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By Andy Argyrakis
Kanye West Weekend Report: Panic shifts towards 60s, Kanye's artist collective
Friday, May 23, 2008
He may be one of the cockiest rappers to ever join the game, but Kanye West is also one of the most intuitive, keying in on trends long before they reach fad status and influencing just about every artist in the hip-hop stratosphere. He also boasts a fierce determination to succeed, as evidenced by this spring's tour following the relatively recent death of his mother Donda to plastic surgery gone awry. Outside of the Chicago-based headliner, the bill also boasts the sugary (albeit sometimes disposable) sounds of Rihanna, the more sophisticated urban stylings of N.E.R.D. and fellow local Lupe Fiasco. (Bet your life Friday and Saturday at United Center- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

For those seeking out a primer to the Vans Warped Tour, there's always the like-minded (though highly abbreviated) Honda Civic Tour. This year's trek is headlined by Panic At the Disco (following in the footsteps of Fall Out Boy from last year) and also includes Motion City Soundtrack, Phantom Planet and The Hush Sound. Though the undercard is fairly respectable, all eyes will be on Panic to see if it can pull off the 1960s pop-inspired sounds from the new Fueled ByPanic At the Disco Ramen offering Pretty Odd. (Worth a shot Friday and Saturday at Congress Theater- Chicago, IL and Sunday at The Rave Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI: www.ticketmaster.com).

Headbangers of all associations are likely to descend upon the Rockford Speedway for WXRX's fifteenth annual Wing Ding. The heavy handed single day festival features Chevelle as headliners, followed by P.O.D., Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Drowning Pool, Airbourne, Saving Abel, Another Black Day and The Last Vegas. It's a fairly comprehensive line-up for the genre, but be sure to bring ear plugs as the bone crunching guitars and unrelenting screams are sure to roar louder than even the rowdiest car race. (Fan club only Sunday at Rockford Speedway- Rockford, IL: vwww.wxrx.com).
The Dresden Dolls Street Week: Tull turns 40, Dolls drop b-sides
Monday, May 19, 2008
Road warriors The Dresden Dolls might not have had time to record a proper new project, but the duo is still catering to fans' voracious appetites with this week's No, Virginia (Roadrunner). The collection is basically a compilation of b-sides from 2006's Yes, Virginia, along with other rarities and a handful of brand new tracks without a previous home. The signature cabaret/punk/goth rock sounds of Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione abound throughout the vast randomness, which includes a stunning cover of the Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink."

Progressive rockers Jethro Tull are celebrating yet another milestone, embarking on its fortieth anniversary tour later this year. As a teaser to the toast, Eagle Rock Entertainment drops Jack In the Green: Live In Germany, which complies live cuts from the band's various outings to the country between 1970 and 1993. The Ian Anderson-led Mates of
Statetroupe delivers key tracks like "Aqualung," "Locomotive Breath" "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die" and "Nothing Is Easy," sure to strike the fancies of Tullheads across the globe.

In the more current classic, indie rockers Mates of State release Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk), a fitting title considering the duo's expansive instrumental reach (which now incorporates strings and horns). Other new titles include troubadour Mason Jennings' In the Ever (Brushfire), disco diva Donna Summer's Crayons (Burgundy) and slide guitar god Sonny Landreth's From the Reach (Landfall). After much anticipation, U2's epic Rattle & Hum DVD also earns Blu-ray treatment, while film buffs can take soundtrack solace through Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Concord).

The Dish Archives - 2008

May 12 - 16
May 5 - 9
Apr. 28 & May 2
Apr. 21 & 25
Apr. 14 & 18
Apr. 7 & 11
Mar. 30 & Apr. 4
Mar. 24 & 28
Mar. 17 & 21
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Mar. 3 & 7
Feb. 25 & 29
Feb. 18 & 22
Feb. 11 & 15
Feb. 4 & 8
Jan. 28 - Feb. 1
Jan. 21 - 25
Jan. 14 - 18
Jan. 7 - 11
Jan. 1 - 4
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