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By Andy Argyrakis
Sones de Mexico Ensemble Weekend Report: The Cure's comeback, "Traffic" at Steppenwolf, "Buddy" blossoms
Friday, May 16, 2008
As part of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's "Traffic Series" (wrapped around expressions of alternative art), the Grammy nominated Sones de Mexico Ensemble sets up shop for a single show fresh off a stop at Schubas. The Chicago area collective is known for its complex pedigree of the Mexican "son" style, which incorporates huapango, gusto, chilenas and son jarocho that incites a dance-flavored fiesta with every instrumental turn. Outside of turning in original arrangements for traditional Mexican tunes, the troupe regularly experiments with country, jazz, folk and rock. (Bet your life Friday at Steppenwolf- Chicago, IL : www.steppenwolf.org).

Considering The Cure put last fall's tour on hold to finish its latest studio CD, it better be worth the wait! Though the group's untitled thirteenth album isn't slated to hit stores until fall, fans can catch a preview first hand at the show, which is likely to include lead single "The Only One." Still, most will probably pull up to the venue in hopes of hearing a previous spread of gothThe Buddy
Holly Story classics and alternative anthems, including "A Forest," "The Lovecats," "Close To Me," "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm In Love." Of course the real question will be Robert Smith's physical fitness level, which could weigh heavily on his vocal abilities. (Worth a shot Saturday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Looking ahead to the coming week, "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" is gearing up for previews at the Drury Lane Theatre. Outside of tracing the seminal songwriter's life story (which ended much too soon via that tragic plane on "The Day the Music Died"), expect to hear re-interpretations of "Peggy Sue," "Oh Boy!" and "That'll Be the Day" to name a few. Beyond a sheer nostalgia trip, the production points to the entertainer's influence on younger generations, most notably Weezer and its equally colorful "Buddy Holly" hit single. (Bet your life opening Thursday through July 27 at Drury Lane Theatre- Oakbrook Terrace, IL: www.drurylaneoakbrook.com).
Death Cab For Cutie Street Week: Death Cab and Duffy on CD, Marvin on DVD
Monday, May 12, 2008
Though Death Cab For Cutie was once an underground shoegazer sensation, the former Barsuk band struck mainstream acclaim once signing with Atlantic in 2005. Now that the indie rockers are a household name, commercial concessions have trickled into recent releases, continuing in major label contexts via this week's Narrow Stairs. Of course, die-hards could argue the lead single "I Will Possess Your Heart" opens with a momentum building, ethereal jam session, but once the radio portion sets in, it's purely a plain, mid-tempo pop tune. While it's uneventful enough to make detractors cringe, that former faction will likely swoon over the warm harmonies and chilling electronics that have become part of the band's signature sound, no matter how watered down its become.

In old school circles, Marvin Gaye steps up to the plate with the double disc DVD collection What's Going On + Greatest Hits Live (Eagle Vision). The first installment is a 100-minute documentary tracing the Motown man's greatest professional highlights, time at home, on stage and in the studio, plus memories from family, Marvin Gayefriends and other colleagues over his untimely passing. But his sprit continues to live on thanks to the concert disc, which is loaded with seminal soul sing-a-longs like "Let's Get It On," "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Newcomer Duffy also evokes qualities of yesteryear on Rockferry (Mercury), which is drawing retro comparisons to Amy Winehouse, but is perhaps more accurately a less charismatic reincarnation of Dusty Springfield. Alternative country mainstays Old 97's turn in Blame It On Gravity (New West), Chicago alt-rock duo Local H drops 12 Angry Months (Shout Factory), while rock n' rollers The Architects release Vice (Anodyne) to coincide with a tour alongside Burning Brides and Bellrays.

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