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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 21, 2008 3:00PM

Frankly, the forecast for snow on the first two days of spring has us super cranky, so let’s just get to it.

We’ve finally figured out that Tokio Hotel is NOT the same band as Tokyo Police Club. See, Tokio Hotel are from Germany and spell their name with an “i” (the German spelling, as several enthusiastic Tokio Hotel fans have informed us) while Tokyo Police Club are from Canada and actually spell their geographic namesake with a "y". Whatever. The hot shit German band is hitting Chicago’s House of Blues for the Budweiser Concert Series. Note the early start time.
House of Blues, April 18, 6 p.m., $23, On sale Saturday 3/22 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster

The Scotland Yard Gospel ChoirOne of the upcoming shows we’re most excited about is the Drive By Truckers at the Metro. Tickets have already gone on sale, but they’re still available and we can’t recommend this band enough. Foot-stompers, crazy jams, ballads that’ll have you sobbing in your Old Style, and more shout-outs to Skynyrd than you can shake a stick at, DBT puts on one of the most electrifying live shows that we’ve ever seen or heard. They're touring in support of their most recent release, the brilliant Brighter Than Creation's Dark. Glossary open the show.
The Metro, May 3, 8 p.m., $25, 18+, On sale now

We've interviewed and raved about local orch-pop group Scotland Yard Gospel Choir before. Now you'll have four chances to see what all the fuss is about as the band will hold an April residency at Schubas, playing every Monday night. The best part? It's only $6! And, hey, one of those nights is our birthday! Bonus!
Schubas, every Monday in April, 9 p.m., $6, 21+, On sale now

Detroit psychobilly/punk rockers The Koffin Kats bring their frantic, high-energy show to Beat Kitchen. The band describes themselves as "the upright bass throwing, beer slamming, blood gushing, and sonic assault." Sounds good to us!
Beat Kitchen, June 22, 6:30 p.m., $10, On sale Saturday 3/29 at 10 a.m. via Ticketweb

When life gets you down, it's time to call on the Maiden. Iron Maiden, that is. The Maiden continues to be one of the most influential and successful metal bands of all time. MTV ranked them the 4th best metal band of all time. They've been around for 30 years but we're guessing they still know a thing or two about playing some face-melting riffs.
Allstate Arena, June 11, 7 p.m., $39.50 - $59.50, On sale Saturday 3/22 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster

Image of Scotland Yard Gospel Choir via their MySpace page