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By Andy Argyrakis
Maroon 5 Weekend Report: A slam dunk double bill and a dud
Friday, August 23, 2008

Just because a double bill is packing outdoor sheds doesn't mean it's worth the dough, most notably in the Maroon 5 half of a co-headlining tour with Counting Crows. Sure the soulful modern rockers can craft a catchy tune or two, but it's at the expense of the most watered down production and trite radio tailoring in recent memory. Bill mates Counting Crows have a little more credibility in its hit-heavy stable, but hopefully the eclectic alt-rock troupe will lean more towards 1993's August and Everything After than 2008's Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings. (Fan club only - Friday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL and Saturday at Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

To national audiences, the name Brooke Barrettsmith may be best associated with "American Idol," but locally she's known as an ambitious alternative rock n' roller. To celebrate her self-titled CD (Sony/BMG/Essential), the singer who writes her own songs in the vein of Liz Phair or fellow "Idol" player Daughtry swings through the Windy City for a record release show. Outside of blazing her own artistic path,Maroon 5 the relative newcomer cites her father as an ongoing influence following his time in the South Side blues scene as a session man alongside Buddy Guy and B.B. King. (Bet your life - Saturday at Clearwater Theater- West Dundee, IL: www.clearwatertheater.com).

It may not occur until this coming week, but it's never too early to secure a ticket to the aforementioned Buddy Guy's latest homecoming show as he shares the stage with Jonny Lang. The 72-year-old legend is currently celebrating the brand new Skin Deep, while his 27-year-old buddy in the blues is ramping up for a new release following 2006's Turn Around. Though the guitar slingers will perform separately, a collaboration could ensure during an encore, especially considering many of Guy's area appearances feature surprise guests. (Bet your life - Thursday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).
The Verve Sreet Week: The Verve's reunion record, Wilson on vinyl
Monday, August 18, 2008

For the first time in a decade, newly reunited Brit-rockers The Verve release a studio CD aptly titled Fourth. Like many major acts from the days of yesteryear, the Richard Ashcroft-led outfit is dropping the disc independently via its imprint On Your Own, which is being run by the group's management Big Life. Though it's unclear if this ten track collection can top the now classic Urban Hymns (best known for the highly sampled hit "Bitter Sweet Symphony"), early indications from a Coachella concert have been overwhelmingly positive.

Though still reeling from the critical praise of the long lost Smile. Brian Wilson recently laid down new material for That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol), which hits streets this week on vinyl before CD on September 2.Brian Wilson This latest batch was recorded at the famed Capitol Records Studios, which he first visited in 1962, and is said to hearken back to this Beach Boy's golden era. Of course the group's brand is still in existence under the direction of Mike Love, though a reunion between the two feuding parties would be the ultimate icing on the cake.

After scoring a sweet slot at Lollapalooza just prior to Rage Against the Machine, grungy alt-rockers Toadies also revisit recording with No Deliverance (Kirtland Records). Cut at various studios in Fort Worth and Austin under producer David Castell (Burden Brothers, Blue October), the project is slated to posses "a bare knuckle sound," with the band taking up more creative control than ever before. "The music industry has changed so much, says guitarist Clark Vogeler. A band like us can be on an independent label and still get the music out to the people who want to hear it."

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