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By Andy Argyrakis
Sam Phillips Weekend Report: Soulful space rock with Spiritualized, Favorites from Phillips
Friday, September 5, 2008

After seven albums under the production helm of her one time husband T Bone Burnett, singer/songwriter Sam Phillips took up the reigns all by herself on the brand new Don't Do Anything (Nonesuch). It's an awfully bold decision considering the couple's critically acclaimed history, but given her astute gifts as a lyricist, guitarist and pianist, the veteran has no trouble carving out a lean but vitally urgent collection. In concert, she'll likely dig deep into the disc (which includes "Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us," also featured on Burnett's recent Robert Plant/Alison Krauss production Raising Sand), along with a handful of chestnuts from her treasured catalogue. (Bet your life - Saturday and Sunday at Old Town School of Folk Music- Chicago, IL: www.oldtownschool.org)

. There's no denying Derek Trucks' superb slinging skills, especially after being asked to appear at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival last year. From then until now, the twenty-nine-year old entertainer resumed his duties on the road in the Allman Brothers Band and also opened a solo tour for Santana plugging tunes from 2006's Songlines (Legacy). But even with the impressive accolades, SpiritualizedTrucks is prone to jamming much longer than necessary and becoming over indulgent with his soloing, while simultaneously lacking the charisma of either of the above mentioned legends. (Fan club only - Saturday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com)

. Anyone who caught Spiritualized at this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival can attest to an otherworldly experience that found Jason Pierce and his band mates churning out superior space rock mixed with distortion-drenched soul. The troupe is touring behind its sixth studio album Songs In A&E (Universal), which comes after a lengthy break between 2003's Amazing Grace due to the front man's brush with death. Thankfully all the periorbital cellulitis is cleansed from his system, sure to bring an all around spiritual awakening (for lack of a better word) during this two night stand in town. (Bet your life - Monday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com and Tuesday at Turner Hall Ballroom- Milwaukee, WI: www.pabsttheater.org).
Radiohead Street Week: Chemical Brothers compiled, Radiohead on record
Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The vinyl explosion continues this week as Capitol continues to cash in on Radiohead's back catalogue by re-releasing its most famous records. Expect to catch Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail To the Thief in all their gorgeous, gatefold glory, not to mention the glorious sounds packed inside. While rapid fans and collectors will no doubt sweep these up in seconds, listeners on the fence should be forewarned these are being billed as "limited edition" and could go out of print at anytime- that is of course, until the major label machine re-presses them with slightly different packaging or track listings to entice repeat customers (since most new titles don't exactly seem to be lighting Soundscan on fire).

And while they're at it, Capitol also re-issues the immortal Beach Boys' project Pet Sounds on LP to coincide with Brian Wilson's new solo project (which already hit streets in that very same medium). But this week also allows those preferring the CD The Chemical Brothersformat to finally pick up the singer/songwriter's own That Lucky Old Sun, which features a return visit from co-writer Van Dyke Parks. From a sonic and thematic perspective, the project is said to hearken back to the band's glory days.

Everything The Chemical Brothers touch literally turns to gold with last year's We Are the Night becoming the dance duo's fifth consecutive UK chart topper. Add in a Grammy Award, plus nine million career records sales, and the pair of producers/programmers is arguably the club scene's most connective act in history. For those wanting a summary of its best thus far, Brotherhood (Astralwerks) complies thirteen thumping singles and the new song "Keep My Composure" (featuring Spank Rock) in single disc format, along with a double CD box edition stacked with bonus tracks.

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