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By Andy Argyrakis
Radiohead Weekend Report: Is Warped worth it?, Lovin' Lollapalooza
Friday, August 1, 2008

Grant Park once again transforms into what's arguably America's largest alternative music festival and this year's curators are to be commended for the vast variety on the bill. Headliners start with the regularly celebrated Radiohead, who are currently celebrating major label emancipation with the self-released In Rainbows. Electronic/industrial purveyors Nine Inch Nails are also basking in the same record company freedom by allowing fans to download its new project The Slip for free, while the recently reunited alternative rockers Rage Against the Machine make its first homecoming stop for guitarist Tom Morello. The bill also includes Kanye West and Wilco towards the top, plus hundreds of other up and comers. (Bet your life - Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Grant Park- Chicago, IL: www.lollapalooza.com).

Any hipper parents or older siblings who want to enjoy the aforementioned free of their tween or teen can drop them off at the annual Vans Warped Tour for another all day extravaganza. Though originally birthed out of the pop/punk movement,Cobra Starship the event has steadily embraced emo, hardcore and even hip-hop with this year's bill amongst its most diverse to date. This weekend's most meaningful acts include Angels & Airwaves, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Anberlin, Story of the Year and Reel Big Fish to name a few. (Worth a shot - Friday at Marcus Amphitheater- Milwaukee, WI and Saturday at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre- Tinley Park, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

The mod rocker turned adult contemporary crooner Rod Stewart is ditching his successful string of standards to deliver nothing but the hits. And he has plenty of them thanks to time in the iconic Faces, plus solo smashes "Maggie May," "Forever Young," "Some Guys Have All the Luck" and "Have I Told You Lately?" (to name a handful). Bryan Adams opens with the exact same mindset, boasting the ballads "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" and "Heaven," plus the plugged in "Summer of '69." It only Sting was scheduled, they could all sing their triple team "All For Love," though that would surely break the sap meter! (Worth a shot - Tuesday at Sears Centre- Hoffman Estates, IL: www.searscentre.com).

Alice Cooper Street Week: Snarling Soulfly, Cool new tunes from Cooper
Monday, July 28, 2008

As one of the most charismatic and groundbreaking performers of all time, Alice Cooper has even influenced the over the top likes of Marilyn Manson. And while the shock rocker may be older than his original era of slicing and dicing, he continues churning out vital releases chock full of menacing reflections and unforgettable classic rock rhythms. This week's Along Came a Spider (SPV) is no exception, weaving a web sure to take listeners down a dark conceptual journey, but simultaneously thrilling the senses on stage. A full-fledged North American outing is on the books for 2008 so be sure to get the guillotines ready!

Hard rockers Soulfly drop its sixth album for Roadrunner in the form of Conquer, its latest rage-driven affair wrapped around metallic thunder. Even with the bone-crushing intensity, the eleven-track offering is brimming with contagious groovesSoulfly and memorable guitar riffs, plus increasingly mighty vocals of Max Cavalera. Outside of a standard CD release, the special edition includes three extra bonus tracks on the CD, plus a DVD featuring a full concert from Warsaw, Poland.

Chicago-based indie artist Anne Harris may have earned critical acclaim around town, but she's sure to expand her national reach even further thanks to a tour with bluesman Otis Taylor. The two just performed together at the Windy City's famed Blues Festival, which featured a set list ripe with her brand new Gravity and Faith (Rugged Road). The disc boasts a carefully crafted blend of violin-infused pop/rock arrangements, the occasional folk flavoring and introspective lyricism that find the ambitious troubadour digging down deep into the most transparent portions of her provocative soul.

The Dish Archives - 2008

July 21 - 25
July 14 - 18
July 7 - 11
June 30 - July 4
June 23 - 27
June 16 - 20
June 9 - 13
June 2 - 6
May 26 - 30
May 19 - 23
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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