Concerts in Chicago: February live music calendar

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

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Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake Photo courtesy 2013 MSG Holdings LP

April is the cruelest month, T.S. Eliot said. Whatever. That dude has not been in Chicago in early 2014. Tighten up your scarf and get used to winter. The good news is there are many reasons to spend a cozy evening indoors beyond "hot cocktails" and "fireplace." The slate of pop, rock, country and indie shows is robust for such a short, frigid month. There's a major collaboration as Sting and Paul Simon share the stage. There's the return of enigmatic cult legend Neutral Milk Hotel. There's Justin Timberlake proving he can survive without Jay Z or general public interest in part two of his 20/20 Experience. Take a look at our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.

The Black Angels + Roky Erickson at Park West; Feb 5

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The retro-psychedelic band brings along its Texas scorch-rock spiritual godfather, Roky Erickson, and its "Mustachio Light Show." Taste the colors.

  1. Park West 322 W Armitage Ave, at Clark St
  2. Wed Feb 5
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Neutral Milk Hotel at Riviera Theatre; Feb 6, 7

The most successful band to come out of the infamous Elephant 6 Collective in Athens, GA, the cult icon returns.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Fri Feb 7
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2 Chainz + Pusha T at Chicago Theatre; Feb 7

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Two creators behind two of the best hip-hop albums of 2013 team up for the 2 Good to Be T.R.U. tour.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Fri Feb 7
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Dr. Dog at Riviera Theatre; Feb 8

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Over eight albums and 15 years, Dr. Dog has established itself as an approachable, artisanal take on jam bands and Pearl Jam.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Wild Cub at Subterranean; Feb 8

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Wild Cub is one of those new breed of acts that comes out of the box with the pop polish of the Killers.

  1. Subterranean 2011 W North Ave, at Damen and Milwaukee Aves
  2. Sat Feb 8
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Pixies at Riviera Theatre; Feb 9

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Now with bassist No. 3. The new stuff is really not that bad, people.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Sun Feb 9
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Com Truise at Lincoln Hall; Feb 14

  • Price band: 1/4

Seth Haley, despite adopting the dubious musical moniker Com Truise, makes smart, vaguely '80s-tinged electronic music.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Sat Sep 20
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10,000 Maniacs at City Winery; Feb 14

  • Price band: 2/4

Natalie Merchant left the band ages ago, but classically trained violinist Mary Ramsey is a solid stand-in.

  1. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, at Racine Ave
  2. Fri Feb 14
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A Tribe Called Red at Bottom Lounge; Feb 14

  • Price band: 1/4

Canada's A Tribe Called Red are a Native electronic act that fuses the very, very old with the very, very new.

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Fri Feb 14
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Justin Timberlake at United Center; Feb 16, 17

  • Price band: 3/4

The aging popstar knows how to slap on a bowtie and put on a show.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Mon Feb 17
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Delorean at Lincoln Hall; Feb 18

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Apar, the sophomore release from the Barcelona beat-makers, is pure sun-kissed electronic pop.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Tue Feb 18
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Alfie Boe at Park West; Feb 18, 19

  • Price band: 3/4

English singer Alfie Boe is yet another in a recent line of operatic pop singers.

  1. Park West 322 W Armitage Ave, at Clark St
  2. Until Wed Feb 19
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Aer at Metro; Feb 20

  • Price band: 1/4

Aer, mos def not to be confused with Air, finds the common, beige ground between Macklemore and fun.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Thu Feb 20
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at Lincoln Hall; Feb 20

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

His sixth Jicks outing is dubbed Wig Out at Jagbags. So wig out, jagbags.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Thu Feb 20
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Nick Waterhouse at Lincoln Hall; Feb 21

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Proof that they do, in fact, still make 'em like they used to.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Alejandro Escovedo + Peter Buck at Lincoln Hall; Feb 22

  • Price band: 2/4

R.E.M. guitarist opens for rock & roll vet.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Sat Feb 22
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Glasvegas at Schubas; Feb 24

  • Price band: 1/4

James Allen approaches pop like a bare-knuckle boxer. The very Scottish Scottish band returns.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Mon Feb 24
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Public Service Broadcasting at Schubas; Feb 25

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This peculiar and utterly English duo is like a cocktail of Kraftwerk, the Books and Man or Astroman.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Tue Feb 25
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Paul Simon & Sting at United Center; Feb 25

  • Price band: 3/4

Your dad is so pumped.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Tue Feb 25
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Lady Antebellum + Kacey Musgraves at Allstate Arena

  • Price band: 2/4

Country-pop sensations and Grammy darlings team up.

  1. Allstate Arena 6920 N Mannheim Rd
  2. Wed Feb 26
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