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By Andy Argyrakis
Southern rock smoke, Griffin's glorious Americana, plus a Snocore showdown
Monday, January 27, 2013


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Southern rock Smoke: Those who've already caught Blackberry Smoke at a solo show or while opening for Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd already know the group may be single-handedly saving southern rock. And for those arriving late to the party, the "Fire In The Hole" tour is about to blaze through town, promising plenty of good old fashioned riffs and rebellion worth discovering. Thursday, January 30 at House of Blues: www.livenation.com.

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Griffin's glorious Americana: She's certainly an established solo artist and even a recent Robert Plant collaborator, but Patty Griffin is also known as a highly sought after songwriter for other artists (with credits spanning Emmylou Harris to the Dixie Chicks). The Grammy Award winner puts it all on display at this up close and personal show supporting 2013's previously lost treasure "Silver Bell," which once again continues in her folk/Americana tradition. Friday, January 30 at Metro: www.metrochicago.com.

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Snocore showdown: Hard music fans can take refuge from the bone chilling winter with the scorching sounds of the annual Snocore tour. This year's installment features heavy handed headliners The Pretty Reckless, who are led by singer/actress Taylor Momsen ("Gossip Girl" and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), alongside Heaven's Basement and The Letter Black. Sunday, February 2 at Mojoes: www.mojoesofjoliet.com.


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