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By Andy Argyrakis
Maxwell Weekend Report: Maxwell mania, Phish at Alpine
Friday, June 19, 2009

After eight years in between proper studio projects, Maxwell fans are surely foaming at the mouth for more from this bedroom crooner. Outside of delivering new neo-soul tunes, plus opening up the vaults from the late 1990s and early 2000s, they'll be plenty of gesturing and gyrating on the menu. Let's just say the ladies will go wild and the microphone stand will never be the same. (Worth a shot - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

With a half decade between its indefinite hiatus and this reunion, Phish wasn't gone long enough to truly be missed, especially considering a slew of live projects hit the marketplace. But like the rapid following of The Grateful Dead, this jam band for today'sPhish generation attracts throngs of followers from all over the globe. Expect shifting set lists across this two night stand, along with the band's long winded self-indulgence. (Fan club only - Saturday and Sunday at Alpine Valley- East Troy, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

There's really no reason for The Offspring to be out on the road other than revisiting its handful of alternative radio hits. But even without a new album, the rambunctious rockers generally turn in a party with plenty of sing-a-longs on the docket. Who can forget "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" or "Self Esteem"? (Worth a shot - Saturday at Charter One Pavilion- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
George Harrison Street Week: Trevor Horn tribute, Harrison and Wallflowers compiled
Monday, June 15, 2009

For the first time throughout his illustrious career, former Beatle turned solo star George Harrison is scoring the career spanning Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison (EMI). The 19-track offering is especially impressive considering it touches on various record labels and eras, starting with his psychedelic explorations through more pop-minded material. Cuts include "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "All Things Must Pass," "My Sweet Lord" and "Got My Mind Set On You."

Until looking at the track listing for The Wallflowers' Collected 1996-2005 (Interscope), chances are casual listeners won't realize just how many hits the Jakob Dylan-led band has scored so far. The WallflowersBetween early cuts like "One Headlight," "6th Avenue Heartache" and "The Difference" through the evolution of "Sleepwalker" or "When You're On Top," there's plenty to celebrate from these somewhat underrated roots' rockers.

One of the most well-rounded but under appreciated producers of all time is surely Trevor Horn, the behind the boards mastermind whose roster includes living legends like Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart, plus soul siren Seal, prog rockers Yes and indie icons Belle & Sebastian. He finally gets just tribute across Slaves To the Rhythm (MVD Visual), which finds many of his production alumni gathering for an all-star concert benefiting the Prince's Trust.

The Dish Archives 2009

June 8 - 12
June 1 - 5
May 25 - 29
May 18 - 22
May 11 - 15
May 4 - 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
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