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By Andy Argyrakis
Arena-sized Underwood, Train teams with Karmin, plus a hometowner's Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2012


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Arena-sized Underwood: After cutting her teeth on "American Idol" and the country market, Carrie Underwood is now a full-fledged superstar able to fill arenas on her name alone. In addition to the new album "Blown Away" tearing up the pop charts, she recently tag teamed with Aerosmith on its smash "Can't Stop Lovin' You," which suggests a diverse night tied together by the singer's sterling pipers. Wednesday, December 12 at United Center: www.ticketmaster.com.

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Train teams with Karmin: For this year's installment of 101.9 FM The Mix's annual Miracle On State Street concert, the popular radio station turns in yet another well-rounded bill of today's top talents. Though modern rockers Train are technically headlining, dance duo Karmin is truly the bill's top attraction, while it's also worthwhile to show up early for troubadours Ed Sheeran and Tristan Prettyman. Friday, December 14 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

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A hometowner's Christmas: On his first ever full-length holiday recording "Christmas Spirit," Chicago's own Richard Marx blends engaging originals and well crafted covers, united by his smooth singing style and tasteful arrangements. Though the project periodically takes a poppy and festive approach, much of the collection is steeped in understated simplicity that favors timelessness over timeliness. See the singer/songwriter perform tunes from the project, plus plenty of fan favorites during this rare intimate concert. Sunday, December 16 at Park West: www.jamusa.com.


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