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By Andy Argyrakis
Star Wars Weekend Report: Neville's holiday side, "Star Wars" hits the stage
Friday, December 4, 2009


Between its initial success at the box office in blockbuster proportions to attracting one of the most rapid cult followings in history, "Star Wars" needs no introduction. However, these days, the classic flick is hitting the big screen at massive arenas accompanied by a full-fledged orchestra to flesh out the symphonic score in all its cinematic grandeur. (Worth a shot - Sunday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

Power poppers Rooney never really blew up as superstars, but have managed to cultivate a fairly productive career along the stylistic lines of Weezer or The Cars. The group's two years removed from its latest disc Calling the World (Geffen), but the constant airplay of "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" has filled in the Aaron Nevilleblanks a bit. Expect a fairly catchy brand of power pop that simultaneously attracts teeny bops and '80s appreciators. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

No one on earth can interpret a song quite like Aaron Neville and he's sure to prove that throughout a holiday show with his quintet. But even if Christmas is the main agenda, the most prominent Neville Brother promises a handful of hits, which span everything from ultra smooth soul to pop to New Orleans-inspired romps. (Bet your life - Thursday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).
R. Kelly Street Week: R. Kelly's rebound, The Bravery's back
Monday, November 30, 2009


It may be the first initial in his name, but it's also the explicitness rating to his latest CD Untitled (Jive). Even with the sex scandals of the past, R. Kelly isn't afraid to amp up the bedroom language and bump n' grind grooves, just like he did throughout the 1990s. Of course, it would be lazy to assume the R&B crooner with a kick is recycling the same old beats, and in actuality, this latest venture catches him up to speed with the current class. In other words, Ne-Yo, Maxwell and other like-minded neo-soul men better not get too comfortable.

Remember when The Bravery and The Killers were feuding and equally hot on the charts? Obviously The Killers went onto further fame, but The Bravery maintained its new wave ideals crossed with modernThe Bravery day indie rock. The results find the fellas dabbling in a brooding dance/rock direction on Stir the Blood (Island) that will hopefully usurp from power from its now pompous label mates.

Roxy Music has plenty of hits compilations, but Bryan Ferry's always been treated like a second class citizen as a solo star. Granted, the group's collective star always burned brighter, but much of that reason has to do with its debonair front man, who gets his just individual due throughout Best of Bryan Ferry (EMI). The double disc import set also includes a DVD with video clips, but the buyer should beware it's in PAL format.

The Dish Archives 2009

Nov. 23 - 27
Nov. 16 - 20
Nov. 9 - 13
Nov. 2 - 6
Oct. 26 - 30
Oct. 19 - 23
Oct. 12 - 16
Oct. 5 - 9
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2
Sept. 21 - 25
Sept. 14 - 18
Sept. 7 - 11
Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
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
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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