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By Andy Argyrakis
Roger McGuinn Weekend Report: Dancing with Lady GaGa, Perry's punkish pop
Friday, March 20, 2009

In Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' recent documentary Running Down a Dream, the front man boldly defends Roger McGuinn as one of the all time greatest folk artists and songwriters across any stylistic association. The one time leader of The Byrds turned solo star is also known for influencing R.E.M., interpreting Bob Dylan and collaborating with the likes of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Oldies may be the format of this tour, but considering McGuinn's the catalyst for the entire jangle rock movement, it's an insightful history lesson not to be missed. (Bet your life - Saturday at The Hemmens Cultural Center- Elgin, IL: www.hemmens.org).

Will Lady GaGa be a name to last throughout the ages and go down in the alternative dance/pop annals as an influential artist? Probably not, but that doesn't mean her latest smash "Just Dance" off 2008's The Fame (Interscope) isn't one of the most delectable club songs from last week, this week and maybe even the week after. Based on that fact alone, she's probably worth catchingLady GaGa in her popular prime, though she'll have to prove herself on future albums and tours to go down as more than merely a one hit wonder. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

By seamlessly toeing the line between mainstream accolades (chart topping singles, Grammy nominations) and underground appeal (SxSW and Vans Warped Tour appearances), pop/punker Katy Perry is trying to be all things to all people. She's probably just a flavor of today, but has thus far succeeded at lashing out against an ex-boyfriend ("Ur So Gay"), exploring the opposite side of her sexuality ("I Kissed a Girl") and taking either preference all the way to the bank ("Hot N Cold"). (Worth a shot - Thursday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Marianne Faithfull Street Week: Willie gets naked, Marianne's curious covers
Monday, March 16, 2009

Twenty-two albums into her career, Marianne Faithfull continues to reinvent herself and cement her place as one of the music industry's most treasured interpreters. On Easy Come, Easy Go (Decca), the legend turns in an impressive batch of curious covers (including Nick Cave, Sean Lennon and Keith Richards as special guests) ranging from familiar favorites to upcoming indie rockers, spanning every genre in between. The set list includes versions of The Decemberists' "The Crane Wife," Billie Holiday's "Solitude," Merle Haggard's "Children of Stone," Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help Me," Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover" and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Salvation."

The bulk of Willie Nelson's RCA outpouring from 1966-1970 was spent backed by string sections, back-up singers and glistening production. On Naked Willie (Sony/Legacy), the country icon and long-timeWillie Nelson harmonica player Mickey Raphael rework 17 A-sides from that time period in the way they were originally envisioned, presenting tunes like "If You Could See What's Going Through My Mind," "What Can You Do To Me Now?" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" in stripped down format.

Since the original version of the Twilight soundtrack has already raced up the charts, Atlantic Records is re-packaging project as an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition. Besides original songs by Linkin Park, Perry Farrell, Muse and Collective Soul, the new version also includes alternate versions of tunes from Paramore, MuteMath, Iron & Wine and The Black Ghosts. The DVD includes a handful of music videos, plus an interview with music director Alex Patsavas.

The Dish Archives 2009

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