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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 26, 2007 1:30PM

Time to get that credit card out of hibernation and spend away, my friends! This week must mark the proper amount of time between on sale dates and concert dates that corresponds to warm weather coming back to Chicago.

Kaiser ChiefsKaiser Chiefs will be out in support of their soon-to-be-released album Yours Truly, Angry Mob off which the single “Ruby” we were told sounds like Morrissey fronting Cheap Trick. While this image still has us reeling, the Chiefs are not to be missed live. The Walkmen are opening, so if you missed the boat on their sold out Schuba’s show – it’s only about a month more to wait for this show.
Vic Theatre, Apr. 20, $23.50, all ages, on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

She’s the redheaded beauty with the voice of a whiskey drinking angel. Neko Case is coming back to Chicago with a couple of dates slated at Park West. A mellow venue to accompany Neko’s maturing richness lyrically, as well as vocally, on Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.
Park West, Mar. 29 & 30, $22.50, 18+, on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

PoguesLabelmates Gomez and Ben Kweller are co-headlining this time around the block. Both are known for catchy hooks and pop sensibilities in their music. The Chicago dates have Gomez playing last, get there early so as not to miss Ben’s nosebleed.
Vic Theatre, Mar. 1, $28.50, 18+, on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
Vic Theatre, Mar. 2, $28.50, all ages, on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

The Pogues are back in town with Shane MacGowan at the helm. We’re not sure what to expect, especially after seeing “If I Should Fall From Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story” where he was impossible to understand and watching the documentation of his talent being lost to alcoholism was almost too much to bear. But then we think - it's the Pogues! How could we miss the chance to see them?
Congress Theater, Mar. 5 & 6, $51.50 - $56.50, all ages, on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Whew! So many choices this week. Other choices for the cash burning a hole in your pocket include: Bright Eyes, Ted Leo, Bound Stems, Billy Joel, Tapes ‘N Tapes.