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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 23, 2007 4:06PM

The main tickets going on sale are Cubs tickets, but for those of us who prefer our activities in smaller bars than Wrigley and usually during the night time so our precious flesh doesn’t burn, here are a few choices for dropping some Benjamins.

Three nights at the Chicago Theatre will be taken up by The Arcade Fire. The shows aren’t until May which will give us enough time to delve into Neon Bible and learn all the verses by heart – just like back in Sunday school. Check out Sunday’s Chicago Tribune A&E section where they follow these guys around during their five-night stint in New York.
Chicago Theatre, May 18, 19 & 20, $31 (4-ticket limit), all ages, on sale Saturday at 11 a.m.

2007_02_andrewbird.jpgA big venue for Andrew Bird – that will be quite the change from where we’re used to seeing him play. He, too, has a new album coming out, Armchair Apocrypha on March 20. Is it spring or something? Because new music seems to be pushing through the frozen ground giving us hope.
Riviera Theatre, April 20, $22.50, all ages, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Seminal post-punk group Naked Raygun has added another night at the House of Blues for everyone who procrastinated and missed out on the first show. To add to the intrigue there will be a mystery guest along with openers Dillinger Four and The Bollweevils.
House of Blues, April 27, $21.50 - $23, 18+, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Oops, we almost forgot to write up Art Brut. Once again Subterranean has scored quite the band for their space. Art Brut have been holed up in the studio working on their next album. So along with the great anthems off Bang Bang Rock and Roll, we’ll get some new stuff. New songs are the perfect accessory for spring and summer.
Subterranean, April 20, $15, 18+, on sale noon Friday

Lots of other great shows are on sale that we can’t mention them all. We can almost smell the lilacs and are getting the spring jacket dry cleaned in anticipation of being out during April and May. That’s optimism for ya – just like believing that those September tickets we score for a Cubs game will actually count in the whole scheme of things.