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Top weekend shows: Leonard Cohen, Kids These Days, Titus Andronicus

Greg Kot

5:15 PM CST, November 21, 2012

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Leonard Cohen: The master songwriter’s baritone voice remains equally adept at poetic seduction and black humor. Cohen at 78 is in the midst of a career renaissance. His latest release, “Old Ideas” (Columbia), is one of the year’s finest, 8 p.m. Friday at Akoo Theatre, 5400 N. River Road,  Rosemont, Ill., $27.50, $47.50, $87.50, $127.50, $167.50, $250; ticketmaster.com.

Kids These Days: The Chicago septet puts hip-hop, soul, funk, rock, blues and whatever else you can dream up into a blender, and comes out with high-energy songs and also some surprisingly atmospheric gems on its self-released debut album, “Traphouse Rock,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., $12; jamusa.com

Titus Andronicus: Patrick Stickles and his guitar army bring new songs from their third album, “Local Business,” to the stage, where they can be properly demolished with roof-busting choruses, 8 p.m. Sunday at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., $18; metrochicago.com.

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