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By Andy Argyrakis
Cheech & Chong Weekend Report: Kaiser Chiefs comeback, Crazy round of comedy
Friday, November 7, 2008

For jam band appreciators, Widespread Panic has slowly become heirs of the genre's thrown inadvertently handed down from The Grateful Dead and Phish. Though not nearly as talented as either and doubly annoying than both, the group continues to sell tickets by the truckload, leading to three consecutive nights at the Riverside Theatre. If last summer's Bonnaroo set was any indication, expect several hours of hippy trippiness that could give anyone in even the most ventilated corner of the venue a secondhand high. (Fan club only - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Theatre- Milwaukee, WI:

The most successful comedic duo of all time is best known across eight major movies and nine best selling comedy albums, but the pair is also known to tour on occasion. Though it's been twenty five years since the two last hit Kaiser Chiefstouring trails, the legendary duo is back in action and selling out shows faster than the first time around. The irreverent pals are known for their counter-culture comedy, off color assessments and no-holds-barred spontaneity, sure to make anyone's sides split. (Bet your life - Saturday at Rosemont Theatre- Rosemont, IL:

After breaking big during the dance rock craze, it's impressive to see the Kaiser Chiefs still holding on after three CDs (even if each has been less visible than its predecessor). The Mod-flavored rockers breeze through the Windy City supporting the brand new Off With Their Heads (Universal), which has thus far spawned the single "Never Miss a Beat." Of course, there should be plenty of golden oldies on the set list, including the infectious "I Predict a Riot" and "Modern Way." (Bet your life - Thursday at Park West- Chicago, IL:
Muse Street Week: Stacked Twilight soundtrack, Lennon earns all-star tribute
Monday, November 3, 2008

The love story between a vampire and human may be lighting Hollywood on fire, but the soundtrack to Twilight (Chop Shop/Atlantic) is stacked with several of today's top indie and alternative acts. Muse kicks off the disc with the explosive "Supermassive Black Hole," followed by Paramore's pop/punker "Decode." From there, it's an impressive sample of several styles, including the folk-flavored Iron & Wine ("Flightless Bird, American Mouth"), the softer shades of fist pumpers Linkin Park ("Leave Out All the Rest") and the solo side of Perry Farrell ("Go All The Way").

Speaking of multi-artist bills, the DVD Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music (Eagle) is loaded with moving tributes to the late great legend. Guests include the gritty Stone Temple Pilots blazing through "Revolution," Lou Reed John Lennonstrutting through "Jealous Guy," Nelly Furtado teaming with Dave Stewart for "Instant Karma" and Craig David soulfully crooning through "Come Together." Moby, Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright triple team throughout "Across the Universe," while the entire ensemble returns for an inspiring encore of "Give Peace a Chance/Power To the People."

Another DVD of interest is an officially authorized exploration of Duran Duran's synth-pop beginnings. Dubbed Classic Albums: Rio (Eagle), the project features new interviews with the band discussing the groundbreaking new wave work (responsible for the hits "Save a Prayer," "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio"), plus performing several of the selections live from a studio in Boston. Several additional interviews pop up chronicling all angles of the album, including the artwork, subsequent music videos, impact on pop culture and even some weighty opinions from Sir Bob Geldof.

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