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By Andy Argyrakis
Weekend Report: Two shows at Schubas, Tapes 'n Tapes' latest take
Friday, April 11, 2008
Minneapolis-based indie rockers Tapes 'n Tapes seemed to come out of nowhere when its 2005 debut *The Loon* hit streets, but after making all the usual rounds (SxSW, CMJ, Lollapalooza) the groundswell surged at full steam. In fact, that same debut disc was re-released the following year by XL Recordings, backed by tour dates supporting The Futureheads, Metric, The Streets and I Am the World Trade Center. The group's latest offering Walk It Off (also on XL) continues in the group's Pixies meets Pavement direction, as tipped off by the lead single "Hang Them All." (Bet your life Friday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).
The famed Schubas boasts a triple shot of indie rock (plus a DJ) in celebration of Head of Femur's record release, which comes on the heels of tour dates with Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley (to name a few). Great Plains marks the band's third official offering, though one said to focus on songwriting structures and rich melodies in place of previous self-admitted excess. The bill is rounded out by the diverse likes of folk/rock duo Kid Dakota, troubadour Darren Spitzer (of The Changes fame) and DJ Matt Fields. (Worth a shot Friday at Schubas- Chicago: www.schubas.com).
Dance-derived indie rockers Athlete also invade the intimate Schubas in support of its latest CD Beyond the Neighbourhood (Astralwerks). The self-produced batch of new tunes continue in the English outfit's tradition of abundant hooks and meaty melodies, underwritten by a complex songwriting palette (covering the confusions of life one minute to the curious joy of uncertainty). Outside of the show itself, the evening also provides yet another local introduction to the outreach organization To Write Love On Her Arms (seeking to stop self-injury, depression and ultimately suicide). (Worth a shot Sunday at Schubas- Chicago, IL: www.schubas.com).
Street Week: Janet gets hot in Hawaii, New NIN and Nick
Monday, April 7, 2008
Ever since his early days in The Birthday Party, Nick Cave consistently churned out some of the most compelling and unpredictable albums to hit the left of center alternative radar. After spending much of 2007 in the bluesy garage rock side project Grinderman, he returns to full time duty with The Bad Seeds on Dig!!! Lazurus Dig!!! (Anti), the seminal backers responsible for an unrelenting assault of eclectic (and generally electric) instrumentation. "Grinderman was deliberately spare and the concepts were pretty simple," said Cave. "With Dig!!!, Lazarus, Dig!!! we allowed ourselves to get expansive."
While not nearly as groundbreaking as the aforementioned, there's no ignoring Janet Jackson's influence and endurance on the soul, R&B and even hip-hop scenes. And no one can ever take away her sheer sexiness, as demonstrated on the hit laden concert DVD Live In Hawaii (Eagle Vision). Though the mainstream media can't ever seem to shake the infamous wardrobe incident, there's plenty of functioning fashions on this concert collection, plus an endless barrage of familiar favorites. All the ballads are covered ("Let's Wait Awhile," "Come Back To Me"), though the entertainer's in her ultimate element charging the dance floor ("All For You," "Together Again").
Other hotly anticipated titles include Nine Inch Nails' liberation from major label life for the indie offering Ghosts I-IV (featuring thirty-six unnamed instrumentals identified by their track numbers). The Breeders are finally back for its first CD in six years via Mountain Battles (4AD), P.O.D. steers away from its nu-metal beginnings on When Angels and Serpents Dance (Columbia), while indie darlings Fleet Foxes drop Sun Giant EP (Sub Pop).
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