Oasis, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Matt Costa | Allstate Arena | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Oasis, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Matt Costa All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. 2008

It’s a shame that Oasis aren’t the Most Popular Band in the World anymore—Coldplay are way too low-key for the position, which can only properly be filled by a bunch of genuine off-the-rails train wrecks with spectacular histories of public douchebaggery. For proof of Oasis’s extensive qualifications, you need look no further than their 2000 concert movie, Familiar to Millions—especially the bit where, in the middle of playing to a sold-out Wembley Stadium, front man Liam Gallagher turns around, notices the Jumbotron onstage behind him, and with a crude jerk of his thumb blithely demands “Breasts . . . on the screen.” And of course it works. Oasis lost the thread somewhat with 2000’s Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, but they’re back in form on the snappy, assured Dig Out Your Soul (Warner Brothers)—stompers like “Waiting for the Rapture” reclaim the band’s old swagger, and sweet psychedelic anthems like “I’m Outta Time” prove that their formula of ripping off themselves ripping off the Beatles still works fine. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals and Matt Costa open. —Miles Raymer

Price: $39.50-$69.50

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