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Leonard Cohen performs at Caesars

Leonard Cohen has one of those voices that could make a pineapple emote, cavern-deep and choked with longing. He sings of loves lost and found with an almost off-handed grace, his words soothing and stinging in equal measure. Call it uneasy listening. See Leonard Cohen at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $49.50-$250; call 731-7333.

Avenged Sevenfold set to rock The Joint

Avenged Sevenfold is a new-school metal band with an old-school swagger and a fondness for hooks every bit as outsized as a proper rock god’s ego. Their latest disc is called “Nightmare,” and that’s most assuredly what it must represent for those with refined sensibilities: This is leering, sneering hard rock where subtlety is but a dream. See Avenged Sevenfold at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Joint at the Hard Rock, 4455 Paradise Road. Tickets start at $39.50; call 693-5583.

Jon Anderson playing solo gig

Jon Anderson’s songs are often about peace and harmony. The ongoing politics of the band Yes? Not so much.

Rocks Lounge hosts Rundgren

Todd Rundgren is a musical mimic, one who once helmed a Beatles sound-alike album called “Deface the Music.”

Family Force 5 headlines tour

Remember those crappy school Christmas pageants you had to be in as a kid, you know, where you played, like, a tree or something? Well, now you can watch other kids do the same, sort of, but with guitars and dance beats and hopefully a bit less crappiness as the equally poppy and clubby Family Force 5 enlivens the season by headlining “The Christmas Pageant” tour, along with screamo favorites Forever The Sickest Kids in addition to the emotive Secondhand Serenade and Shorelines End. Make like a tree, once again, and leave for the festivities at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $25-$35; call 632-7600.

Franky Perez back home again

Las Vegas native Franky Perez left home to pursue his music career when he was a teenager.