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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The man with the iconic sneer (no, not Elvis) hits town. Dance in rockin' ’80s leather fashion to hits such as "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Hot in the City" from the Generation X punk. The Oklahoma garage rock bros of Broncho open, with a sweet scuzz that should tickle fans of FIDLAR and the Black Lips.Read more
Though the band has been touring heavily for the last couple years, there's new reason to shell out the bucks. Sixteen years after leaving the band, Christine McVie returns to the eternally great Mac. This means we can hear her again sing sunshine like "Everywhere," "Hold Me" and "Think About Me," which is a very, very good thing. Oh, and Lindsey Buckingham is still the coolest.Read more
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.Read more
Weirdo pop scamp Ariel Pink approached maturity on, well, Mature Themes, a career peak performance that balanced the gross-out jokes with emotional sincerity. Now, with a public flashlight aimed at him, he is retreating into the dark recesses of the theater to craft his perverted B-movie bubblegum. Pom Pom, his new record, is all pink slime and poodle skirts, the sock-hop sounds of 1960 laced with LSD. As tunes like "Nude Beach a Go-Go" imply, the material is akin to Frankie Avalon as imagined by Troma Entertainment.Read more
Everyone reunites, so it's no surprise to have Sleater-Kinney back. But few comebacks are so welcome and needed. The trio trash and swing with a two guitar attack and offer a sound that is growing more uncommon—not just unfiltered rock but a headline act of all women. Corin, Carrie and Janet quietly recorded a noisy new album, No Cities to Love, due early in the new year. A funny thing has happened in the band's hiatus—Carrie Brownstein, once the secondary singer, is now indisputably the frontwoman, thanks to her surprising career as a television star. Porlandia means it is here voice you hear up front in new single "Bury Our Friends." But what makes S-K roar is that it is the work of three simultaneous voices.Read more