A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...
That the "Popular" band has maintained a cult following and been able to continue recording albums of its smart and now suddenly sunnier guitar pop is one of life's occasional lil' blessings. New York's Nada Surf remains one of the most dependably satisfying working bands. "The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy," released earlier this year, is the band's seventh album.
Bailiff and Eternal Summers open at 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $23. Call (800) 514-ETIX; metrochicago.com.
3 DOORS DOWN & DAUGHTRY
Modern Southern rock band 3 Doors Down continues having the time of their life, this time on a split bill with Chris Daughtry, the closest thing to actual rock "American Idol" ever saw. Not much recently new from either artist, but the riffs should be loud enough to clear any gathering tinsel from your ears.
P.O.D. opens at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Akoo Theatre (formerly Rosemont Theatre), 5400 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Tickets: $38-$58. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
The Faint were unwitting architects of the dance-rock genre. But don't blame them -- instead, revel in their accomplishment. "Danse Macabre," the Nebraska quintet 2001 edgy New Waver opus, was just reissued in a deluxe edition, and now the band returns to perform it in full and in one of the venues where its music first caught fire.
Trust and Icky Blossoms open at 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets: $22. Call (800) 514-ETIX; metrochicago.com.
Sure, country star Carrie Underwood will be belting out hits such as "Good Girl" and "See You Again" from her "Blown Away" album -- and, given her graceful but powerful pipes, you'll be blown away, indeed -- but since it was recently announced that Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in an NBC holiday special next year, can we hope for a farmer's-daughter take on "The Lonely Goatherd," too?
Hunter Hayes opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Tickets: $46-$66. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.