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Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour to Allstate Arena with openers Icona Pop, March 7, 2014.

Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour to Allstate Arena with openers Icona Pop, March 7, 2014. Photographer:

Our Time Out photo team and critics hit the concert halls each week to bring you the best band images, crowd shots, crazy fans and, occassionally, laser shows. We hit the arenas, bars and festivals. Yeah, tough job. (Well, it can be when Jack Johnson comes to town.) Stay tuned to our blog for fresh concert photographs every week.

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Jack White at Chicago Theatre

The guitar hero rips into old hits, cover song and solo tunes in a marathon three-hour concert.

Riverwest Music Festival

With canceled shows, inaccessible acts and extra costs, the inaugural EDM event had issues.

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Logan Square gets down to a horde of local acts.

Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion

Ezra, Rostam and the two Chrises bring 'Modern Vampires' to our city.

Die Antwoord at Riviera Theatre

Ninja, Yolandi and DJ Hi-Tek premiere bonkers hip-hop from their new 'Donker Mag'.

Haim at Riviera Theatre

We came for Este's bass face and stayed for the Beyoncé cover.

Lana Del Rey at Aragon

The controversial chanteuse eschews 'Ultraviolence' to stick with her hits amidst wicker furniture, flowers and teen screams.

The Knife at Aragon

The beautifully bonkers Swedish group blends aerobics, space cults, gender politics, glitter and drums.

Iggy Azalea at House of Blues

The rising Australian rapper brought a bit of Miami to Chicago and did "Work" with fresh hits from debut album 'The New Classic'.

Schoolboy Q at Metro

Hip-hop's "Man of the Year" delivered hits from 'Oxymoron' to a packed house and cloud of smoke.

Sam Smith at Vic Theatre

The soulful U.K. singer ended the American leg of his tour with a preview of new songs from debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'.

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The National at Chicago Theatre

The sharp-dressed gentlemen bring 'Trouble' to the historic venue on State Street for the first show of a four-night stand.

Phantogram at Riviera Theatre

The New York duo brings pop hooks, hip-hop beats and a boatload of strobes to a sold-out crowd.

Bastille at the Riv

Dan Smith brought huge hits like "Pompeii" and big hair to a crowd of screaming fans.

Dum Dum Girls at Empty Bottle

Sub Pop's gothic girl group rocked a sold-out show with its black bubblegum pop. Check out shots of the band.

Warpaint at Metro

The all-female quartet whipped up eerie harmonies and dark grooves from its mesmerizing new record

Lorde at Aragon

The 17-year-old gothic pop sensation sings 'Royals' under chandelier light

Miley Cyrus at Allstate Arena

Bedazzled weed swimwear is the least weird thing on the Bangerz tour

Kings of Leon at United Center

The Followill boys bring the Southern garage boogie of strong comeback album Mechanical Bull to the home of the Bulls

Justin Timberlake at United Center

A massive career-spanning set (well, minus 'N Sync) from JT

Broken Bells at Vic Theatre

James Mercer and Brian Burton tour a second album of sci-fi pop, After the Disco, in a very Logan's Run stage set.

Public Service Broadcasting at Schubas

J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wriggleworth meld old radio and post-rock.

Pixies at Riviera Theatre

Different bassist, new songs. Same old awesome Frank Black.

2 Chainz at Chicago Theatre

While his lyrics and stage show will not force Kanye West to lose any sleep, the man can bark about the baller lifestyle with wit.

Kanye West at United Center

Yeezus on the mountaintop

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Our favorite moments and faces in the crowd

Chance the Rapper at Riviera Theatre

The hip-hop success story of 2013 hits Uptown

Cut Copy at Riviera Theatre

Aussie house-pop kings shake the Riv. Literally

Drake + Miguel at United Center

Hey, girl. Drake has a ring for you

Zeds Dead at Aragon

Madeon joins in for an end of 2013 blowout

Midlake at Schubas

The Texas act channels the lush prog-rock of groups like Pink Floyd and Camel

Pink at United Center

So she is basically Cirque du Soleil now

Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Soldier Field

Two of the biggest stars in pop, together, on their suit and tie shit

Icona Pop at Metro

The Swedish pop duo sport lamp hats and serve up catchy cuts from This Is… Icona Pop

She & Him at Aragon

Zooey D. and M. Ward dish out more adorable retro pop

Paramore at Chicago Theatre

Hayley Williams is a bundle of energy

Big Boi at Park West

Outkast is reunited, but Daddy Fat Stacks can get it done on his own

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