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By Andy Argyrakis
Robin Thicke Weekend Report: Jazz jumpin' with James, Thicke gets steamy
Friday, December 18, 2009


When Robin Thicke first burst on the scene in 2006, he was regarded as a fresh faced neo-soul star known just as much for his sterling pipes as sophisticated songwriting. Though his range remains on the new Sex Therapy: The Session, one can't help but wonder why he decided to enter Maxwell's bedroom-charged territory. Not only is an overcharged libido uncharacteristic of this undeniably talent artist, but it's likely to be a bit polarizing to those who are more interested in his smooth delivery than personal sex drive. (Fan club only - Friday at Riviera Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.jamusa.com).

On the same night, jazz fans will likely flock to Indiana thanks to an appearance from the genre's veteran saxophone player Boney James. Touring in support of his latest CD Send One Your Love (a concept collection of sublime love songs), expect an evening loaded with chilled out grooves and finger snapping appeal. Boney James (Worth a shot - Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

The Oak Ridge Boys, one of the most consistent country groups of all time, visit Chicago's suburbs for a mixture of Christmas tunes and golden oldies. Besides scoring the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award and a slot in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the foursome's also lent its unmistakable harmonies to tunes cut by Paul Simon, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and George Jones. (Worth a shot - Saturday at The Hemmens- Elgin, IL: www.hemmens.org).
Alicia Keys Street Week: PSB and Michael do Christmas, Keys returns
Monday, December 14, 2009


With 12 Grammy Awards to her name, Alicia Keys has more than proven her artistic merit and staying power. Come her fourth studio CD The Element of Freedom (J-Records), she churns out a sonically conscious batch of R&B-infused pop that's not only amongst her most provocative to date, but also amongst her most infectious. Hits already include "Doesn't Mean Anything" and "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart," which are sure to forecast a prosperous new year for the neo-soul star.

Dance floor titans Pet Shop Boys are settling into the spirit of the season with Pet Shop Boys Christmas (Astralwerks). After kicking off with "It Doesn't Often Snow at Christmas," the group revisits its recent cut >Pet Shop Boys"All Over the World" and also covers Madness' "My Girl." Yet the true price of admission comes in a merger medley of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" with the group's own "Domino Dancing," (not exactly a holiday scenario, but a festive throwdown nonetheless).

For the first time since singing on Wham's "Last Christmas" and the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?," George Michael turns in some new Yuletide tunes on a four track EP. December Song (I Dreamed Of Christmas) includes the title track, plus "Jingle" (A Musical Interlewd)," Edith & The King Pin" (recorded live at Abbey Road), plus a newly remixed and remastered version of "Praying For Time."

The Dish Archives 2009

Dec. 7 - 11
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4
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
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Aug. 31 - Sept. 4
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Aug. 3 - 7
July 27 - July 31
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July 6 - July 10
June 29 - July 3
June 22 - 26
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June 8 - 12
June 1 - 5
May 25 - 29
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Apr. 27 - May 1
Apr. 20 - 24
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Apr. 6 - 10
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3
Mar. 23 - 27
Mar. 16 - 20
Mar. 9 - 13
Mar. 2 - 6
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Jan. 19 - 23
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