Concerts in Chicago: April live music calendar

Which of your favorite artists are coming to town this April? Explore our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago to find out

Photograph: Zen Sekizawa
OK Go come home on their little Japanese scooters for one of the top concerts in Chicago in April.

Winter is over! That wasn't so bad, was it? Oh, right, it was the worst. Which means Chicagoans are going to go H.A.M. once the weather warms up—eating outside as much as possible, going running… and getting out of the apartment to see concerts, of course. Good thing there's a fantastic slate of gigs to choose from. Check out all the top concerts in Chicago this April.

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Amen Dunes

Critics' pick

Amen Dunes, the tripped-out bedroom-psych vehicle of Damon McMahon, takes the stage in support of a new effort, Love. He crafts lackadaisical psychedelic rock, with some nice melodies and scratchy violin as well as guitars and drums. If you're brave enough and you can find a patch that isn't too sticky, lie down on the floor and soak it up.

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Schubas Wednesday April 1 2015

Clean Bandit

Critics' pick

A year ago, Clean Bandit were an underground crew picking up tastemakers’ respect for their weird-but-it-works blend of classical strings and funky house-pop. Then came "Rather Be", followed by their Top Five debut album New Eyes (named iTunes Dance album of the year), and they became one of 2014’s biggest new acts. This Metro show should be quite the celebration.

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Metro Chicago Wednesday April 1 2015

Belle & Sebastian

Critics' pick

For years we've argued with friends that Belle & Sebastian not just a twee act. The band rocks & rolls live, even on the tender stuff, and on its last few albums it has punched up the guitars, leaned back into funk grooves and polished the sound with an L.A. producer. But then frontman Stuart Murdoch had to go an make a B&S movie, God Help the Girl, which was twee as fuck, nearing parody. Chalk that up to nostalgia, as the Scots' new comeback record is anything but milksop mumblecore. It is bold, bright pop. "The Party Line," the first single from Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, is pure synthetic dancefloor silver. No, it's not EDM, but you can drop it on the dancefloor to great effect.

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Riviera Theatre

Public Service Broadcasting

Critics' pick

This peculiar and utterly English duo is the brainchild of one J. Willgoose, Esq., a young man dressed like a baby-faced Oxford prof. Wrigglesworth, his companion, is on drums. They chop up bits of old British film, television and radio and sprinkle the samples over driving motorik grooves fueled by electric guitar, vintage synths and banjo. The two have a new album about space exploration.

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Schubas Friday April 3 2015

Father John Misty

Critics' pick

With a voice like a cactus, one man Band Joshua Tillman has managed to fill the void of his erstwhile group Fleet Foxes (what ever happened to them?). The bearded crooner brings windswept indie-folk from his new Sub Pop release, I Love You, Honeybear. He's the kind of artist who once stuffed a novella into the liner notes of a record. We're assuming the new one is not a concept album about the former Chicago Bears cheerleading squad, but who knows?

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Vic Theatre

OK Go

Critics' pick

The playful power-pop quartet and masters of the viral music video return to their former hometown, bringing songs from its fourth album, Hungry Ghosts, along with "Here It Goes Again" (the treadmills), "This Too Shall Pass" (the Rube Goldberg device), "This Too Shall Pass" (the Notre Dame marching band hidden in a field). Go watch the stunning optical illusions. They are the Cheap Trick of the YouTube era.

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Metro Chicago Friday April 3 2015

La Dispute

Critics' pick

Head to the Metro to hear Michigan quartet La Dispute's newest post-hardcore endeavor: Rooms of the House, the band's third and best album. You’ll quickly recognize Jordan Dreyer (on vocals and percussion), responsible for writing, and subsequently screaming, intense poetry. Forget pretending you’re a cool and collected adult and relive your angsty teen years as you awkwardly sway to alt-rock.

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Metro Chicago Sunday April 5 2015

Jessie Ware

Critics' pick

On her debut, Devotion, the breathy British crooner brings buttery Sade sexuality to dubstep, building a bridge between Adele and James Blake. In 2014, she returned with grander ambitions, teaming on Tough Love with wunderkind pop producer Benny Blanco, who crafts candy bangers for Katy Perry. Thankfully, the vibe remains understated and downtempo. Bring a date. If not, go home with one.

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Metro Chicago Monday April 6 2015

Hookworms

Critics' pick

Leeds–based neo–krautrockers Hookworms ride their motorik grooves into the Empty Bottle on the heels of November's sophomore release, The Hum, an apt title given the quintet's penchant for drone–y but danceable rock.

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Empty Bottle Friday April 10 2015

Twin Shadow

Critics' pick

Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as North Brooklyn's one-man laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of indie-Prince, slick-dance-ballad endeavor—which is to say that it's awesome. He recently signed with Warner Bros. to complete his delayed Eclipse, so be on the lookout for sparkly new jams in 2015.

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Metro Chicago

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