Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, North Mississippi Allstars | Auditorium Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Robert Plant & the Band of Joy, North Mississippi Allstars Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., April 9, 8 p.m. 2011

Most classic-rock titans still active today are washed-up chumps. Robert Plant is that rare icon who's maintained his dignity through the decades, and part of the reason is that he still seems to love music—you can hear it on Raising Sand, his excellent 2007 collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. For last year's terrific Band of Joy (Rounder), produced by Plant and Nashville guitarist Buddy Miller, Miller assembled a flexible band that tackled a slew of dark American folk tunes and well-crafted numbers of a more recent vintage by the likes of Low, Los Lobos, and Richard Thompson. Age has tempered Plant's voice, and he smolders rather than wails, meticulously modulating to suit the mood of each cut—he brings whispery intensity to "Monkey" (where he's shadowed by Patty Griffin's gorgeous singing) and shades of Arabic melisma to "Even This Shall Pass Away" (Plant was a fan of Saharan rockers Tinariwen long before they became Pitchfork's flavor of the week). On this tour Plant leads an excellent version of the album's ensemble—Miller, Griffin, bassist Byron House, drummer Marco Giovino, and stringed-instrument whiz Darrell Scott. If the New York Times review of a recent concert can be trusted, they'll ratchet up the energy level on tunes from the record and throw in a few Led Zeppelin classics. —Peter Margasak

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