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The great Austin, Texas, singer-songwriter has spent the last 30 years playing his two best tricks off each other: He layers his albums and concerts with cellos, violins and soul-searching, and he regularly strips everything down to rock 'n' roll basics, closing shows with punk anthems such as the Stooges' ¿I Wanna Be Your Dog.¿ For a few years he was making thoughtful, complex albums inspired by his battle with hepatitis C, but this year's ¿Big Station¿ and 2010's ¿Street Songs of Love¿ are in touch with their inner Iggy. He's the ideal New Year's Eve headliner, and Chicago is lucky he's braving the cold.
10 p.m. at Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $65-$95; 847-492-8860 or evanstonspace.com
December 27, 2012