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Concertline: Levon Helm, Fiona Apple, more

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

LEVON HELM
Revered classic rock drummer Levon Helm (the Band) regularly hosts "Midnight Rambles" at his Woodstock, N.Y., barn, and now he's taking the hootenannies on the road, touring with special guests Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) and guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett (Little Feat). His Chicago stop is a fund-raiser for the venue, thus the steep tickets.
At 5:30 p.m. March 16-17 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $250. Call (773) 728-6000; oldtownschool.org.

THE BLACK KEYS
They've moved from small clubs to big theaters with lightning speed, and now hard-rocking duo the Black Keys are on their first arena tour. Don't expect a lot of pyro and stage sets, though. They're charging through songs from the latest album, "El Camino," and others with bare-bones panache and bare-knuckle force.
Arctic Monkeys open at 7:30 p.m. March 19 at United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets: $39-$59. Call (800) 514-ETIX; jamusa.com.

FIONA APPLE
The moody songstress is back, after a six-year absence, and with another lengthy album title (23 words this time). Her Chicago stop is a special treat, part of only a half dozen shows she's playing on her way out of the South by Southwest festival the previous weekend.
At 8 p.m. March 19 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln. Sold out.


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