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By Andy Argyrakis
Rufus Wainwright Weekend Report: Anberlin goes '80s, Rufus' varied ruminations
Friday, October 17, 2008

Though he debuted in the singer/songwriter piano pop vein, Rufus Wainwright continues to explore new areas of his artistic persona. Last year found the flamboyant troubadour re-visiting the legendary career of Judy Garland, subsequently releasing the live collection Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall and nailing even the highest notes with impressive verve. His next offering will be even more ambitious in the form of an opera called Prima Donna, which revolves around a fictional opera star attempting a comeback as she falls in love with a critic. Expect a set list that's just as random, but equally inviting as any of Wainwright's more traditional album tours. (Bet your life - Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenuechicago.com).

Chicago radio station V103 just entered its twentieth year on the air and is rolling out the red carpet when it comes to concerts. After just bringing Mary J. Blige and Robin Thicke to town, MaxwellAnberlin comes out of hibernation to fill the Windy City with his sensual sounds. In many ways, the chiseled singer is responsible for the neo-soul movement, though he still mixes old school influences within an astute R&B repertoire. (Bet your life - Saturday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).

There's no ignoring Anberlin's influence by the punk and new wave sounds of the '80s, as evidenced by covers of The Smiths, Depeche Mode and When In Rome throughout its career thus far. While the current collection New Surrender is comprised of all original material, it pays homage to that same sound, with hints of Joy Division and The Killers in the not too distant background. The project also marks the band's major label debut, jumping from indie staples Tooth & Nail to Universal Republic. (Worth a shot - Tuesday at House of Blues- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
Keane Street Week: Lucinda collaborates, Keane continues
Monday, October 13, 2008

When Keane canceled its last American tour for Tom Chaplin to get his life cleaned up from substance abuse, it wouldn't have been surprising had the British alternative rockers broken up shortly thereafter. Apparently all is well in the group's camp these days, who not only recently released a DVD called Keane Curate a Night For War Child (Eagle), but returned to the studio for its third full-length offering Perfect Symmetry (Island). The project hits street in two editions, the first being a standard CD with twelve tracks, plus a bonus edition boasting a DVD documentary and demo tracks.

After an illustrious career that's seen her go from gospel singer to soul star to pop crossover, one would've assumed Aretha Franklin would've recorded at least one holiday album. Believe it or not, today's This Christmas Aretha (DMI) is the Queen of Soul's Lucinda Williamsfirst crack at Yuletide reflections, and as would be expected, she hits them out of the park. However, those hoping to dig for this disc in browser bins or online will have to steer their energy towards the Borders chain, which nabbed this title as an exclusive this season.

Following a summer spent on tour alongside John Mellencamp, Lucinda Williams continued her relatively prolific streak of recording. Little Honey (Lost Highway) is loaded with special guests including Elvis Costello, Matthew Sweet, Susanna Hoffs (from The Bangles) and Charlie Louvin. "I'm in a different phase of my life, so there are more happy moments on this album," says Williams of the project. "'Darkly introspective,' is one phrase people have used to describe a lot of my songs. There are moody songs, but I'm looking outside myself a little bit more. These aren't 'boy meets girl, boy leaves girl, girl gets bummed out' songs- there's a lot more than that going on."

The Dish Archives - 2008

Oct. 6 - 10
Sept. 29 - Oct. 3
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Sept. 15 - 19
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Sept. 2 - 5
Aug. 25 - 29
Aug. 18 - 22
Aug. 11 - 15
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Feb. 25 & 29
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Jan. 28 - Feb. 1
Jan. 21 - 25
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Jan. 1 - 4
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