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Pop Essentials, July 24- July 30

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Def Leppard and KISS


The Word: These two '70s juggernauts are teaming up for a classic rock tour across the nation. KISS, one of the greatest-selling bands of all time, are currently celebrating their 40th anniversary. Each band performs 75 minutes of high-energy glam rock, and reviews have praised the bands' lighting and special effects. With bands as flamboyant as these two, anything other than over-the-top would be a disappointment.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Jiffy Lube Live, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $36-$191 and are available at


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Iggy Azalea

The word: This past year, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's career has taken off with her debut album, "The New Classic" finally being released in April. Pair the album release with popular collaborations with Rita Ora, a number-one hit with "Fancy" and a "Weird Al" Yankovic parody with "Handy" and you have a career-making year by mid-July. Azalea's live shows are known for bringing professional and expansive performances to intimate venues.

Details: 8 p.m. Sept. 25, at Pier Six Pavillion, 731 East Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $45 and will be available Friday at

Big Premiere


The word: Yes, the old "we only use ten percent of our brains" conceit is complete bunk, but so is the idea that a billionaire wouldn't be crushed by G-force while going mach 2 in an Iron Man suit, so let's meet the movie halfway. "Lucy" represents a return to the action heroine genre for Luc Besson who wrote and directed "Nikita," "The Fifth Element" and "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc." Besson often brings a deft French touch to brainless American-style blockbusters, and word is that "Lucy" gets real weird, real fast.

Details: "Lucy" premieres Friday in theaters nationwide, including Regal Westminster 9. For show time information, call 410-857-1422.



Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

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'Hypnotic Eye'

The Word: For nearly 40 years, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty has built a name for himself as a lyrical rocker with something on his mind. His 16th album – the thirteenth with the Heartbreakers – "Hypnotic Eye," named after the '60s schlock-horror piece "The Hypnotic Eye," is his return to the classic rock sound after the stylistic departure of 2010's "Mojo." Petty has said the album is a throwback to his first two albums, which launched his career with the singles "American Girl," "I Need to Know" and "Listen to Her Heart."

Details: "Hypnotic Eye will be available Tuesday for $10.49 on Amazon and $10.99 on iTunes.

Couch Potato


'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

The Word: Every week, naturalist Bear Grylls will take a different celebrity out into the wild for a weekend survival trip in a variety of locations across the globe. The show premieres with former-teen hunk Zac Efron of "High School Musical" and "The Neighbors" as he and Bear Grylls spend 48 hours together in the Catskill Mountains. In the show, Bear and Zac skydive and practice their survival techniques. Future episodes will feature Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum and Tom Arnold.

Details: "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" premieres 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.