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By Andy Argyrakis
Steely Dan Weekend Report: Steely's residency finale, A recovering diva
Friday, September 4, 2009


The finale of Steely Dan's four night stand goes out with a bang as the guys turn to an internet request night. Fans can indeed structure the set list for the entire evening, which follows three individual album performances earlier this week. That means everything's up for grabs (including Aja, Gaucho and The Royal Scam) with ballot information available at www.steelydan.com. (Bet your life - Friday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

The Psychedelic Furs remain one of the best live bands to survive the '80s and its stable of hits still doesn't sound dated. Expect to hear "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink" and "Heaven," amongst perhaps a tune or two from Richard Bulter's solo CD (though the band is in Britney Spearsdesperate need of new material collectively). The newly reunited alternative rockers Happy Mondays warm up the evening. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL and Wednesday at Pabst Theater- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

The majority of her headlines may have surfaced in the tabloids as of late, but Britney Spears still has no trouble selling concert tickets, as evidenced by two spring sell outs at the Allstate Arena. She reprises this Circus act all fall, promising a production and dance spectacle, even if her signing skills are questionable. Pop starlettes Ciara and Kristina DeBarge come along for the ride as opening acts. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at Allstate Arena- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Whitney Houston Street Week: Truckers release rarities, Whitney is back
Monday, August 31, 2009


The diva of all divas Whitney Houston is officially back after what feels like an eternal absence to deliver I Look To You (Sony). The famous (and sometimes infamous) soul singer turned pop superstar collaborated with the likes of R. Kelly, Akon, Tricky Stewart and David Foster to simultaneously update her sound, but also retain an old school sensibility. With Bobby Brown out of her life, the comeback could truly be the biggest of the century, that is of course, if she doesn't let any other doses of drama interfere with her career.

With a thirteen year history spanning seven studio CDs, it's no wonder why Drive-By Truckers have enough material to drop its first ever odds and sods collection. Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008)  Drive-By Truckersis exactly as the title suggests, taking several original tracks out of the New West Records vaults, plus some classic covers. Listen closely for Tom Petty's "Rebels," and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," plus seven leftovers from The Dirty South era.

In hopes of reclaiming the magic from its heyday, Simple Minds returned to the same studio where it crafted 1979's breakthrough Real To Real Cacophony and 1980's Empires and Dance for the brand new Graffiti Soul. Surprisingly, Jim Kerr and company not only found inspiration from that déjè vu, but actually come close to those essential albums and have arguably turned in its best since 1995's Good News From the Next World. Of course, the band isn't likely to ever recapture its Breakfast Club chart conquest, but Graffiti Soul pretty much picks up where that era left off.

The Dish Archives 2009

Aug. 24 - 28
Aug. 17 - 21
Aug. 10 - 14
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
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May 4 - 8
Apr. 27 - May 1
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Apr. 13 - 17
Apr. 6 - 10
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3
Mar. 23 - 27
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Mar. 2 - 6
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Feb. 9 - 13
Feb. 2 - 6
Jan. 26 - 30
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Jan. 5 - 9
Dec. 29 - Jan. 2
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