Doves next stop on the North American tour, takes them to Minneapolis. Third time lucky, as the previous two scheduled shows in the twin cities, back in 2002 & 2005 were canceled. The 2005 show was canceled, as doves were offered to play on Letterman on the same date.

The blog is maybe a bit bias towards this show, as this will be my first show of the year. First doves show in four years! Where has the time gone?! I will also be taking in the shows in Chicago & Detroit. I will be posting twitter updates tomorrow, as I take the 16 hour round trip to Minneapolis on the mighty Megabus. Wish me luck!! All things being well I should be back in Chicago early Friday morning, with some kind of review!

Here’s hoping for a bit of Compulsion.

Manchester-reared rockers Doves holed up in the English countryside and took four years to finish their fourth album, “Kingdom of Rust,” but the songs mostly remain the same. The trio stuck with the melancholy but richly melodic Brit-rock sound that has earned them No. 1 albums on the U.K. charts and more critical respect stateside than Coldplay. Opener Wild Light, an anthemic group from the wilds of New Hampshire, has also toured with the Arcade Fire and the Killers. (8 p.m. Thu., Varsity Theater. 18 & older. $20.)

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