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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 16, 2007 4:55PM

It’s been a harsh week, hasn’t it? First, we had to walk through a blizzard, prove our love on Valentine’s Day and then it got cold again. The rest of the week they piled work on us here at the office, and now we have to decide what tickets to buy for upcoming shows. Life is just hard sometimes.

Too bad the John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae show didn’t go on sale earlier; it would have been the perfect romantic Valentine’s Day gift. Since we procrastinated our gift giving, this just might literally be the ticket. If John Mayer was on the bill, it would be like reliving the Grammys.
Apr. 13, Chicago Theatre, $42.50 - $67.50, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

2007_02_pbj.jpgPeter Bjorn & John are the new Scandinavian pop kings, but we won’t let that scare us away. They instill sonic diversity and texture into their sound all while singing about the universal theme of music — love. This one is definitely hipster approved.
May 8, Empty Bottle, $16, 21+, on sale now.

These guys have been hitting the huge-time with their latest album Infinity on High. Billboard records, big shows, music supervising on "The Hills" — is there anything they can’t do? We think it’s high time that we got a Fall Out Boy fix by the lake.
June 10 -11, Charter One Pavilion, all ages, pre-sale going on now.

Another group continuing to surf the waves of their happy sound are The Killers. They are playing out in Hoffman Estates this time around. Is it worth the drive and the $10 parking fee per vehicle? Somebody told me it’d be worth the price.
May 10, Sears Centre, $35, on sale now “brightside.”

If there’s one show we don’t have to worry about seeing Tim Hardaway at, it will be this one. We’re actually still laughing that their MySpace page says they sound like “gay stuff.” LCD Soundsystem will be forcing us to dance around the Metro, that’s for sure.
May 6, Metro, $20, 18+, on sale Saturday at noon.

Here’s hoping that next week brings us a little less work and a lot more fun.