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By Andy Argyrakis
DMB Weekend Report: DMB debut, Rock n' roll dreams come true
Friday, August 8, 2008

With three years since it's last studio CD, there's really no reason for Dave Matthews Band to be on the road, but then again, the troupe tours ever summer with fairly steady ticket sales regardless of the product pool. Though plenty of jams through old tunes are promised, the band will also unveil new selections from a forthcoming project produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Alanis Morissette). Surely this series of shows will be a litmus test for what makes the final cut, but given the fervency of DMB followers, chances are the guys won't have trouble winning anyone over. Additional interest on this bill comes from openers The Black Crowes, supporting the self-released Warpaint. (Worth a shot - Saturday and Sunday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre- East Troy, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

Just as its name implies Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp allows hopeful musicians to get up close and personal with the industry's heaviest hitters in both seminar and concert formats. Though normally a stationary event, this traveling cavalcade of education and entertainment includes counselors Gilby Clarke (Guns n' Roses), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Earl Slick (David Bowie/John Lennon), Dave Ellefson (former Megadeth bassist), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Chris Slade (AC/DC), Mark Hudson (Grammy Award-winning writer/producer,Earl Slick Aerosmith) and Kip Winger (Winger). After all the intimate sessions, Extreme and King's X plug in for a full concert loaded with heavy handed hits from yesteryear. (Worth a shot - Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow seems to have a new lease on life following her clearance from cancer and she's been a trooper on the road ever since. Her latest effort Detours (A&M) is inspired by the current political climate steeped in New Orleans-oriented instrumentation. Bill mate James Blunt isn't nearly as versatile with his fairly pedestrian piano pop and acoustic pop from his sophomore CD All the Lost Souls (Atlantic), but remains a hit with the ladies after showing off his sappy side through "You're Beautiful." (Worth a shot - Sunday at Ravinia Festival- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).

Randy Newman Street Week: Bright Eyes singer solo, New for Newman
Monday, August 4, 2008

Singer/songwriter Randy Newman is regularly regarded for his witty wordplay and Crescent City musical connections. That flavor remains in tact on Harps and Angels (Nonesuch), even if it comes nine years after his last proper studio CD Bad Love. In between now and then, the piano man's been a bit conspicuous by his absence, turning in just a handful of soundtrack songs and the competent but unnecessary The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1 (which featured re-recordings of previous tracks). Nonetheless, the new disc features seven brand new songs and three updated renderings, wrapped around the production of Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker.

Even though Bright Eyes is always steeped in the musings of primary figurehead Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst the brand new solo CD is said to be an even more personal mouthpiece for the celebrated indie rocker. This self-titled project is his first individual offering in 13 years, finding the front man recording with The Mystic Valley Band and signing with Merge. It remains to be seen how similar or different this disc will be from his full time band, but an upcoming tour is likely to highlight both ends of the spectrum.

Several other titles hit stores this week, starting with Indigo Girl Amy Ray, who drops her third solo offering Didn't It Feel Kinder. Ex-Eurythmics member Dave Stewart turns in The Dave Stewart Songbook, Vol. 1 (Surf Dog), backed by his Rock Fabulous Orchestra, which features tracks from the group's heyday, plus those he wrote for Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, Bono, No Doubt and Jon Bon Jovi. The week also includes a few DVDs, including Norah Jones' Live From Austin, TX (Red), the Love documentary Love Story (Start Productions) and Heart's Soundstage Live (Koch Vision), taken from a recent television broadcast.

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