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By Andy Argyrakis
The Wailers Weekend Report: A King's benefit, Wailers dust off a classic
Friday, January 23, 2009

Without Bob Marley, The Wailers are just any old backing band, but then again, the current members are also the closest living link to the reggae pioneer. Though part of the group's motive is clearly capitalizing on the name of its posthumous leader, there does still seem to be a genuine interest in the late great's classic catalogue. Alongside a sprinkling of other hits, the bulk of this appearance revolves around the Exodus album, known primarily for the smash singles "Jammin'," "Waiting in Vain," and "One Love." (Worth a shot - Friday at House of Blues- Chicago: www.ticketmaster.com).

From rising up in the festival ranks to being able to headline its own tours in sizeable clubs, Kings of Leon continues to make the transition from underground icons to critically acclaimed mainstream mega-stars. The sassy blues rockers released Only By the Night (RCA) last fall and continue its marathon trek in support of the project with a benefit KOLconcert this weekend. All proceeds from this so called "Dare 2 Dream" event go to The Lisa Klitzky Foundation, which also features The Whigs as an opening act. (Bet your life - Saturday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

These days, Metallica is more known as a metal punch line than genre pushing masters of mayhem (or even Napster slaying rock stars with overblown egos). But props certainly go to James Hetfield and the boys for trying to reclaim the magic of Master of Puppets with 2008's Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) and getting pretty darn close. Add in all the band's shred-heavy hits from the '80s or early '90s and they'll be plenty of fists pumping and Bics flicking. (Worth a shot - Monday and Tuesday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Fiction Family Street Week: Nickel Creek meets Switchfoot, Indie explosion
Monday, January 19, 2009

Other than sharing San Diego roots, surf rockers Switchfoot and organic roots purveyors Nickel Creek may not appear to have much in common. However, it turns out members aren't just friends with one another, but are also collaborating together in the brand new band Fiction Family. Though the duo comprised of Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins already breezed by the Windy City over the weekend, their CD doesn't hit streets until this week in the form of a self-titled release on ATO.

Though previously released on vinyl, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) finally lands on CD and digital formats. Others in this week's indie rock explosion include Andrew Bird's Noble Beast (Fat Possum),Andrew Bird along with a double disc deluxe edition of Noble Beast/Useless Creatures, complete with bonus tracks. The always eclectic Antony and the Johnsons also drop The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian), while top troubadour Bon Iver turns in the EP Blood Bank (Jagjaguwar).

On more prominent but less interesting notes, both Frank Sinatra and Mariah Carey earn compilation collections with the upcoming Valentine's Day theme in mind. The Chairman of the Board saturates the marketplace with Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love (Rhino), featuring some of his most romantic songs digitally remastered. The post-breakdown diva turns in the predictable The Ballads (Columbia), including several solo selections, plus sultry duets with Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men, Usher, Joe and Nas.

The Dish Archives 2009

Jan. 12 - 16
Jan. 5 - 9
Dec. 29 - Jan. 2
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