GRAHAM PARKER | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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When Graham Parker declares "I discovered America" on the opening track of his barn-burning new album, he does so with the fervor of a newly minted citizen who knows his adopted land better, and loves it more fiercely, than a lot of the natives. Clearly the 56-year-old English expat has been rejuvenated by his time on the anything-but-complacent Bloodshot roster: Don't Tell Columbus is a little masterpiece of snarling intensity and wry reflection, and Parker's singing displays a wide Dylan-esque streak that grounds his disappointed romanticism firmly in the pop-pundit tradition. My only complaint is that the album doesn't include his wrenching Iraq protest e-single "2000 Funerals"--although I'm sure there'll be plenty of fresh material for a sequel on the next record. On his Web site he swears this will be the last time he tours with a band; Jon Langford opens these shows. a 7 and 10 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000 or 866-468-3401, $20, $16 kids and seniors. A


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