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By Andy Argyrakis
Wilco Weekend Report: Adding it up with Mute Math, Wilco's Windy City welcome
Friday, October 16, 2009


A homecoming concert for Wilco is equivalent these days to the Smashing Pumpkins coming home to the Windy City a decade ago. While Billy Corgan and his band of faceless players has become increasingly irrelevant, Jeff Tweedy and the boys continue to be even more treasured as time passes. The group's touring in support of its cheekily titled Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch), which also marks its first area jump to the arena level. (Bet your life - Sunday at UIC Pavilion- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

When Mute Math first exploded out of the gate with its indie rock amalgamation of The Police meets Radiohead, critics were left with their jaws wide open and fanfare came at rapid speed. On Armistice, the band hasn't exactly hit a sophomore slump, but let's just say the record isn't as solid as the self-titled debut. Nonetheless, the guys are known for spreading over the top sensory overload, complete with a Mute maththeatrical performance style from all four remarkably talented players. (Worth a shot - Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Producer David Foster has literally worked with every major pop star on the planet, several of whom join him for an all-star concert celebrating his multi-million album selling career. Leading the cast is Earth, Wind and Fire front man Phillip Bailey, alongside former Chicago singer Peter Cetera, soul siren Deborah Cox, plus "American Idol" stars Ruben Studdard and Michael Johns. The bill also promises some surprises, (such as Cher in Las Vegas), though local hero/frequent collaborator Richard Marx would be an educated (albeit unconfirmed) guess for Chicago. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at Rosemont Theatre- Rosemont, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Bob Dylan Street Week: Dylan does Christmas, Lips times three
Monday, October 12, 2009


With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's no surprise to see seasonal CDs popping up like crazy. Leading this year's Yuletide pack is Bob Dylan, who's dusting off a bunch of old favorites and some new tunes throughout Christmas In the Heart (Columbia). The project marks his first of this kind in a 47 album career thus far and will find all the album's American royalties being donated to the Feeding America campaign.

Though The Flaming Lips released a Christmas collection last year, this season finds the fellas heading to the studio to crank out over 70 minutes of music across two CDs. In fact, the deluxe edition of Embryonic (Reprise) also includes a DVD with 96k 24 The Flaming Lipsbit audio (basically 256 times more resolution than a regular CD). As for the album itself, expect Wayne Coyne and company dishing out a brand new batch of characters in spaced-out, experimental contexts.

As one of the greatest concert films of all time, Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense (Vivendi) has been released in countless formats, including a recent IMAX screening at Chicago's Navy Pier. But this week marks its first ever foray onto Blu-ray, finding the unfortunately defunct act at the peak of its career cranking out classics such as "Psycho Killer," "Life During Wartime," "Once In a Lifetime" and "Burning Down the House."

The Dish Archives 2009

Oct. 5 - 9
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2
Sept. 21 - 25
Sept. 14 - 18
Sept. 7 - 11
Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
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Aug. 10 - 14
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July 27 - July 31
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June 29 - July 3
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June 15 - 19
June 8 - 12
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Apr. 27 - May 1
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Apr. 13 - 17
Apr. 6 - 10
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3
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Jan. 19 - 23
Jan. 12 - 16
Jan. 5 - 9
Dec. 29 - Jan. 2
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