Billie Joe Armstrong sang, "Wake me up when September ends." Thanks, but we'd rather be lucid this month. Soak up the city before it gets cold and take time to listen to some great bands. The summer music festival season is not over yet, as Riot Fest and others return to showcase some great acts. Dinosaur rock act AC/DC hits Wrigley Field. Explore our picks of the top September gigs.
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For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well, offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive yelp-and-shout singing. Here, the Pacific Northwest indie-rock heavies gig behind their latest LP (and first in eight years), Strangers to Ourselves.Read more
If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change very soon. The electro-songsmith—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. The mania seems to be spreading for the hip-hop Jacques Brel (to use a crude but apt description), judging by the high demand for this big gig in Chicago.Read more
Now, normally we are not big on listing events in Champaign. After all, this is Time Out Chicago, and Champaign feels like the deep south. However, this little music (and literature) festival annually puts together a stellar lineup that is like a budget-size Pitchfork. Ride (see below) headlines.Read more
Destroyer's Kaputt made soft rock saxophone solos an indie rock staple, but Dan Bejar mines a different vein of nostalgic sounds on his latest record, Poison Season. Lead single "Dream Lover" comes out of the gate like a lover letter to the Boss, featuring an E Street Band-worth of wailing horns and stomping refrains. If Bejar slips on a leather jacket, he might pass for Springsteen's long lost brother.Read more
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!Read more