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By Andy Argyrakis
STP Weekend Report: Voodoo Music Experience celebrates ten years
Friday, October 24, 2008

No matter how many natural disasters threaten New Orleans, the Voodoo Music Experience always presses on to the point that the uninterrupted alternative arts celebration is about to hit its tenth anniversary. This year, like those that preceded it, the line-up is stacked with superstars across three days of morning to night music, starting with Friday's headliners Stone Temple Pilots. Whether sober or smashed, the group's front man Scott Weiland is amongst the most dynamic in all of rock history and is sure to be on given the expansive settings. The first night also boasts performances from TV on the Radio, Erykah Badu, Reverend Horton Heat, The Gutter Twins, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean and Angels & Airwaves.

Saturday night is headlined by Nine Inch Nails, who return after topping 2005's festivities even in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Between Reznor's intense ties to the Crescent City, coupled with the fact the band's been on the festival NINcircuit all season, expect all out explosiveness. The variety-filled card also includes Lil Wayne, The Mars Volta, Ghostland Observatory, Thievery Corporation, Manchester Orchestra and Innerpartysystem. Also be on the lookout for a variety of key locals, from singer/songwriter Marc Broussard to the funk focused Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk.

The weekend concludes with R.E.M., who remain red hot following this spring's comeback collection Accelerate. Considering Michael Stipe and company generally pull their set list out of a hat, it's impossible to predict what they'll play, though with a catalogue with well over two decades of rich jangle pop, there's plenty of room for experimentation. Also gear up for performances from Panic at the Disco, N.E.R.D., Dashboard Confessional, Lupe Fiasco, Butthole Surfers and Cold War Kids. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at City Park- New Orleans, LA: www.thetenthritual.com).
Happy Mondays Street Week: Happy Mondays memories, Genesis gets boxed
Monday, October 20, 2008

The '90s Manchester scene was defined by bands like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, the latter of whom releases a DVD from its American debut at the tip of that decade. Call the Cops (Eagle Vision) is an impressive account of the then burgeoning band supporting the important Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches album at the famed Sound Factory of New York. The post-punk/alt-rockers turn in rugged versions of several key tracks including "Step On," "Clap Your Hands,' "Do It Better" and "Wrote For Luck."

Following an endless tour in support of its second Atlantic album Comatose that included opening slots for Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether and Flyleaf, Skillet finally releases a tour CD/DVD combo pack. The metallic alternative rockers Peter Gabrielprovide a project jam packed with memories of the extensive trek come Comatose Comes Alive (Atlantic), which includes an audio installment packaged with several acoustic bonus tracks, plus the same set list on DVD backed by videos for hits like "Whispers In the Dark" and "Rebirthing" (both of which were filmed in Chicago).

European audiences get first crack at the third and final installment of Genesis' impressive box set remasters, this time chronicling its most esteemed period with front man Peter Gabriel. Now that the '80s and '90s are out of the way, 1970-1975 (Rhino) is ready to come out of the woodwork with deluxe editions of every studio CD the band released during that time table, plus brand new interviews of insight over those retro sessions. Of course, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is the main opus from that era, and it appears in all its glory, alongside concert clips supporting of the ambitious double album.

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