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By Andy Argyrakis
Al Green Weekend Report: Al returns to action, Yes with a new singer?
Friday, November 28, 2008

When Al Green initially released Lay It Down (Blue Note), the jury was still out on whether his classic sound would be able to blend with modern day flourishes from guests like Anthony Hamilton, John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae, plus producer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (from The Roots). But now that the R&B legend turned reverend's had time to live with the tunes on the road, they've not only provided a face lift to his tried and true formula, but gave the soulful singer his first top ten album since 1973. (Bet your life - Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino- Hammond, IN: www.thevenue-chicago.com).

With every year that passes, Brian McKnight's stock as a bedroom balladeer continues to falter and a 2008 Christmas tour isn't likely to help matters. His second holiday album I'll Be Home for Christmas (Razor & Tie) is riddled with all the expected Yuletide cliches and suffers from tired production.Brian McKnight Though the concert should also include some old school hits, the fact that opening act Jennifer Hudson is no longer appearing do to her family's recent tragedy makes the evening even less appealing. (Skip or be sorry - Friday at Star Plaza Theatre- Merrillville: www.starplazatheatre.com).

The idea of Yes' core members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White touring without its original singer Jon Anderson is sure to get some heads scratching. However, with the front man battling a series of health ailments, the trio decided they couldn't wait to hit the road any longer, especially after already canceling this summer's 40th anniversary tour to accommodate those issues. Though it's hard to wholeheartedly defend the decision, this isn't the first time that band's been Anderson-less (Drama tour anyone?), plus his fill in Benoit David is like an exact vocal replica. (Worth a shot - Wednesday at Chicago Theatre- Chicago, IL: www.ticketmaster.com).
The Killers Street Week: The Killers vs. Kanye in holiday sales showdown
Monday, November 24, 2008

For those that wrote off The Killers in the fifteen minutes of fame category, the band's now at three proper studio CDs and a B-sides disc. Though that doesn't give Brandon Flowers and the boys a get out of jail free card on Day & Age (Island), it does find the band mixing up the formula of '80s-inspired dance pop and arena rock ever so slightly. If anything, fans can expect to shuffle their feet a bit more thanks to the band employing electronic guru Stuart Price (Les Rhythmes Digitales) as producer, who previously brought The Killers attention with the Grammy-nominated "Mr. Brightside" remix.

As those Vegas players jockey for the top spot, Chicago's Kanye West is also keeping his eye on the prize. Cockier than ever, the superstar who recently slammed Justin Timberlake is admittedly unstoppable in the studio and once again upsKanye West the ante on 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella). It just so happens to be this hip-hip hero's fourth album as well, and with ten Grammy Awards to his name thus far, he could win the war thanks to sheer star power.

For the DVD player, Paul Simon digs back in time from Live In Philadelphia as part of Eagle's "Greatest Hits Live" series. The interesting crux of this 1980 concert was the fact it took place six years before the Graceland sessions, though those African and Brazilian-inspired rhythms were already creeping into his pedigree. Regardless of style presented, the set list includes smashes from Simon & Garfunkel through the solo years including "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard" and "The Sound of Silence."

The Dish Archives - 2008

Nov. 17 - 21
Nov. 10 - 14
Nov. 3 - 7
Oct. 27 - 31
Oct. 20 - 24
Oct. 13 - 17
Oct. 6 - 10
Sept. 29 - Oct. 3
Sept. 22 - 26
Sept. 15 - 19
Sept. 9 - 12
Sept. 2 - 5
Aug. 25 - 29
Aug. 18 - 22
Aug. 11 - 15
Aug. 4 - 8
July 28 - Aug. 1
July 20 - 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
Mar. 10 & 14
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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