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By Andy Argyrakis
Pavement Weekend Report: Pitchfork's powerhouse line-up
Friday, July 16, 2010

What began in 2005 as an extremely underground affair for self-proclaimed music snobs has steadily expanded its wings to usher in a wider indie rock audience. Several cases in point permeate this year's line-up, starting with Friday's headlining set from Modest Mouse, who are touring in support of its current odds and sods collection No One's First, and You're Next (Epic). Others on that evening's bill include Broken Social Scene, Robyn, Liars and The Tallest Man on Earth.

The weekend really sinks in on Saturday as LCD Soundsystem transforms the massive field into a club, performing cuts from its stellar new electronica album This Is Happening (DFA).LCD Soundsystem But be sure to arrive early for a full day's worth of sets including Wolf Parade, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Titus Andronicus, Delorean and nearly a dozen more.

Sunday revolves primarily around Pavement, who are currently rounding the summer touring circuit to present a career overview on its first tour together in ten years. Though that lo-fi indie act alone is worth the price of admission, Big Boi, St. Vincent, Beach House, Girls and Cass McCombs are amongst the additional acts appearing. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Union Park - Chicago, IL:
Sting Street Week: R.E.M. deluxe, Sting with a symphony
Monday, July 12, 2010

Sting never repeats the same trick twice, as evidenced by his mid-80s departure from The Police, a scattered solo career, an unexpected reunion with that very band and a return to individual ranks. These days, he's cashing in on nostalgia, but at least he's mixing up the formula by recording a career spanning set live with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, cheekily called Symphonicities (Deutsche Grammophon). Expect obligatory cuts like "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Roxanne," plus the less obvious flashbacks like "I Hung My Head" and "We Work the Black Seam."

Just before R.E.M. became a household name, the Athens, Georgia trio (then a four piece), turned in the critically acclaimed collection Fables of the Reconstruction (EMI). Now that the disc is 25 years old, R.E.M.the record company is reissuing a remastered version, loaded with cornerstone cuts like "Maps and Legends" and "Driver 8," in a deluxe box set that also includes a bonus disc of demos and rarities.

If Kevin Lee & The Kings already sound familiar, that's because the leader was previously in charge of The Lonesome City Kings, who were once inked to MCA. As a guitar-charged rocker that falls somewhere between Lenny Kravitz and Bruce Springsteen, wrapped around the production of Rick Barnes (Smashing Pumpkins, George Clinton), the Chicagoan is far above the typical indie act who continues to connect with gusty ditties and a tireless work ethic across his latest effort Dusk Till Dawn.

The Dish Archives 2010

July 5 - 9
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
Apr. 12 - 16
Apr. 5 - 9
Mar. 29 - Apr. 2
Mar. 22 - 26
Mar. 15 - 19
Mar. 8 - 12
Mar. 1 - 5
Feb. 22 - 26
Feb. 15 - 19
Feb. 8 - 12
Feb. 1 - 5
Jan. 25 - 29
Jan. 18 - 22
Jan. 11 - 15
Jan. 4 - 8
The Dish Archives - 2009
The Dish Archives - 2008
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