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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 12, 2007 10:52PM

Diggin’ that warm weather? Yeah, we are too. Honestly, though, it kind of scares us too. Whenever we start to think too hard about that (or that whole “infinity” concept) we like to distract ourselves with live music. Here’s the notable stuff going on sale this week.

2007_01_bloc_party.jpgBloc Party’s A Weekend In The City isn’t quite knocking us the fuck out as hard as their debut did, but by the time they roll through town we bet the album will have grown on us. Plus their live show kills with stunning regularity.
The Congress, March 23, 7:00 p.m., $25, all ages. On sale Saturday.

We’re still in love with Lily Allen, damn the blogger backlash! We really enjoyed her first Chicago visit, although we still worry that by the time her album hits at the end of the month it may be past its sell date. Again, though, if the weather stays this way it may just be perfect timing for her blend of summery hip-pop.
Metro, February 8, 7:00 p.m., $19, all ages. On sale Saturday. Hm. This event has disappeared, so we don’t know what’s up. We’ll update when we get some answers!

You can call The Plain Whites T’s emo all you want (we certainly do), but we have to admire their work ethic since we’ve seen them play show after show after show to gain fans. Every Second Counts launched the single — “Hate (I Really Don't Like You)” — that might just launch them to the next level.
Metro, May 2, 6:30 p.m., $15.50, all ages. On sale Saturday.

Pete Yorn. What can we say about Pete Yorn? OK, we admit it. We like him. Honestly. His first album still finds its way into our iPod playlist from time to time. I guess it’s just a sign we might be getting older. We still don’t like ‘XRT anymore, though, so we’re not THAT old. Anyway, Yorn performs a pleasant blend of slightly edgy adult-rock. Take that as you will, but we guarantee the room will be packed with out-of-control female pheromones.
Riviera, March 3, 7:30 p.m., $27.50, 18+. On sale Saturday

Naked Raygun has decided they had so much fun at those reunion shows late last year that they want to keep the party going. Does this mean new material or just more shows? Who knows? What we do know is that there will probably be LOTS of free shit tossed from the stage, and we look forward to battling that dude in the combat boots surfing over our head for some of that loot. Yeah, that dude.
House Of Blues, April 3, 6:00 p.m., $21.50, all ages. On sale Saturday

Oh yeah, and a bunch of douchebags are playing a single date at the Brawlroom in March, but we’re not including ticket info though, because we don’t want to encourage them to return.

Band pictured: Bloc Party