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By Andy Argyrakis
Coldplay Weekend Report: Coldplay and Elbow, Lifehouse and Sleeping At Last
Friday, July 24, 2009


When Coldplay first infiltrated America at the tip of the 2000s, the British critical darlings were subjects of underground infatuation. These days, Chris Martin and company is one of the most popular bands on the planet, which has come at the expense of a watered down sound to appeal towards the mainstream masses. Though the group's current tours are stacked with unparalleled production, opening act Elbow is what Coldplay could sound like had it stuck to those indie ideals. (Worth a shot - Saturday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre- East Troy, Wisconsin: www.ticketmaster.com).

Now that all the dust has settled from political race and the whole world knows Jackson Browne doesn't like candidates he doesn't endorse using his songs, it's back to business on the road for this celebrated tunesmith. And there's plenty to be excited about across a career that's spanned over forty years and boasted timeless tunes like "Running on Empty,"Lifehouse "Doctor My Eyes," "The Pretender" and "Somebody's Baby." (Bet your life - Thursday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).

The fact that Lifehouse has an arsenal of hits by now ("First Time," "Whatever It Takes" and the once enjoyable turned incredibly overplayed "Hanging By a Moment") makes this college campus appearance incredibly rare. Outside of catching the city regulars in a suburban setting, the bill also benefits from Chicago's own Sleeping At Last, who are currently putting the finishing touches on its first studio CD in three years, featuring the group's self-production alongside engineers Greg Norman (Pelican, Russian Circles, Guided By Voices) and Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Dandy Warhols), plus mixer John Goodmanson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater Kinney). (Bet your life - Sunday at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium (on the campus of North Central College)- Naperville, IL: www.northcentralcollege.edu/show).
Our Lady Peace Street Week: Our Lady Peace plots comeback, MJ madness
Monday, July 20, 2009


So much for breaking up because Our Lady Peace is back following front man Raine Maida's solo hiatus. The self-released Burn Burn marks the foursome's first studio project in four years and seventh overall effort. The tone shifts back to the band's hard driving alternative anthems as opposed to the watered down modern pop that permeated later collections, but it turn, widened the Canadian's group's appeal throughout international terrain.

He may have just been lowered into the ground, but the late great Michael Jackson's people are already funneling the product pipeline on all cylinders. Though it's justified to be skeptical of the timing behind the five CD box set The Collection, Michael Jacksonit's actually a very reasonable buy priced under $50 and packaging together all of Jackson's adult studio albums for the very first time. Fans can trace his evolution from Off The Wall, through Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and Invincible.

Considering Reel Big Fish really only had one massive hit, it's ironic that this DVD would get it out of the way as the very first song of the set. However Live! In Concert! isn't likely directed towards the casual fan only familiar with the ultra-infectious "Sell Out," but rather the die-hards who've followed the ska/punkers from its indie beginnings to the major label era and the back to basics approach of its relatively recent Rock Ridge signing. Taped earlier in 2009 with a sold out Anaheim audience of 2,500 skanktified followers, the twenty song show is spread throughout the last fifteen years of Reel Big Fish's career.

The Dish Archives 2009

July 13 - July 17
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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