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By Andy Argyrakis
Flaming Lips Weekend Report: A Legend in the making, Plenty of Pitchfork
Friday, July 17, 2009

Every indie rocker on earth will converge upon the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend, which in keeping with recent tradition, will have several iconic bands performing full albums in their entirety. This year's headlining roster is stacked with Friday's Built To Spill, Saturday's The National and Sunday's The Flaming Lips, though all three days play like a constant highlight reel. Be sure to also catch sets by Tortoise, The Jesus Lizard, The Black Lips, Mew, Grizzly Bear and Yeasayer. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Union Park- Chicago, IL: www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com).

Anyone who's ever dreamt of hearing "come on down, you're the next contestant on 'The Price Is Right'" has a chance for that simple but potentially lucrative statement to become a reality. Thanks to a casting call tour that stops by Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, hopefuls can eye an appearance on the longest running game show in history. But before getting too excited for a shot at standingJohn Legend next to Drew Carey and spinning that wheel someday, be sure to download an application at www.cbs2chicago.com/community. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.chicagohorseshoe.com).

Rising soul star John Legend titled his latest album Evolver and that's a fitting adjective to chart his progress across three studio CDs to date. With comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the piano player combines old school R&B nuances with neo-soul appeal. Opening act India.Arie is cut from a similar stylistic and socially conscious cloth, currently touring in support of Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics. (Bet your life - Monday and Tuesday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org)
David Bowie Street Week: Bowie's VH1 set, Superb summertime soundtrack
Monday, July 13, 2009

Remember when David Bowie appeared on VH1's "Storytellers" ten years ago? Die-hards surely will, though the less fervent will want to catch this collection nonetheless, which is compiled on both CD and DVD format thanks to Virgin Records. The audio installment boasts just eight tunes, but the visual edition fleshes out the twelve song occasion with riveting reflections like "Life on Mars?," "Rebel Rebel" and "Always Crashing In the Same Car." Outside of the original broadcast and the occasional re-run, this is the first official time this treasured concert's ever seen the light of day.

Though Fox Searchlight Pictures may be gearing up for the July 17th movie release "(500) Days of Summer," its subsequent soundtrack release coming this Tuesday is even more likely to induce excitement. The hands down most iconic act on the album is The Smiths, who turn in the immortal pair "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" and Regina Spektor"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want." Additional leverage comes Regina Spektor's pair of piano poppers "Us" and "Hero," along with Feist's flowery "Mushaboom." British rockers Doves also turn in the ethereal "There Goes the Fear," while Black Lips barrel through the retro jangle pop/punk of "Bad Kids."

With Cheap Trick's recent return to the studio, it's only fitting for its best music videos to finally score DVD treatment. Every Trick In the Book (Cherry Red) features all the obligatory smashes, from the power pop chestnuts like "Dream Police" and "Surrender" to less innovative though still popular ballads like "The Flame." Fans can also count on clips from the famed Budokan concert, plus random award show appearances.

The Dish Archives 2009

July 6 - July 10
June 29 - July 3
June 22 - 26
June 15 - 19
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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