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In what must be part of some grand Canadian takeover scheme, the Constantines have teamed up with fellow Toronto band the Unintended for a split 12-inch of Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot covers, to be released later this year. Until then the money shot is their new full-length, Tournament of Hearts (Sub Pop), which is everything those who loved Shine a Light might've hoped for. The songs are crisp and tight--lush pop with postpunk twinges--and the brittle ballads, like "Soon Enough," put the brakes on the band's intensity only to make the full-throttle version seem even more powerful later. It's the oldest trick in the book, but it still works. The Hold Steady headline, the Constantines play second, and Thunderbirds Are Now! open. Fri 10/28, 8:30 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $13 in advance, $15 at the door. All ages.

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