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By Andy Argyrakis
Marty Casey Weekend Report: Cave continues with Bad Seeds, Casey goes green
Friday, September 26, 2008

Chicago-based singer/songwriter/television star and now jeweler Marty Casey will add some star power to the Morton Arboretum this month when promoting his new necklace line in correlation with environmental awareness. The one time contestant on CBS' "Rock Star: INXS" will be selling his "Trees" pendent (inspired by his song of the same name) with the pledge for five trees to be planted with every $95 purchase. Outside of signing autographs (with the first 100 patrons also scoring a free "Trees" CD single), Casey will perform a solo acoustic mini-concert. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Morton Arboretum- Lisle, IL: www.mortonarb.org).

It's been six years since four time Golden Globe, four time Grammy and Oscar winner Robin Williams hit the road, which means he'll have plenty to talk about this tour. Dubbed "Weapons of Self-Destruction," the stand-up comedyNick Cave concert will cover countless political and social observations told with the signature wit of the actor behind "Mork & Mindy," "Good Morning, Vietnam," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting" (to name but a few). (Bet your life - Friday and Saturday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL and Sunday at Milwaukee Theatre- Milwaukee, WI: www.jamusa.com).

Throughout its illustrious career, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have intertwined fascinating narratives with often times brooding (if not downright bizarre) storylines, wrapped around hypnotic instrumentation, dizzying guitar grinds and unpredictable percussion. That direction certainly continues on its latest disc Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (Anti-), but also finds the group leaning in a bluesy, roots rock n' roll direction inspired by Cave's 2007 side project Grinderman, which played a mere handful of Stateside shows (including a couple supporting The White Stripes). (Bet your life - Sunday and Monday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
Kings of Leon Street Week: Kings of Leon vs. Cold War Kids
Monday, September 22, 2008

After making the rounds on RCA, Kings of Leon switch to Columbia for its fourth full-length offering Only By the Night. The southern alt-rockers promise to turn up its amps louder than last year's Because of the Times, and if online leaks are to be believed, the group's diving in an even more rebellious direction. Perhaps taking geographic cues from The White Stripes' recent pursuits, the band set up shop at Nashville's Blackbird Studios to record the latest balls to the wall batch.

Cold War Kids return with its sophomore CD Loyalty To Loyalty on Downtown Records, also the home to Gnarls Barkley and Art Brut. While some labels would want a mere repeat of round one in hopes of capitalizing on a previous cornerstone (which in the case of Robbers & Cowards yielded the single "Hang Me Up To Dry" and critical comparisons to Spoon,Cold War Kids The Walkmen and The White Stripes), round two is noticeably different. Outside of the group's indie rock ideals, the thirteen track collection is wrapped around brooding instrumental sweeps, a bluesy undercurrent, plus a sparse, low end flavoring that gravitates away from the slicker sound of the first.

Pink Floyd player David Gilmour attempts to squeeze the very last product drop out of his cumbersome 2006 album On An Island concept album. Beyond releasing a double disc DVD from the tour last year, he now turns to additional concert contexts from a completely different location and a partially varied set list. The two CD/two DVD Live In Gdansk (Columbia) was captured in Poland featuring a mixture of solo and band hits (most notably "Echoes," "Wish You Were Here" and "Comfortably Numb").

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