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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 16, 2007 7:55PM

Ah, it's like shootin' fish in a barrel over at Chicagoist EOYW headquarters. We know how passionate you guys can get about these things, so we'll cut right to the chase:

2007_11_avril.jpgIf you've never at least tapped your foot along with the vapid faux-angst anthems of Avril Lavigne, you may have been living in a mall-less town in, say ... Canada. Oh, wait. We've seen her in concert before under the guise of "journalism," and if you like costume changes and massive light shows with your jailbait pop punk, you'll dig this relatively affordable affair.
Allstate Arena, March 21, 7:00 p.m. $35.00-$45.00

James Blunt has made moms everywhere feel cool that they can share a beloved album with their preteen daughters, and for that contribution to family ties, Chicagoist salutes this comely Brit. For the rest of us, who may find his airy pop a bit snoozy, there's always the gossip blogs' collective reporting on his actress-laden love life.
Vic Theater, February 22, 6:30 p.m., $35.00

In other news from your little siblings' CD collection, Blink 182's Tom DeLonge has seen relative success with side-project Angels and Airwaves. A bit less sophomoric and a bit more gritty than his bigger-name band, A&A is as seemless a transition from one highly successful group to another as you'll find.
The Riv, February 24, 6:00 p.m., $25.00

Let's wrap this week up on high note with the return of Super Diamond and that old familiar flood of last call "Sweet Caroline" singalongs that got us through those long winters in college. With Niel Diamond himself somehow enjoying the kitschy, nostalgic hipness that's eluded some of his contemporaries, Super Diamond's spot on covers and raucously fun live show is a hot ticket around here.
House of Blues, January 26, 7:30 p.m., $19.50

Photo of Avril Lavigne from her MySpace page