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By Andy Argyrakis
AC/DC Weekend Report: AC/DC returns, Artists urge voting
Friday, October 31, 2008

Almost a decade has passed since AC/DC's been on the road in official capacity, though as recent solo gigs from front man Brian Johnson indicate, his voice is still capable of nailing even the highest notes from the group's ear piercing catalogue. But this round out is more than merely a greatest hits show, considering the bawdy ball breakers just released the new studio CD Black Ice. Though questionable in its Wal-Mart only distribution, the licks are still fairly fierce, as it's the front man's fiery delivery. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

The Old Town School of Folk Music is one of Chicago's most regarded artistic institutions spanning performers of all genres and eras. This weekend, the venue will be the subject of a benefit concert by the legendary Mavis Staples, alongside Booker T and the MG's for a one night only double bill. The former is fresh off the recording of Mavis Staples Live: Hope at the Hideout (Anti- Records),Beastie Boys while the latter is often considered at the top of the crop in soulful instrumental acts contexts, serving as the house band for Stax Records. (Bet your life - Saturday at Harris Theater for Music and Dance- Chicago, IL: www.harristheaterchicago.org).

Artists and politics can often be a tricky mix, but when it comes the latest Get Out & Vote billing in support of Rock the Vote, they're hands down the most qualified acts to mix the two. Headliners the Beastie Boys have never shied away from the topic, nor has modern day hippie Ben Harper or comical rockers Tenacious D. Yet even more appropriate are David Crosby and Graham Nash, who are currently touring as a duo, but were prominent voices of the original protest era alongside group mates Stephen Stills and Neil Young. (Bet your life - Sunday at U.S. Cellular Arena- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com)
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Street Week: Another Adams attack, Willie and Wynton play the blues
Monday, October 27, 2008

After teaming up in the studio earlier this year, Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis recreated its one of a kind partnership in concert as chronicled on the DVD Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (Eagle Eye Media). The collection is centered around the blues, but also pulls from each players' respective country and jazz pedigree while exploring selections from the recently released Two Men With the Blues CD. The set list includes unique interpretations of "Georgia On My Mind," "Ain't Nobody's Business" and "Down By the Riverside," along with a newly stylized take on Nelson's longtime staple "Stardust."

In keeping with his prolific streak, Ryan Adams re-teams with The Cardinals (Neal Casal on guitar, Chris Feinstein on bass, Jon Graboff on pedal steel and Brad Pemberton on drums) to drop Cardinology (Lost Highway). Though that title mightRyan Adams sound like a career anthology, it's in fact another brand new project strewn with a dozen insurgent country/alt-rock tunes. The project coincides with an upcoming area tour supporting enduring British rockers Oasis.

The Cure's latest CD has been plagued with delays, including the postponement of last fall's tour so Robert Smith and his cast of on again/off again backers could put the finishing touches on 4:13 Dream (Geffen). Now a full year later (with several single releases along the way), it's finally seeing the light of day, marking the goth group's first new recording in four years and thirteenth full-length album overall.

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