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By Andy Argyrakis
En Vogue Weekend Report: Amos' abnormal attractions, Market Days' dance mania
Friday, July 31, 2009


The first installment of the fun and oh so fabulous North Halsted Market Days Festival kicks off with an R&B bang thanks to the newly reconvened En Vogue. The soul sirens were a precursor to Destiny's Child and TLC, while also paving the way for the likes of Mary J. Blige and Beyonce. The bill also includes dance diva Kristine W and the always eclectic International Academy of Design and Technology Fashion Show. (Bet your life - Saturday at Halsted St. (from Belmont to Addison) - Chicago, IL: www.chicagoevents.com).

The second day turns up the heat even higher thanks to the long awaited return of Jody Watley, who's since evolved from straight ahead dance pop towards a more refined jazz and R&B aura. Berlin returns to the area fresh off the recent Regeneration Tour Tori Amos(which also featured ABC), alongside sets from CeCe Peniston, Kathy Sledge and the ultimate guilty pleasure act of all time The Village People. (Bet Your Life - Sunday at Halsted St. (from Belmont to Addison) - Chicago, IL: www.chicagoevents.com).

She may have a new record label, but there isn't much different on Tori Amos' latest endeavor when compared to, well, just about every other collection she's ever recorded. There's the token spiritual yearnings and unraveling and moody character songs, all anchored in plenty of angelic piano pop. Though her glowing vocal presentations and undeniable instrumental gifts have only strengthened with time since here 1992 debut, a less predictable foray into the inner stirrings of her complex soul would make the Abnormally Attracted To Sin (Universal Republic) stand out like the chanteuse's early works and make the tour equally desirable. (Worth a shot - Monday at Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Rolling Stones Street Week: Blur's best, Stones' exclusive box set
Monday, July 27, 2009


No matter how quickly digital downloading replaces physical CDs, a click of the mouse will never be able to replace the feeling of a box set. Clearly, the folks at Amazon.com have cued into this philosophy, releasing an exclusive thirteen-disc collection called The Rolling Stones Box Set (Hip-O-Records), which compiles all the legendary rock n' rollers albums from 1971 onward in completely remastered form. But for those who count closely during that time frame, the iconic Exile On Main Street is indeed missing though fans need not fear as that touch up hits streets in early 2010 with a spacer slot already reserved in this set.

To coincide (or capitalize) on its twentieth anniversary and reunion tour, EMI turns in Midlife: A Beginners Guide To Blur. Outside of all the obvious selections like "Song 2," "Girls & Boys," "Parklife" and "Sing," Blurit also includes several key album tracks and the occasional rarity. Though most Blur die-hards already own the projects from which these tracks were culled, the double disc set truly lives up to its title and even includes "Popscene," which was a non-album single that hasn't been available commercially since 1992.

With seven years between The Black Crowes' pre-hiatus studio CD Lions and last year's Warpaint, it's only fitting to find the newly reunited Robinson brothers turning it into a grand occasion. Besides a world tour in support of the project, followed by a double disc live collection, the like-minded DVD Warpaint Live (Eagle Vision) traces the album in its entirely, alongside a handful of covers from the Crowes' psychedelic influence pool. It's a generally explosive outpouring highlighting the latest chapter of the group's near twenty year career, while also building anticipation for the September 1 studio CD tentatively titled Before the Frost...Until the Freeze.

The Dish Archives 2009

July 20 - July 24
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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