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Concerts in Chicago in February 2015

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

Photograph: Charles Petersen
The Sleater-Kinney reunion is one of the must-see concerts in Chicago in February.

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said. Whatever. That dude has not been in Chicago in winter. Tighten up your scarf and get used to the cold. The good news is there are many reasons to spend a cozy evening indoors beyond "fireplaces." The slate of pop, rock, country and indie shows is robust for such a short, frigid month. Take a look at our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.

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Marilyn Manson

Critics' pick

Like all horror movie villains, in hindsight Marilyn Manson seems more cartoonish than frightening. His new record, The Pale Emperor, sounds like a Bowie persona turned Tim Burton, and that's hope. He peaks at his glammiest.

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Riviera Theatre Until Thu Feb 5

Giraffage

Critics' pick

Dreamy electro-pop from San Fran's twentysomething multi-instrumentalist Charlie Yin. Yin brings his hip-hop-inspired rhythms to the Mid in support of recent EP, No Reason. His sample-heavy sound is far cry for the fist-pumping jocks of Vegas, but the kid gets the floor moving just as well.

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The Mid Until Fri Feb 13

Nikki Lane

Critics' pick

With a name like a hair metal singer and a voice like Patsy Cline after a few neat whiskeys, Lane is the latest Nashville singer-songwriter to have the production guidance of Dan Auerbach.

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Double Door Until Thu Feb 12

Cherub

This just might be the 10cc of the EDM generation, or at least the next Chromeo. A fitting night out for Valentine's Day, as long as the audience gets the joke.

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Concord Music Hall Until Sat Feb 14

The Mary Onettes

Critics' pick

The Mary Onettes hail from Jönköping, Sweden, the same hometown of the Cardigans, where the water must be fortified with Vitamin ABBA. The quartet has been one of the consistent act on Labrador, the countries best indie label, delicately blending jangle-pop, romance and shoegazing.

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Empty Bottle Until Sat Feb 14

Gorgon City

Critics' pick

Production duo Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott are making some of the sharpest, most on-point club music around. But it’s not just clubbers who are digging Gorgon City’s take on house music. Working as producers for big-draw crossover acts like Clean Bandit has opened up their music to a huge pop audience.

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Concord Music Hall Until Wed Feb 18

The Districts

Critics' pick

Four young, fresh-faced Pennsylvanians make rootsy, relaxed indie that occasionally switches up into a full-on rock-out. Their lovely sophomore album, A Flourish and A Spoil, was just released on Fat Possum Records, and sort of works a middle ground between Built to Spill and Alabama Shakes.

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Lincoln Hall Until Fri Feb 20

Nels Cline

Critics' pick

Eclectic six-string virtuoso Nels Cline, known to indie-rock buffs for his work with Wilco and to avant-jazz diehards for more than three decades of challenging output, is joined by Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Reed and Wilco bandmate Glenn Kotche.

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Constellation Until Sat Feb 21

Theophilus London

Critics' pick

Kanye West serves as executive producer on his latest record, Vibes, and Karl Lagerfeld shot the album cover. The Brit's chillwave hip-hop has never quite matched his style, but sometimes cool is enough.

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Bottom Lounge Until Mon Feb 23

The Growlers

Critics' pick

The Growlers are one of the growing number of California bands that play modern psychedelic music informed by their locale, but without a whiff of L.A. cheese, favoring instead the West Coast’s hippie-dippy looseness. At its best, the group invokes a smoking late-’60s beach party. Just like summer never ended!

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Lincoln Hall Wednesday September 30 2015
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