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By Andy Argyrakis
OMD's second coming, three key Beach Boys, plus Heart with a famous friend
Monday, July 22, 2013


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OMD's second coming: For lovers of the 1980s, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark will always be tied to the "Pretty In Pink" soundtrack thanks to its monster hit "If You Leave." But for those who dive deeper into the electronic rockers' annals, there's actually much more to enjoy and a fairly influential history that's since earned shout-outs from LCD Soundsystem, MGMT and The XX. Aside from trotting out the hits, the synth-saturated foursome unveils the new album "English Electric," which won't just please long time listeners, but also give Kraftwerk admirers several friendly points of reference. Tuesday, July 23 at Metro: www.metrochicago.com

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Three key Beach Boys: After being unceremoniously dumped by Mike Love and his "Beach Boys" brand, remaining core members Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks are putting their version of the band together. While nothing will ever compare to last year's 50th anniversary tour, there's no denying these legends still possess the ultimate songs of summer no matter what their billing. Friday, July 26 at Ravinia: www.ravinia.org.

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Heart with a famous friend: Recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Heart are sounding just as sharp as ever across its latest release "Fanatic," which means this career-spanning show is sure to have plenty of sparks. There's arguably no greater living female rock vocalist than Ann Wilson, while her axe-slinging sister is still having no trouble shredding her way through "Crazy On You," "Magic Man" and "Barracuda." Special guest Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience only adds icing to this classic rock cake. Monday, July 29 at Ravinia: www.ravinia.org.

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