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By Andy Argyrakis
MXPX Weekend Report: MXPX, MCR and Meat Beat
Friday, April 18, 2008
Elder pop/punk statesmen MXPX recently returned to its indie roots on Secret Weapon, stripping back the major label gloss in favor of more raw production and grittier guitars. Aside from that release, the group is also taking a trip down memory lane thanks to The Ultimate Collection, which complies the group's first run on T&N across two discs. Beyond a career spanning set list on this outing with Chiodos, fans can also get in on the action first hand by submitting a video for the "Karaoke Nights with MxPx" contest, with entry information at www.mxpx.com. (Worth a shot Friday at The Rave Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI: www.therave.com).

Theatric alternative/emo/goth (or whatever) rockers My Chemical Romance return to the more intimate settings following a run of sheds supporting Linkin Park last summer. Anyone who caught the band's gargantuan production surely marveled at its Queen-like grandeur, which likely won't fit into the Congress Theater, but gives die-hards a much more personal experience than cheering from way back on the lawn.MCR The stop marks the group's third trip through town in support of the immensely popular The Black Parade (Reprise) and first with front man Gerard Way as a married man. (Fan club only Friday at Congress Theater- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Throughout the past twenty years, U.K. dance darlings Meat Beat Manifesto set trends in the underground club scene and the mainstream alike, touring as solo headliners with visually interactive shows and remixing the celebrated likes of David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne. This outing comes behind the brand new Autoimmune (Metropolis), which finds figure head Jack Dangers diving deep into the Dubstep landscape, wrapped around rich electronic textures and subdued bass beats. (Bet Your Life Saturday at Abbey Pub- Chicago, IL: www.abbeypub.com ).
The Clash Street Week: Rush and Clash concerts, Mariah and Asia again
Monday, April 14, 2008
It's a double shot of live vintage rock, starting with yet another posthumous release from The Clash, but one that's well worth the wait. On Live Revolution Rock (Sony Legacy), expect to see its seminal punk stylings unfold across a hodgepodge of concert footage, tracing the band's evolution from its infancy to early-80s peak. Expect a mixture of previously unreleased versions of "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A" (from the Manchester Apollo in 1978) and "This Is Radio Clash" (from "Tomorrow Show" with Tom Snyder in 1981) to classic clips like "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" or "Career Opportunities" (both from Shea Stadium in 1982).

In double CD concert contexts, Rush returns with Snakes & Arrows Live (Atlantic), chronicling the 2007 tour of the same name. The set list is split between the band's most recent studio CD (such as the 2008 Grammy nominee "Malignant Narcissism"), along with the instantly Mariah Careyfamiliar "The Spirit of Radio" "Distant Early Warning" and "Tom Sawyer" to name a few. The Canadian progressive heroes hit the road once again this summer to support the project, visiting major amphitheatres and arenas.

This week also marks two major comebacks from a pair of polar opposite artists, starting with fellow prog rock super group Asia. Phoenix (Frontiers/EMI) is the group's first new studio CD in twenty-five years featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (Yes, The Buggles), Steve Howe (Yes), Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer and John Wetton (King Crimson). In hip-hop/R&B contexts, Mariah Carey gets physical on E=MC2 (Island), dropping sensual titles like "Touch My Body" and "Last Kiss" while lusting to beat The Beatles' record of twenty number one tunes.

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