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By Andy Argyrakis
Skillet Weekend Report: Skillet comes home, The Pixies perform a classic
Friday, November 13, 2009


Hard rockers Skillet may reside in Wisconsin, but Chicago has always been a figurative hometown for the foursome. Currently on tour in support of Awake (Atlantic), which debuted at #2 on Billboard, the group is packing an impressive production and even more aggressive alternative riffs. Pop/punkers Hawk Nelson open, along with Decyfer Down and The Letter Black. (Worth a shot - Sunday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Now that New Order's on indefinite hiatus, Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham have teamed up with newcomer Jake Evans to form Bad Lieutenant. In concert, the electric/electronic rock band will showcase its debut disc Never Cry Another Tear,Pixies along with a smattering of New Order and Joy Division classics, plus a possible Electronic tune or two (Sumner's defunct group with The Smiths' Johnny Marr). (Worth a shot - Wednesday at Park West- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

For those that don't catch Bad Lieutenant's headlining set, the band is back opening for The Pixies the following evening. The indie stalwarts kick off a three night run performing its now classic 1989 album Doolittle in its entirety, along with several other career spanning cuts and even a handful of rarely performed B-sides. (Bet your life - Thursday at Aragon Ballroom- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).
The Killers Street Week: Kings of Leon from the O2, The Killers in concert
Monday, November 9, 2009


Now that The Killers have sold out to mainstream superstardom, the Brandon Flowers-led band is one of the most polarizing in modern rock. Nonetheless, the hits keep coming and the group's stage show keeps growing, as evidenced throughout Live at Royal Albert Hall (Island), a CD and DVD set culled from its 2009 summer tour. Tracks on both installments include "Human," "Mr. Brightside," "All These Things That I Have Done" and "When You Were Young."

Even though Kings of Leon is earning rapid pop culture acclaim, the band continues to maintain its non-stop work ethnic and blistering live shows that aren't bogged down with over the top spectacle. The group brings its garage rock rumblings to the DVD KOLLive at the O2 London, England (RCA), ironically the very same site where Michael Jackson was due to make his comeback concerts. Cuts include the snarling "Sex on Fire," "Closer" and "Black Thumbnail."

Very rarely does a band get a second crack at a major label, let alone complete creative independence in the process. Though an anomaly for sure, Switchfoot's multi-million album sales streak and countless hits certainly speak for itself, allowing Hello Hurricane to bow on the band's own lowercase people records in partnership with Atlantic after a several album stint on Columbia. No matter what the circumstances behind the scenes, Switchfoot comes out of the gate swinging on its first CD in three years, recalling the now classic The Beautiful Letdown in everything from the anthems to the songwriting and even the artwork font.

The Dish Archives 2009

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Oct. 26 - 30
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