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A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...

The Chicago quartet emerged in 1999 with a loud pop-punk sound and something to say about the world. Since then, they've settled into the big time -- the latest album, "Endgame," debuted at No. 2 and, while they're still strumming at protests (Wisconsin, Occupy), they're booking shows in arenas with Live Nation. Will the message survive? It's a good bet, and likely a good show.
At 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. Tickets: $32.50-$39.50. Call (800) 745-3000;

A Spanish name for a band that formed in Wales, but no one's Welsh. Just go with it. Five years along, this ensemble is still delivering fine indie-rock with Art Brut spunk and Arcade Fire ambition, now supporting last year's fine fourth album "Hello Sadness." Don't let their Budweiser commercial throw you off. They've still got it.
At 7:30 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $20. Call (800) 514-ETIX;

Before he became a rock and roll caricaturist, Garrett was a classically trained child prodigy on the violin. He's one of those performers with a jaw-dropping resume, and he kills at the symphony hall. These days, however, the flashy longhair saws his fiddle in rock venues, playing a series of covers that includes "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "November Rain" and "Master of Puppets." You laugh, but he kinda rocks 'em.
Two shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $38-$55. Call (800) 745-3000;

Supporting a new album, "Black and White America," rock chameleon Lenny Kravitz has hit the road for his first tour in five years. Don't be fashionably late, though, or you'll miss the scorching, must-see opening act: retro-soul rocker Raphael Saadiq.
At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $38-$78. Call (800) 745-3000;

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