Today's Menu (7/28)

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Counting Crows The first line that Adam Duritz sings on his band's new Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ("I'm a Russian Jew American/ Impersonating African/Jamaican"), to these ears, ranks right up there with Nirvana's out-with-it verbal volley ("Teenage angst has paid off well/Now I'm bored and old") that begins In Utero. No one's saying Duritz is even sniffing the importance of a Kurt Cobain, mind you, but the man's renewed openness (and openness to finally letting "them guitars rang," as Patterson Hood of the DBTs sings) is utterly refreshing, especially when compared to the blather perpetrated by his band's "peers" – tourmates Maroon 5, Matchbox 20 and that ilk. The concept of Saturday night (secular) and Sunday morning (sacred) is an old one – see almost all the blues, much of country music, and everything Prince ever did – but Duritz pens personality into almost every track here, reminding you (and himself) that our days are ultimately what we make of them. With Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Timothy C. Davis)

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