains in fine form following the release of its fifth studio CD Lucky (Barsuk), a project chock full of sophisticated indie pop packed with plenty of spine chilling harmonies. Yet opening act The Jealous Girlfriends is just as interesting, weaving together Brit-pop,The Jealous Girlfriends new wave nuances and sputtering indie rock on its forthcoming self-titled CD. Aside from this month's run of dates, the Brooklyn four piece just wrapped a road trip supporting The Most Serene Republic. (Bet your life Friday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).

Spoon's last trip through town was to ring in 2008 at Metro, though the Austin-bred indie rockers make the leap to the slightly more sizeable Vic Theatre on its latest tour in support of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge). Though fans are guaranteed a pleasing sonic aura, this very site's review of Spoon's 2007 tour indicated a somewhat lethargic stage presence and lack of charisma. Hopefully openers The Walkmen and White Rabbits will add some spice to the line-up, especially since the pair already tag teamed on tour quite extensively. (Worth a shot Friday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Muse Street Week: R.E.M., rocks, Slew of concert collections
Monday, March 31, 2008
After touring extensively touring the globe throughout all of 2007 (including a co-headlining slot alongside Interpol at last year's Lollapalooza), Muse brings all the action to the CD/DVD combo pack Haarp (Warner Brothers). The U.K. critical darlings prove to be more than mere revelers in Radiohead's glory, unfurling a dreamy and ethereal career spanning collection steeped heavily in 2006's masterpiece Black Holes and Revelations. Outside of the songs themselves, expect a flurry of visual scenery and special effects on the DVD installment of this highly anticipated set.

Guitar hero Santana may be hitting the road in support of the recently released hits CD Ultimate Santana, but the DVD Carlos Santana Plays Blues at Montreux is a far more intriguing title. Not only does the set list find itself solely in the blues, but the disc boasts several special guests,Santana including Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Bobby Parker and Buddy Guy. The latter legend trades fiery licks with the headliner throughout :Stormy Monday," "So Many Roads So Many Trains" and a pair of truly original jam sessions.

As previously reported on these very pages, The Rolling Stones also drop the soundtrack to its latest Martin Scorsese-directed concert flick Shine a Light (Interscope), mixing standard singles with deeper cuts. R.E.M. finally returns to its rock roots after several sleeper CDs with the Accelerate (Warner Brothers), wrapped around production from Jacknife Lee (U2, The Hives, Snow Patrol). Moby also follows up the somewhat overlooked 2005 CD Motel with his latest dose of beat derived chill out grooves (and occasional dance cuts) on Last Night (Mute).

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