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By Andy Argyrakis
Parker reunites with Rumour, Killers team with Tegan and Sara, plus a festive Martina
Monday, December 17, 2012


Graham Parker and The Rumour Graham Parker and The Rumour Graham Parker and The Rumour Graham Parker and The Rumour

Parker reunites with Rumour: For the first time in 31 years, Graham Parker and The Rumour are touring American shores, though the band promises much more than just critically acclaimed classics from "Squeezing Out Sparks." The group comprised of Parker, guitarists Brinsley Schwarz and Martin Belmont, keyboardist Bob Andrews, drummer Steve Goulding and bassist Andrew Bodnar just dropped the new studio project "Three Chords Good," which blends bits of pub rock, new wave, rhythm and blues, alongside sophisticated, straight-forward rock n' roll. Tuesday, December 18 at Park West: www.jamusa.com.

The Killers Tegan & Sara The Killers Tegan & Sara

Killers team with Tegan and Sara: After exploring a variety of terrain throughout the last few studio albums, The Killers hearken back to the synth-saturated "Hot Fuss" era throughout the brand new "Battle Born," which is arguably its most catchy and connective project since that multi-platinum debut. Indie folk poppers Tegan and Sara come along for the road trip previewing tunes from 2013's highly anticipated "Heartthrob." Friday, December 21 at UIC Pavilion: www.ticketmaster.com.

Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina McBride

A festive Martina: One of country music's most pristine powerhouse vocalists turns in sounds of the season throughout an evening entitled "The Joy of Christmas." Even so, Martina McBride promises a sprinkling of hits from her colorful past, which could span empowering anthems like "Anyway" and "Concrete Angel" to upbeat barnburners like "Happy Girl" and "Independence Day." Friday, December 21 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.


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