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Santana Weekend Report: Courtney's back with Hole, Santana teams with Winwood
Friday, July 9, 2010


There are very few guitar gods who've endured as long as Carlos Santana, let alone those who've continued to chart in pretty much every decade they've been in existence. Along with his self-titled band, expect everything from the Woodstock-era to more commercially-minded collaborations. Prior to the Latin-infused action, catch Steve Winwood return to the psychedelic era with nods to Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith, Traffic and solo material. (Bet your life - Friday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

While "I Melt With You" practically defined in 1980s alternative scene, Modern English was never able to follow-up with equivalent success in America. Nonetheless, the on again/off again group from Essex,Hole England released seven CDs, including the 2010 reunion record Soundtrack (Darla Records), which will be on ample display alongside plenty of tunes from the decade of decadence. (Worth a shot - Sunday at Double Door- Chicago, IL: www.doubledoor.com).

Erratic behavior is nothing new for Courtney Love, and according to reviews of her latest tour with the recently resurrected Hole, fans can expect endless randomness. For those that love her, that's part of the charm, but anyone hoping for artistry over antics is bound to be disappointed. Though the group's comeback collection of sorts Nobody's Daughter (Mercury) sounds lean and mean, the tour with several faceless players is likely to be a let down. (Fan club only - Wednesday and Thursday at Vic Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Ed Kowalczyk Street Week: Live singer solo, Kylie conquers America
Monday, July 5, 2010


For the past decade and a half, Ed Kowalczyk served as lead singer of Live, the grunge rockers who racked up sales of over twenty million albums across five chart topping singles and myriad of top ten tunes. Though the band's been stagnant since 2006, the leader branched out on his own in 2009, starting with a solo acoustic tour followed by the predictably titled Alive (Soul Whisper Records/Sony RED). Nonetheless, producer CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox Twenty) helps the solo star bridge his original era with the present day, sure to attract faithful fans and possibly those who missed out the first round.

She's the Madonna of Australia and even scored some chart action in America with the dance/pop pleasantries "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "The Loco-Motion." These days, Kylie Minogue is ready toKylie Minogue dethrone good old Madge and take the like-minded Lady Gaga down for the count on Aphrodite (Capitol) thanks to some robust four on the floor beats that burn with modern-day disco decadence.

To the bulk of American audiences, a-ha will always be remembered for its monster smash "Take On Me," which landed at the top of the charts during its initial run and has since been spun on an average of 375 times a day. But to the rest of the world, especially in Europe, the group's gone well beyond one hit wonder status to amass over 35 million albums sold throughout 25 years of packing arenas. Catch the group's breakthrough project Hunting High and Low (Warner Brothers UK) in double disc deluxe format, featuring the original album, plus rarities from that era.

The Dish Archives 2010

June 28 - July 2
June 21 - 25
June 14 - 18
June 7 - 11
My 31 - June 4
May 24 - 28
May 17 - 21
May 10 - 14
May 3 - 7
Apr. 26 - 30
Apr. 19 - 23
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Apr. 5 - 9
Mar. 29 - Apr. 2
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Jan. 11 - 15
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