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By Andy Argyrakis
Blink-182 Weekend Report: Blink is back, A triple team of girl power
Friday, August 14, 2009


Member squabbles, side projects and plane crashes aside, Blink-182 is back after a four year hiatus. No, there's no new album to promote, but in taking cues from longtime tour mates No Doubt, the pop/punkers have been around long enough to cash in on the nostalgia. Nonetheless, the trio has its ear to the ground of the current class, inviting Fall Out Boy and Panic At the Disco along for the ride, both of whom are sure to assist ticket sales. (Worth a shot - Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

If "Love Is a Battlefield," how will those with a "Heart of Glass" be able to stand this double bill of female ferocity? Even if their styles are slightly different (Benatar as the rough necked rocker and Blondie as the dance floor divas), both Blondiefemale fronted acts are linked together by ideals of empowerment and enjoyment. Add in punk rockers The Donnas, and it's an evening of guitar-driven, girl power personified. (Bet your life - Monday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ravinia.org).

It's a battle of the blues when George Thorogood & The Destroyers double bill with Jonny Lang at Ravinia for what's destined to be a lawn throwdown. Of course, those who pack the pavilion will have a better view of these axe-grinders in action, which will include everything from the former's "Bad to the Bone" to tunes from the latter's Grammy Award winning Turn Around album. (Bet your life - Thursday at Ravinia- Highland Park, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Chris Isaak Street Week: Isaak on "Soundstage," New Dylan box
Monday, August 10, 2009


Ultra-cool crooner Chris Isaak serves up a long overdue Greatest Hits Live DVD as part of E1 Entertainment's ongoing "Soundstage" DVD series. Similar to the television special (but expanded to include extra tracks), the singer/songwriter turns in a sophisticated blend of suave pop and Elvis Presley-like swagger. The set list includes obvious choices like "Wicked Game" and "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," but the true treat is a six song acoustic set.

Bob Dylan fans are no longer surprised to hear of an unearthed retro collection, but rather than reprising the bootleg series or repackaging past hits, Radio Radio Vol 2 takes a totally different angle.Bob Dylan With 112 tracks to its name, the four CD set culls tunes played on the troubadour's rare radio hour, which means a complete run down of the legend's main muses. Expect to hear dusties from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmy Davis, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Tony Bennett and tons more who shaped Dylan's sound in one way or another.

Classic country star George Strait says it all in the title of his latest disc Twang (MCA Nashville). Though it takes a traditional tone, the famed entertainer continues to connect on the genre's radio stations, providing a breath of fresh air amidst a flurry of pre-fabricated pap. "Living For the Night" marks the lead single and first to ever hit the airwaves penned by the unmistakable song interpreter.

The Dish Archives 2009

Aug. 3 - 7
July 27 - July 31
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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