Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music, comedy and concerts in Chicago

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Riot Fest announces 2015 lineup

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Iggy Pop and more headline the punk rock fest

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7 worst Lollapalooza conflicts

The Lolla schedule is out! Now there are some tough decisions to make.

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Riot Fest moves to Douglas Park

After a public clash with Humboldt Park officals, the punk rock carnival is going south

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12 huge music comebacks that need to happen

Festivals need reunions. Here are the biggest ones left to get.

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The 40 best album covers of the '90s

From the Nirvana baby to Ol' Dirty Bastard, these are our favorite sleeves from the 1990s

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Concerts in Chicago

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Concerts in Chicago this week

In the mood for a concert? Whether you want to mosh, sit or gently sway back and forth while standing, we have the event for you. Dig through our picks of the top rock & roll, electronic, pop, soul, jazz and blues shows taking place over the next seven days. Soak up some of the city's best live music this week and discover the top gigs and festivals on offer.

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Recently announced concerts

Buy tickets for Purity Ring, Sufjan Stevens, Billy Joel and more now

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Concerts in Chicago in May

Lana Del Rey, Passion Pit, Azealia Banks and more

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Concerts in Chicago in June

Lady Gaga, Spring Awakening and more

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See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

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North Coast Music Festival

This is the most colorful crowd of the summer. Check out hip-hop bands, jam acts and crazy costumes

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Ridiculous-looking people at Coachella 2015

We bring you these colorful characters to give you ideas for what to wear to Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Spring Awakening and North Coast, but mostly because these heat-addled festival-goers are just a joy to behold.

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Lollapalooza

Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more

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Pitchfork Music Festival

What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year

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See more Chicago music festivals

The best music ever

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The 40 best album covers of the '90s

From the Nirvana baby to Ol' Dirty Bastard, these are our favorite record sleeves from the 1990s

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The 50 best ’80s songs

The era of excess delivered on its promise sonically with glittering, shimmering gems

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The 11 best Björk songs ever

Her greatest hits, as voted on by Time Out's music staff

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The 50 best karaoke songs ever

So hit the karaoke bar, grab the mike, knock back your drink: It's time to take the stage

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The 20 best R&B songs ever

Take a bump ’n’ grind down memory lane with the top R&B songs from the last quarter-century

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The 50 best drinking songs

Any occasion is a good occasion for a drinking song. Feeling too blue to say cheers? We've got songs to drown your sorrows, too.

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Best music and nightlife venues in Chicago

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9 best blues clubs in Chicago

Boogieing to a bit of blues music is on the bucket list for most tourists. Here's where to go

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Top 10 nightclubs

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Comedy

The best comedy shows at bars and pubs

Some of the most daring Chicago comedy can be found in bars, bookstores and comics shops

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11 best rock venues in Chicago

Whether you're a music geek or just want to air guitar to some solos, these 11 venues should be on your radar

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13 best jazz clubs in Chicago

As you can see from our list of top jazz clubs in Chicago, jazz is very much alive here

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10 best hip-hop clubs in Chicago

Whatever you're looking for—a Top 40 urban playlist, cutting-edge rappers, old school jams, or a combination of it all—here are hip-hop music spots and dance clubs that will leave you satisfied

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Concert photos and reviews

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Our 50 best photos from Coachella 2015

From food to fashion, there was a lot to take in at this year's Coachella aside from just the music

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Meghan Trainor at House of Blues

That bass. Also: CONFETTI!!

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Fleetwood Mac at Allstate Arena

Christine McVie is back in the fold.

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Wilco at Riviera Theatre

Tweedy and crew dig into the back catalog at an emotional home show

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St. Vincent at Chicago Theater

Annie Clarke caps a massive year with a cool holiday gig

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