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By Andy Argyrakis
JEW and Popes at HOB, '70s stars downtown, Cracker in the burbs
Monday, December 30, 2013


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JEW and Popes at HOB: For the alternative/indie rock minded in the city, there's no better way to ring in 2014 than with a shared bill between Jimmy Eat World and the Smoking Popes. The former is currently touring behind its angular guitar-driven disc "Damage," while the latter's latest release is 2011's "This Is Only A Test," though there's sure to be much more from its mid-1990s Chicago scene shaping days. Tuesday, January 31 at House of Blues: www.livenation.com.

Cheech & Chong Cheech & Chong Cheech & Chong

'70s stars downtown: Just a few blocks away in the heart of downtown, the sights, sounds and probably even smells from the '70s come alive at the Chicago Theatre. Recently reunited comedy duo Cheech & Chong headline the festivities with their hippie humor, while War handles the musical duties via funk favorites like "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid," "Spill The Wine" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Tuesday, January 31 at Chicago Theatre: www.thechicagotheatre.com.

Cracker Cracker Cracker Cracker

Cracker in the burbs: There's still plenty of action outside the city limits right around Rosemont thanks to the annual New Years Eve Rock N' Roll Ball. The rock room is the place to be as alt-rock veterans Cracker set up shop to showcase an influential catalogue that includes "Low," "Euro-Trash Girl" and "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)," while JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound supplement with some seriously soulful indie rock. Tuesday, January 31 at Montrose Room InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel: www.nye.icohare.com.


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