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By Andy Argyrakis
Over the Rhine Weekend Report: Dolly in Milwaukee, Over the Rhine up close
Friday, November 14, 2008

They may already have a date on the books at the Double Door in December, but husband/wife duo Over the Rhine is stopping by North Central College's relatively new venue The Union (Smoking Popes, Sleeping At Last) for a career spanning set covering highlights from their humble Ohio beginnings nearly twenty years ago. Front woman Karin Bergquist continues soaring with her jazzy, crystalline range, while multi-instrumentalist Linford Detweiler is just as unpredictable as he is ingenious. The one time opening act for Bob Dylan and Paste Magazine darlings recently self-released the limited run Live From Nowhere, Volume 3 and also hit the studio last year for The Trumpet Child (Great Speckled Dog). (Bet your life - Friday at North Central College's The Union- Naperville, IL: www.nccunion.com).

When Brian Wilson returned to the stage a decade ago, it was probably a bit premature if only because he was still sorting out the psychology of a full-fledged reemergence. However, thanks to his recent Smile marathon and several other retrospective outings, the kinks are slowly but surely ironing themselves out, thanks mostly to a sensational backing group Paul McCartney even called "the best touring band in the world." Outside of all Dolly Partonthe Beach Boys classics, Wilson is plugging the new surf-flavored solo CD That Lucky Old Sun (Capitol), though hopefully he'll stick to singing instead of any awkward talking tangents. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Dolly Parton's comeback disc Backwoods Barbie (Dolly Records) just won't slow down, not only lighting up country radio, but also blazing through the pop and even independent artist charts now that the singer/songwriter's emancipated herself from major label life. Between current singles like "Better Get To Livin'" and "Jesus & Gravity" (recently performed on "American Idol"), plus catalogue chestnuts like "I Will Always Love You" and "Islands and the Stream," there's bound to be plenty of sing-a-longs and silliness. Outside Dolly's own outrageous outfits, expect an audience laden with color (and a drag queen or two), though hopefully the entertainer will skip carefully scripted talk and actually dialogue with the crowd off the cuff. (Worth a shot - Monday at Riverside Theater- Milwaukee, WI: www.riversidetheater.org).
Seal Street Week: Ford & Fitzroy back from CMJ, Seal from the soul
Monday, November 10, 2008

When fans last heard from Seal, it was on the dance floor for the superb System that mirrored Madonna's Confessions on a Dance Floor meets hints of Radiohead (as strange as that may sound). The versatile singer makes a complete turn around throughout Soul (Warner Brothers), but it's just as strong given his authentic interpretations of the genre's most notable pillars. Expect tender treatments of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's, World," Al Green's "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)," Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," along with many more.

Brooklyn's latest buzz band Ford & Fitzroy just wrapped up performing several shows at last month's CMJ Music Marathon in anticipation of its new full-length Canyons (The Cougar Label). The indie rockers turn in an epic effort Ford & Fitzroy(especially considering this is its first time out of the gate) blending angular guitars with lush pop melodies. As for the fivesome's curious moniker, it comes from Van Morrison's catalogue cut "Madam George" off the now classic Astral Weeks.

As Billy Corgan continues to limp along fronting the Smashing Pumpkins brand name, the increasingly less relevant front man and his faceless cohorts gear up to release the double disc DVD If All Goes Wrong (Coming Home Media). The first installment is a documentary covering the group's recent "reunion" loaded with interviews from the band, fans, press and famous admirers. The second is a concert collection culled from The Fillmore Residency in San Francisco, including a mixture of old songs, current cuts and previously unreleased material.

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