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By Andy Argyrakis
Linkin Park Weekend Report: Cooper craziness, Linkin Park's latest Revolution
Friday, August 15, 2008

Outside of the Vans Warped Tour, Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution is arguably the largest alternative rock outing on the road this summer. Aside from boasting those hit making headliners, this year's line-up includes Soundgarden/Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, dance rockers The Bravery, hardcore heroes Atreyu and pop/punkers Hawthorne Heights (to name a few). Though not as strong as last year's outing of the same name (which featured My Chemical Romance at its prime, plus Placebo, Talking Back Sunday and HIM), it's still big enough to envelope the massive Alpine Valley. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre- East Troy, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

Perhaps the slickest dresser since Elvis Presley himself, the ultra-cool retro crooner Chris Isaak returns to the road to address his illustrious catalogue. Though it's been ages since recording a proper studio CD (2002's Always Got Tonight to be exact), Chris Isaakhe's filled the time with a Christmas and best of collection. But the singer/songwriter's also been busy as an actor, starring in a variety of film and television roles, including his own "The Chris Isaak Show" on Showtime. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Morton Arboretum- Lisle, IL: www.mortonarb.org).

Forget the fact that Alice Cooper turned 60 this year because the second he cakes on the mascara and guyliner, it might as well be the 1970s all over again. Add in his signature theatrical tactics (from the guillotine to the boa constrictor) and the shock rocker is amongst one of the most well rounded entertainers of all time. Musically he's still up to par on the new Along Came a Spider (SPV), which marks an impressive milestone as his 25th studio collection to date. (Bet your life - Tuesday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).

David Byrne Street Week: Byrne's latest soundtrack, More Goo's greatest
Monday, August 11, 2008

Talking Heads mastermind turned David Byrne isn't turning to the group's Afro-pop stylings for his latest solo CD (even if that sound's earning extra exposure from indie upstarts Vampire Weekend). Instead Big Love: Hymnal (Suma) is score to the second season of HBO's show of the same name. "I had an idea to base my scoring loosely on Mormon hymns," the singer/songwriter says of his first new project since 2004's Grown Backwards. "That would presumably hint at the unspoken spiritual underpinnings that motivate many of the characters' actions- or justify them, in some characters' cases. I got hymnals and Mormon Hymns CDs, read up on the Mormon Church and began to practice writing 'fake' hymns."

There's no denying the Goo Goo Dolls alt-rock hit parade over the years, but two discs of greatest hits is pushing it. In fact, the audio installment of Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (Warner Brothers) is virtually pointless considering the main tracks Goo Goo Dollswere already included on the first installment, though core fans can view this as a chance to collect some b-sides, rarities and covers. The DVD portion is a little more worthwhile considering it's the first extensive visual compilation of the band, but it also points out the Goos are long overdue for a new studio set.

Plenty of other impressive projects hits street this week, starting with dance rockers Dandy Warhols, who drop Earth To Dandy Warhols (World's Fair). Classic country star George Jones brushes off Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets (Bandit), loaded with collaborations alongside Dolly Parton, Keith Richards, Vince Gill and Mark Knopfler. And for pop/punk lovers, Chicago's hottest find since Fall Out Boy The Academy Is... turn in the cheekily titled Fast Times at Barrington High (Fueled By Ramen).

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