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By Andy Argyrakis
Keane Weekend Report: Keane's American comeback, Semi-surprise Sting show
Friday, May 15, 2009

Anyone expecting sublime Brit rock akin to Coldplay on Keane's latest CD is best turning to its first two discs. On 2008's Perfect Symmetry (Island), the trio turns in a disc that leans much closer to the dance floor than moody meditation, throwing longtime fans for a loop and introducing the group to a previously dismissive audience. It's actually the most lively the guys have sounded to date, but the juxtaposition between the two different styles in concert is likely to lack continuity. (Fan club only - Saturday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

Soul siren India.Arie has always been known for crafting socially conscious songs and her latest follows in that throughout provoking tradition. Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Universal Republic) speaks of the exact topics in the title, which marks a follow-up to 2006's Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship.Sting Along with her two other discs, there should be plenty to devour in this neo-soul styled experience. (Bet your life - Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Sting without The Police means a much jazzier, more subdued performer prone to improvisation. Though he hasn't been on the road since leading that band through its extensive reunion, the front man returns for a special one off solo show under somewhat unusual circumstances. Long story short, the veteran troubadour appears at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Corporate Night, featuring his greatest hits backed by the world class troupe. Tickets are extremely limited, but bidding begins on the venue's website with all proceeds going to this fundraising event. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at Symphony Center- Chicago, IL: www.cso.org).
Green Day Street Week: Earle's Townes tribute, Green Day five years later
Monday, May 11, 2009

With five years since American Idiot, Green Day's had plenty of time to marinate upon its eighth studio CD 21st Century Breakdown (Reprise). The punk trio turns towards a concept collection of sorts, dividing the disc into three acts ("Heroes and Cons," "Charlatans and Saints" and "Horseshoes and Handgrenades"). The story revolves around a young couple named Christian and Gloria, who are trying to navigate through the mess and promise of this century so far.

Steve Earle is a lauded songwriter in his own right, though he turns away from original material this Steve Earleround to pay tribute towards an even more seminal troubadour. As hinted in the title Townes (New West), the late great Townes Van Zandt is the center of this fifteen track collection that draws parallels between the two performers' friendship over the years. In addition to a single disc edition, a double disc deluxe set is on tap, along with a limited edition 180 gram vinyl.

Throughout America, The Church will always be known for the smash single "Under the Milky Way." But across international terrain, the Steve Kilbey-led troupe is much more than a one hit wonder with nearly thirty years of history. Its latest is named the vague Untitled #23, bowing on the fellas' very own label Unorthodox Records, which marks the follow-up to 2007's El Momento Siguiente.

The Dish Archives 2009

May 4 - May 8
Apr. 27 - May 1
Apr. 20 - 24
Apr. 13 - 17
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
Jan. 19 - 23
Jan. 12 - 16
Jan. 5 - 9
Dec. 29 - Jan. 2
The Dish Archives - 2008
The Dish Archives - 2007

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