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By Andy Argyrakis
George Lamond Weekend Report: Freestyle frenzy, Sunny Day is back
Friday, September 18, 2009


Thanks to retro sets at dance clubs and late night remix radio shows, the freestyle scene is coming back in an unexpected but particularly prominent way. Leading the pack on the "Freestyle Full House" tour is Latin heartthrob George Lamond, who was tearing up the charts long before Ricky Martin thanks to club cuts like "Bad of the Heart," "Look Into My Eyes" and "Without You." His like-minded pals on this marathon bill include TKA, Safire, Cynthia, Judy Torres and The Cover Girls, all of whom recall R&B-infused pop and hip-hop. (Worth a shot - Saturday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

When Bruce Springsteen came through Chicago shortly after the Super Bowl, the focus of his show was the sub par CD Working on a Dream. While a return trip in the same year seems like overkill, this particular show will highlight his seminal Born To Run CD in its entirety for the first Sunny Day Real Estatetime since its original release over three decades ago. For those needing a quick refresher course, the collection is loaded with E Street Band staples like "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Jungleland," amongst others. (Bet your life - Sunday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Though Sunny Day Real Estate found a fair amount of fame in the middle of the 1990s as one of Sub Pop's breakout emotional rock bands, the its popularity skyrocketed after its demise in 2000. Just for the record, the group only released two albums with the original line-up, followed by a retooled team for its latter two discs, but the original band is finally back together this summer, including front man (and part time solo star) Jeremy Enigk and bassist Nate Mendel (of Foo Fighters fame). To coincide with that timing and simultaneously introduce younger audience to the iconic act, the label is remastering and repackaging its first two projects with a handful of bonus tracks, both of which are sure to populate this reunion set. (Worth a shot - Thursday at Metro- Chicago, IL: www.metrochicago.com).
Mark Knopfler Street Week: A Dire Straits solo side, Muse's studio return
Monday, September 14, 2009


On his sixth solo album, former Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler turns in a mixture of classic rock, laid back pop and roots music, all centered around his extraordinary guitar playing skills. The project marks his first in two years following 2007's Kill To Get Crimson (Warner Bros.) and the prior summer's tour alongside Emmylou Harris. The eleven track offering was recorded at British Grove Studios in West London and features several storybook songs loaded with colorful characters.

While it's unclear if Muse will ever be as popular as Radiohead, the British critical darlings are certainly following in the band's evolutionary footsteps. The Resistance (Warner Bros.) builds Museupon the group's previously established formula of experimental indie rock, old school progressive rock and shades of electronica. It makes for a sublime listening experience indeed and one that positions the players to finally become household names in the States.

After a lifetime of record label switches, underrated but critically respected singer/songwriter Michael McDermott finally branches out on his own. In shaking off the corporate chains, the Chicago native seems much more free and happier from a lyrical perspective, which is a stark contrast to 2007's melancholy (though still satisfying) Noise From Words. Rather Hey La Hey (Pauper Sky Records) hearkens back to his joyous early '90s beginnings a la Bruce Springsteen or the hit making side of Bob Dylan (channeled through The Wallflowers), loaded with sardonic humor and preacher-like fervency.

The Dish Archives 2009

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Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
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