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By Andy Argyrakis
Dolly Parton Weekend Report: Dolly, Crowded House and The Police part two
Friday, May 9, 2008
She was supposed to tour earlier this spring, including a prominent spot at SxSW, but a back injury sidelined Dolly Parton from performing as planned. But she's all rested, recovered and ready to plug her latest purebred country release Backwoods Barbie (Dolly Records), along with all those colorful hits. "Hey, thanks for being patient," says the singer/songwriter. "I'm mending very nicely and will be fit as a fiddle soon. And I'll not only have the fiddle, but the rest of the band as well...We're anxious for you to see our new show and play you some of the new songs." (Worth a shot Friday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

The Police's reunion was all the rage last year (particularly a headlining slot at Bonnaroo and a sold out Wrigley Field gig), so Sting and company are hoping to once again capitalize on the corporate sponsorship. Even in spite of the commercial connotations, the three piece punk rockers are in generally fine form breezing through its greatest hits and a handful of deeper album treasures. Of course the true test will come if the group returns to the studio, though there's still plenty of concerts coming so that won't Crowded Houselikely happen anytime soon. In the meantime, faithful will have to be appeased by this show, which comes with Elvis Costello and the Imposters as the impressive opening act. (Worth a shot Saturday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Another major reunion of 2007 has re-entered the concert calendar in the form of melodic rockers Crowded House. The band earned major raves at last year's Coachella, along with several sold out shows along the way, though this season finds Neil Finn and friends setting up shop in the same city for a few days. At this Vic Theatre double header, the band will surely dust off the golden oldies, plus stellar new selections from Time On Earth (ATO). And given the more personal premise of the tour, expect radically different set lists each show, which makes it tempting to pick up tickets twice this weekend. (Bet your life Saturday and Sunday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Elvis Costello Street Week: BNL for kids, IAMX signs, Elvis' Imposters
Monday, May 5, 2008
In keeping with the increasing major label trend of minimal notice, Elvis Costello and the Imposters prepare to drop Momofuku (Lost Highway). Between the pub rocker's recent rampage through New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival with Allen Toussaint and upcoming dates supporting The Police, time's certainly been tight, but he's been able to crank out a dozen new cuts under a somewhat unusual premise. "The absence of much advance notice or information might seem a little strange and perverse, but the record was made so quickly that I didn't even tell myself about it for a couple weeks," says Costello. "Well, obviously the title is a tribute to Momofuku Ando, the inventor of the Cup Noodle. Like so many things in this world of wonders, all we had to do to make this record was add water."

Equally random though somewhat inevitable is the Barenaked Ladies' latest effort, which translates its adult-oriented humor into children's contexts. Snack Time (Desperation Records) is a twenty-four track collection of quirky kids songsIAMX tied around the group's melodic, left of center pop stylings. Tracks like "Food Party," "The Ninjas," "Allergies" and "Bad Day" are sure to beat Barney and all his annoying friends, while intending to simultaneously appeal to parents.

After conquering the underground club world last year and heading the self-released route, IAMX (featuring Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps) drops a remodeled version of The Alternative on Metropolis Records. The Berlin-based electro rock/goth/synth pop troupe remixed the original recording, remade some of the songs and reworked the packaging to create a more powerful version than the European original. The project comes on the heels of a sold out American tour, a truly impressive feat considering the troupe never released a single disc on Stateside soil until now.

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