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Leonard Cohen 

When: Sat., March 2, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 3, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $71.50-$253

Speaking of possible last chances to see pioneering musicians (see B.B. King at the Fox on 2/28), the Montreal-born Leonard Cohen will also roll through town this week, stopping by The Paramount Theatre (2020 Broadway, Oakland) for two nights, Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. Cohen, who'll turn 79 this year, carved a name for himself with his gravelly voiced lamentations on unrequited love and other nostalgic topics, and his most recent album, 2012's Old Ideas, didn't veer far from this template, setting his prayer-like musings to a light gospel and blues backdrop and earning a place on NPR's top albums of the year. Cohen hasn't exactly been prolific in his career (having produced 12 albums in 46 years), so if you've ever had a hankering to see the singer -- whose 1990 contribution to the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack put him in the consciousness of Gen X-ers -- now's a good chance. 8 p.m., $71.50-$253.

— Kathleen Richards


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