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By Andy Argyrakis
Despina Vandi Weekend Report: Greek goddess lands in Hammond, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back
Friday, May 22, 2009

What Madonna is to America or Kylie Minogue is to Australia is exactly what Despina Vandi is to Greece. Sure, gorgeous looks have gotten her extra attention, but she can actually sing as well and continues to blow people away in both club and full out concert contexts. Expect a dance-derived repertoire loaded with contagious pop stylings and an unmistakable ethnic flair. (Bet your life - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).

The last time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were in town was for a scorching set at Lollapalooza, but this round through the group is truly in its sweaty, indoor element. Moved from the Riviera Theatre to the Aragon Ballroom to accommodate overwhelming demand, Karen O and company debut tunes from the brand new It's Blitz (Interscope), which marksthe Yeah Yeah Yeahs its first in three years and third overall full-length. No matter what the material, the trio is sure to unfurl punk rock power and rugged sex appeal. (Bet your life - Tuesday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

To hardcore Korn fans, the recent shifts in line-up will raise some eyebrows as to whether or not the band is still worth catching in concert. Chances are casual fans won't be able to tell the difference, merely coming for the cavalcade of hard rock radio hits, which the band's earned plenty of over the past decade. In any case, Jonathan Davis and his current cohorts are known for turning up the alternative metal aggression to full throttle and should be able to at least appease both factions. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).
Eminem Street Week: Does Eminem still have it?, Simon's tag teams
Monday, May 18, 2009

For a guy who's literally become the most famous rapper in history, it sure does take Eminem a long time to release records. It's been five years since he last hit the streets with Encore, though he's probably best known for the 1999 breakthrough The Slim Shady LP. While it's impossible to tell if Relapse (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) will come anywhere close to his past glory, the lead single "Crack a Bottle" (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) shows he's coming out of the gate with just as much gusto as the last time around.

From his time in Simon & Garfunkel to the solo ranks, Paul Simon is one of the world's most treasured songwriters and most recognized hit makers (even if he doesn't look like a rock star). Throughout the new DVD Paul Simon and Friends (Shout! Factory), the living legend reunites with his longtime partner through a rendering of the classic Paul Simon"Bridge Over Troubled Water," while several other guests pay tribute to his entire career thus far. Crests include Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and Jerry Douglas on "The Boxer," James Taylor and the Dixie Hummingbirds turning in "Slip Slidin' Away" and Buckwheat Zydeco tag teaming with Lyle Lovett across "That Was Your Mother."

Speaking of concert collections, the highly anticipated reunion between one time Blind Faith members Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton also earns a CD/DVD treatment. Live From Madison Square Garden (Reprise) hits streets in both formats, boasting a series of collaborations from each players' psychedelic era (free of any '80s pop indulgences). The set list includes such gems as "Pearly Queen," "Can't Find My Way Home," "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Cocaine."

The Dish Archives 2009

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