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Get Ready for Tiger Army, Violent Femmes, Goo Goo Dolls and more

English rock quartet The Darkness hit House of Blues April 15 to deliver some of its cheesy, neo-glam goodness for which its known. The band surged to prominence with its 2003 single, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” that features an incredibly catchy guitar lick and an out of this world, almost NSFW music video. Expect some of those antics at this concert, and if you’re unsure on going, take some advice from singer/guitarist Justin Hawkins and just listen to the rhythm of your heart. The following day (April 16), it’s an all out Psychobilly night out with Los Angeles’ Tiger Army. The well-dressed trio is known for its eclectic mix of rock `n’ roll, punk and rockabilly, which is delivered through high-energy sets. Don’t be surprised if you catch Geoff Kresge standing on his double bass or frontman Nick 13 swinging his guitar around during “Forever Fades Away.”

Mix folk and punk, and you’ll get `80s folk punk greats, Violent Femmes. The “Blister in the Sun” hitmakers are set to release their first album in sixteen years, We Can Do Anything, in March, but they’ll rock the stage at Brooklyn Bowl May 5 to kick off the summer. Rolling Stone once described the Milwaukee trio as “pretentious and utterly ineffectual [with] a genuine dynamism and raw, gutsy power that is enlivening as the best garage rock.” See how far they’ve come, then jig to “Gone Daddy Gone” and “American Music.”

Goo Goo Dolls perform at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Sept. 16. They’ve spent 30 years together and sold more than 10 million albums as a band, so chances are, you’ve heard some of their Grammy Award-winning hits such as “Slide” or “Here is Gone.” Can you believe the wildly popular “Iris” never won a Grammy? Sheesh.

Rock`n’ Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are bringing the jazz-tinged rock of Steely Dan to The Colosseum in Caesars Palace June 19. You never know what you’ll get when it comes to the `70s greats: impromptu jam sessions, new musicians, new material … anything goes. If that’s not enticing enough, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Steve Winwood opens.