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Camper Van Beethoven Weekend Report: CVB turns twenty-five, Pumpkins celebrate two decades
Friday, November 21, 2008

Time flies when a band spends two and half decades taking the skinheads bowling, but that doesn't mean members have lost a single step in their sardonic indie rock centering. Enter Camper Van Beethoven, the irreverent veterans who just released the career spanning collection Popular Songs of Great Enduring Strength and Beauty (Cooking Vinyl) and are planning on showcasing such ensuring selections as "Circles, "Club Med Sucks," "Border Ska," and of course, "Take the Skinheads Bowling" on tour. Fans should also take notice of co-founding bassist Victor Krummenacher, who just released the superb disc of brooding blues (aptly named Patriarch's Blues) and will open the second show. (Bet your life - Friday and Saturday at Abbey Pub- Chicago, IL: www.abbeypub.com).

A twentieth anniversary tour from the Smashing Pumpkins would mean something if it was the original band, but considering Billy Corgan only brought along drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (essentially Zwan redux), it's nothing more than a mere nostalgia trip. Even the most skeptical onlooker can't deny the initial incarnation's ingenuity and chances are several of those songs will be on display, but as less than half the band it used to be, how will those seminal alt-rock songs come across? Corgan can still sing, but those who caughtSmashing Pumpkins the proper band bid farewell forever at the Metro earlier this decade can only feel sorry for the front man's overblown ego. (Fan club only - Friday and Saturday at Auditorium Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Forget the fact that he used to dress like a schmaltzy Vegas showman or songs like the horrifying "America." Neil Diamond has completely reinvented himself throughout recent recordings, or perhaps more accurately, gone back to the singer/songwriter days before becoming a global pop star. His voice may still warble and garble, but at least he turned to the tasteful Rick Rubin (Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks) come 2008's Home Before Dark. The project also includes several all-star session players (Smokey Hormel, Matt Sweeney, plus Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell (to name a few) suggesting there could be more to the evening than making "Love on the Rocks." (Worth a shot - Monday at Bradley Center- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).
Beyonce Street Week: Beyonce's alter ego, Foos go live
Monday, November 17, 2008

She may be bigger than Destiny's Child these days, but that doesn't mean Beyonce is sticking by her solo moniker. In fact, the soulful superstar re-brands herself to a certain extent throughout I Am...Sasha Fierce (Columbia), said to be her most personal and revealing CD to date. This third individual project includes personal co-writing and co-production on each track, which comes on the heels of the much more manufactured (though undeniably successful) 2006 CD B'Day.

Though the Foo Fighters had instant cache thanks to front man Dave Grohl's time drumming for Nirvana, there was a time in the not too distant past when the band was merely packing clubs instead of stadiums. But that's all changed thanks to a continuously ascendingFoo Fighters evolution that's afforded these alternative rock innovators incredible longevity, which is chronicled in its latest chapter throughout Live at Wembley Stadium (RCA). Comprising an astounding thirty-six tracks, it's an essential visual addition to the Foos' lauded catalogue.

After finding instant fanfare when Eminem sampled her song, Dido stretched out her fifteen minutes of fame across two albums that spawned several additional singles. While it appeared she fell of the face of the earth following 2003's Life For Rent, the dreamy chanteuse was apparently being a perfectionist in the studio crafting her third CD Safe Trip Home (Arista). Eleven tracks seems to be a bit skimpy of an offering given the five year gap, but aficionados are sure to swoop up the songs, plus the four free postcards that come with the physical edition.

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