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Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Oct. 4, 2008

   When Lindsey Buckingham took the stage at the Pabst Theater on Saturday night, the capacity crowd was primed to hear their favorite songs from his days with Fleetwood Mac. After all, this was the guitar whiz who, along with then-girlfrie...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

Oct. 3, 2008

   To many indie rock purists, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has committed a most grievous sin: He has infected the scene with a sort of jam-band aesthetic. And, based upon their recent sold-out show at the Riverside Theater, such cr...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

(Da Capo), by David Browne

During the 1980s Sonic Youth brought the fringe a little closer to the mainstream, editing the inspiration of Glen Branca's noise symphonies into rock songs of a most unconventional nature. Nationally recognized rock critic David Browne writes knowingly and interestingly about the band's husband-wife core of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (who have led an orderly life in the eye of their own musical storm), the sources of the...
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008

CANCELED

The Irish-American group Solas is still playing the same sunny, Celtic music they’ve specialized in since their 1994 formation, but these days they’re doing it with a new voice. This summer the popular band, which first made a name for itself on National Public Radio, welcomed their newest singer, Mairead Phelan. The group plays an 8 p.m. concert at Shank Hall tonight, which will be the first of an unofficial, two-day Irish...
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

In the UK and their native Australia the drum-and-bass-inflected alt-rock band Pendulum has been a gigantic success story, playing to mass amounts of people at various festivals like the Reading Festival, but thus far they haven’t made many strides toward breaking in American. They hope to change that with their latest tour in support of their driven new album In Silico, which stops the Turner Hall Ballroom tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7 p.m.

Sacramento hard-rockers Telsa have been touring off and on since 1984, and after all these years, their hair is for the most part as long and unruly as it was in their heyday. Though it’s unlikely the band will repeat the success of their 1989 power-ballad “Love Song,” the group is set to release its seventh studio album this week, Forever More, and they’re giving it the full tour promotional push, stopping tonight at the Rave...
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

Alanis Morissette launched her rock career with Jagged Little Pill, one of the best selling debut albums of all time, so it’s no surprise that she’s had a difficult time topping that introduction. Subsequent albums have been released to ambivalence (and, increasingly, outright disinterest) from critics who are still more interested in learning who “You Oughta Know” was really about than hearing Morissette’s thoughts on spirituality. Morissette’s latest, however, returns the ever-burdened singer to the subject matter that made her a...
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8 p.m.

Even if he’d stopped recording after the 1970s, Peter Hammill would have been heralded as one of the most important figures in prog-rock for his work as the primary singer-songwriter in Van der Graaf Generator, the British ensemble whose ambitious, ever-shifting albums presaged most major trends in prog-rock, and later even hinted at early punk-rock. After Van der Graaf Generator’s 1978 break-up, though, Hammill went on to cement his reputation with literally dozens of solo albums, each with a different instrumental set-up—some were...
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Pigeonholed by his ties to iconic soft-rockers Fleetwood Mac, even though he contributed some of the group’s more nuanced and most celebrated songs, Lindsey Buckingham finally scored the critical reappraisal he so obviously longed for with his 2006 album Under The Skin, a stripped-down singer-songwriter disc that contained some of his best songs in a decade. Buckingham has walked with an extra pep in his...
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008

Tonight @ the Riverside Theater - 8 p.m.

My Morning Jacket has evolved rapidly since the psychedelic Southern rock of their early albums, pushing themselves in more grandiose, experimental directions for 2005’s tight, masterful Z and 2008’s all-over-the-place Evil Urges, an album that divided critics but certainly didn’t slow their rise. In concert, the band is more of a traditional, Southern-flavored jam guitar band than their studio-crafted albums let on, playing sets that...

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