Catch the band — along with the Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Jack's Mannequin, and Bloc Party — protesting silence with reliable showmanship on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m., $32.50-$57.50; www.livenation.com.
Live 105's annual holiday bash, Not So Silent Night, is always crammed with radio staples, but this year it provides a real treat with one of 2009's biggest sneak peeks. Franz Ferdinand managed to hole up away from the spotlight in 2008, but on January 27, the Scottish lads once again test major stardom with the release of Tonight, their first full-length in four years. The teaser single, "Lucid Dreams," is lackluster compared to the group's more dazzling dancefloor struts, but I'm still among the fans curious to hear more.
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