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By Andy Argyrakis
The Tubes Weekend Report: The Tubes return, The Kooks' fan base builds
Friday, October 10, 2008

Those who merely think The Tubes are the 80s purveyors solely known for hits like "Talk To Ya Later" and "She's a Beauty" only have half of the picture behind these avant-garde retro rockers. Like Frank Zappa to a certain extent, the Fee Waybill-led troupe's concert performances were incredibly theatrical, conceptual and even controversial, all groundbreaking concepts when debuting over thirty years ago. From then until now, the group's remained mainstays on the road, attracting a quirky cult following that makes the already adventurous music even more interesting. (Bet your life - Friday at The Hemmens- Elgin, IL:

Ever since The Kooks' second CD Konk was released by Virgin records earlier this year, every alternative press outlet in print and online has offered an opinion on this overly buzzed British band. Though the indie rockers earned instant cred for recording with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air), the band's also made a few questionable moves, like licensing The Kooks"Do You Wanna" to the The CW's Gossip Girl. Given the group's lightening fast growth, they graduated from the club to theatre circuit on this tour, though it remains to be seen if they'll last beyond the lip service. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL:

She may be forever regarded as "The Queen of Hip-hop Soul," but Mary J. Blige continues to evolve with every album to her credit. Her latest Growing Pains (Geffen) is no exception, striking an impressive balance between old school grooves and current dance floor fillers, anchored by the insanely catchy single "Just Fine." She brings along neo-soul crooner Robin Thicke on this outing in what's likely to be a memorable evening of bedroom ballads and soulful throw downs. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL:
Oasis Street Week: Oasis action, Dylan's latest official bootleg
Monday, October 6, 2008

Even a down and dirty scuffle from the Gallagher brothers wouldn't have been as exciting as Noel getting attacked on stage overseas, nor could even that notoriously feuding band stage better pre-album publicity. Antics aside, Oasis is still amongst the best Brit-rock revivalists in the business, occasionally borrowing a bit too much from the Beatles perhaps, but remaining one of the more relevant acts from the genre's '90s invasion. Dig Out Your Soul (Reprise) features eleven new tracks after a three years absence from the studio.

The ongoing series of Bob Dylan bootlegs reaches its eighth installment on Tell Tale Signs (Columbia) boasting twenty-seven rare and previously unreleased tracks. The double disc collection includes concert cuts such as "Cold Irons Bound" (live from Bonnaroo in 2004), young Dylan"Tryin' to Get to Heaven" (live from London in 2000) and "Ring Them Bells" (live from New York's The Supper Club in 1993) to name but a handful. Other highlights from the vaults include several outtakes from the Oh Mercy and Time Out of Mind albums, alongside soundtrack selections like "Huck's Tune" (from Lucky You).

The Clash seems to release more posthumous releases than during the band's actual tenure, but it's hard to fault the iconic punk rockers after putting together such a seminal spread throughout the '70s and '80s. Live At Shea Stadium is the latest live release coming to CD under limited edition status via Sony Legacy, culled from the now classic 1982 concert. Expect to hear several staples like "London Calling," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" and "I Fought the Law" in all their rebellious glory.

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