New this week:

Not Fade Away (*** out of four stars) Suburban New Jersey in the 1960s is carefully recreated by "Sopranos" auteur David Chase. John Magaro is great as Douglas, a gawky teen who finds confidence in his rock band. James Gandolfini, also of "The Sopranos," is the often-exasperated dad. A sprawling, often well-done tale. It's a hit. Rated R.


- Steven Rea


Gov't Mule

Formed as an Allman Brothers offshoot in 1994, Gov't Mule, which plays Dec. 28 and 29 at the Tower Theater, has kept its vigor and roadworthiness, becoming a much-followed jam band, due in large part to front man Warren Haynes. He calls Gov't Mule "the perfect laboratory for us to do whatever we want." They play a heady, diverse mix of genres and styles, embracing their influences, as well as the surprises of live performance.

- Nicole Pensiero

Gov't Mule plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 28-29 at the Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby.

Tickets: $26.25-$55. Information: 800-745-3000,