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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 15, 2006 6:11PM

2006_09_beck.JPGYup, it’s another Friday, lots of shows go on sale tomorrow, and we know you want our hints as to which ones to plunk your hard-earned change in favor of and which you should avoid. As always, we aim to serve your interests and keep you ahead of the general unwashed masses.

Or something like that.

Duran Duran
Oct. 26, Sears Centre, 8 p.m., $35-$75, All Ages
The Sears Center will never replace Poplar Creek in our hearts as far as suburban concert venues go, but opening up this concrete box with Duran Duran will probably help other folks our age forget our alerna-‘80s concert memories west of Woodfield. Expect the hits, and lots of people dancing in a manner that accentuates that back-of-the-arm flab oh-so seductively. On sale Saturday through the Sears Centre site, but get 'em hot right here with presale code fabfive.

Lady Sovereign
Young Love
Nov. 4, Metro, 11 p.m., $14, 18+
Lady Sovereign’s live performances tend to be hit-or-miss, depending on how hard she has to work to win over the crowd. In this instance we don’t think she’s going to have to work very hard. Opener Young Love’s “Dischotech” is easily one of our favorite singles from the last year, though, so if they have even two or three more songs in their set that good, this should be a pretty good night out. Tickets on sale tomorrow through Ticketmaster.

Indigo Girls
Three 5 Human
Oct. 27 & 28, The Vic, 7:30 p.m., $40, 18+
As vanilla as vanilla gets, huh? This one pretty much sells itself to their fans and offers a scratch-your-head “they’re still around?” moment to the rest of us. Party on, Emily. Party on, Amy. On sale Saturday via Ticketmaster for Oct. 27 or Oct. 28.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 9, Allstate Arena, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m., $35-$47, All Ages
What would happen if Jim Steinman spent more time with Beethoven and less time with Meat Loaf and Fire, Inc.? Oh well, at least it’s not Mannheim Steamroller. On sale Saturday via Ticketmaster for 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. shows.

El Vez
Dec. 6, Subterranean, 10:30 p.m., $15, 21+
Another year, another El Vez Christmas Spectacular. One would think the Latin twist on Elvis impersonation would get stale, but a healthy dollop of humor and an even healthier dose of the El Vettes save the shtick from growing too stale. Tickets available through Ticketweb.

Oh yeah, and we're totally not telling you this, but you can pick up Beck pre-sale tickets here at 5 p.m. today for his UIC Pavilion show Oct. 14.