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By Andy Argyrakis
Jeff Beck Weekend Report: Jeff Beck is back, Travis' indie take
Friday, April 17, 2009

There's no denying Jeff Beck's status as a guitar god, but just because he's talented doesn't make his concert worth seeing. For starters, the slinger usually takes the stage with a jam-heavy set list, shredding to the point of self-indulgence and conducting himself with the utmost pretentiousness. A new CD/DVD set entitled Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's (Eagle Records) will likely help guide the set list, though Beck's been known to throw anything out of the hat ranging from his days in The Yardbirds through solo stardom. (Fan club only - Friday at Park West- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Massive acts leaving major labels is clearly the trend these days and Glasgow-bred Brit-rockers Travis have just joined the mass exodus. For a band with ten million album sales under its belt alongside a string of smash singles ("Sing," "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" "Turn," "Side"), the move could appear to be a risky measure. But then again, with the group's dedicated following onTravis both sides of the Atlantic, a continuous presence on the road and consistent album outpouring (including current tour inspiration Ode To J. Smith), the Fran Healy-led foursome probably doesn't have all that much to fear. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Between his historic lineage and an acclaimed solo career of his own, Hank Williams Jr. is a rare example of someone's who's just as traditional as he is revolutionary. The classic country star's scored ten chart topping singles, thirteen number one albums and even racked up four Emmy Awards, but beyond achievements, he's personally responsible for continuing the lauded legacy paved by his ultra influential father. (Bet your life - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).
Death Cab For Cutie Street Week: Buddy's all time best, Death Cab EP
Monday, April 13, 2009

In the days when full-length CDs mean less and less to the general music consuming population, the appearance of EPs are all the more prevalent. Death Cab For Cutie may have just released a regular studio album last year, but the indie rockers' creative outpouring continues on The Open Door EP (Atlantic). Expect to hear four brand new songs that mirror the stylistic swath of last year's Narrow Stairs, alongside one previously unreleased demo.

With a career that first began in 1958, Buddy Guy has scored countless career compilations to date. However, until The Definitive Buddy Guy (Shout! Factory), none have dipped as far back as those humble beginningsBuddy Guy to his post millennial status in the upper echelon of blues royalty (with everyone from Eric Clapton to Keith Richards to Stevie Ray Vaughan and even Jimi Hendrix singing their praises). This disc traces everything from early solo to playing as a member of Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band to a series of choice collaborations.

Remember when The Who released the box set Thirty Years of Maximum R&B in the mid-1990s? Well that four disc retrospective and single VHS finally gets a concert DVD release under the slightly scaled back title Maximum R&B Live (MCA). Though the visual edition is also just a single disc, expect all the major Who staples performed ("Pinball Wizard," "Love Reign O'er Me," "I Can't Explain," "My Generation") including archival documentary material.

The Dish Archives 2009

Apr. 6 - 10
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3
Mar. 23 - 27
Mar. 16 - 20
Mar. 9 - 13
Mar. 2 - 6
Feb. 23 - 27
Feb. 16 - 20
Feb. 9 - 13
Feb. 2 - 6
Jan. 26 - 30
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Jan. 12 - 16
Jan. 5 - 9
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