Although Blondie tour these days without early members Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison, Frank Infante and Gary Valentine, the current lineup fronted by lead singer Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke still packs considerable punch onstage. Harry’s vocals remain lilting, Burke attacks his kit with a controlled chaos and visual flair that evoke Keith Moon, and Stein’s occasional solos exude a seedy Velvet Underground vibe that hearkens back to the group’s CBGB roots (one wishes that Stein did more of the soloing instead of the group’s generic metal guitarist, Tommy Kessler). Blondie’s better songs (“Dreaming,” “In the Sun”) remain timelessly engaging. However, Elvis Costello’s ongoing attempts to approximate the wit and sophistication of Broadway tunesmiths continue to feel mannered and stilted compared with the driving urgency of such early tracks as “Pump It Up.”
The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Mon., Aug. 5, 7 p.m.; $29.50-$175. (844) 524-7335, www.lagreektheatre.com.