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Check It Out: February 15, 2013

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – This Is 40 (Capitol) Music has always been crucial to filmmaker Judd Apatow’s craft whether it was his gently poking fun of Asia in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin or spoofing Johnny Cash in 2007’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. So it goes with his latest This Is 40, which is set for DVD release after being in the theaters barely two months ago. This quasi sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up finds Paul Rudd’s Paul as the owner of a struggling record label that’s home to a number of alt-rock artists including Graham Parker, who plays himself.

As such, the soundtrack’s line-up fits the theme. Ryan Adams sounds like Jackson Browne on a live reworked version of his “Lucky Now” and new track “Shining Through the Dark” while a rejuvenated Lindsey Buckingham weighs in with a trio of Jon Brion-produced gems (including the stellar Norah Jones collaboration “Brother & Sister.) Parker also shows up with a twangy Punch Brothers collaboration “What Do You Like?” and his own “Watch the Moon Come Down” while Boomers get to sup on Paul McCartney revisiting Venus and Mars for the instrumental outtake “Lunch Box/Odd Sox.” And while Buckingham’s “Sick of You” carries a patina of cynicism, Wilco enlists Jones and the Punch Brothers for their old-timey “I Got You (End of the Century)” while the Avett Brothers perfectly sum it all up with the winsome and endearing “Live and Die.”

Sat. 2.16

Bay Shore

Toby Walker @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $30, $25. 631-969-1101

Homegrown talent Toby Walker has made a name for himself on the blues circuit and as such has gotten his considerable talents embraced by the likes of Jorma Kaukonen and John Hammond, Jr.. For this homecoming gig, Walker will undoubtedly be digging into his latest album Shake Shake Mama and its unique versions of “Midnight Special” and “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” sure to delight concertgoers within the intimate confines of the Boulton Center.

Fri. 2.16


Soul Asylum @ Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., 9 p.m. $20 adv. $25 DOS. 866-858-0008

The band formally known as Loud Fast Rules returned last year with Delayed Reaction, which not only represents Soul Asylum’s first studio album in six years, but the first without founding member/bassist Karl Mueller, who died of cancer in June 2005 and whose role was filled by ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson. The resulting songs turn out to be a kick-ass batch of material hinting at the band’s ups-and-downs without any sense of doom-and-gloom with Dave Pirner’s occasionally awkward couplets being the only misstep. But having emerged from the same Minneapolis alt-rock environs as The Replacements and Husker Du, Soul Asylum have always played live shows with the kind of hunger and abandon noticeably lacking in latter-day pretenders like Train and Matchbox Twenty. With Miles Nielson and The Rusted Hearts.

Thu. 2.21


The Who @ Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Tpke., 7:30 p.m. $124.50, $80.50, $54.50, $34.50. 866-448-7849

Even though there is that segment of fans that feels The Who should have packed it in after manic timekeeper Keith Moon died from a prescription drug overdose in 1977, the band has carried on to the point where Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are literally the last two members left standing. But rather than rest on their laurels, the duo has carried forth, stopping long enough to perform at the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIV, perform at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and subsequently blew their peers in the Rolling Stones off the stage during the Concert for Sandy Relief that was held on Dec. 12, 2012. This tour finds The Who once again revisiting that old warhorse Quadrophenia.