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Concerts in Chicago in September 2015

Summer may be over, but the start of the fall doesn't pull any punches on live shows. See who's coming to town with our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.

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.

RECOMMENDED: Our complete calendar for concerts in Chicago


Critics' pick

Their new one, Rock or Bust, sounds like all the rest, with stiff blues riffs and blue balls. AC/DC albums are as good as their juvenile puns, and "Emission Control" is one of the more clever ones.

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Wrigley Field Tuesday September 15 2015

Ed Sheeran

The Jason Mraz of adolescent England continues his climb up Mt. Fame.

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First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Wednesday September 16 2015


Critics' pick

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.

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Riviera Theatre Monday September 21 2015

The Pygmalion Festival

Critics' pick

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.

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The Highdive Wednesday September 23 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015


Critics' pick

Rebel Heart, the unlucky 13th album from Madonna, is being heralded as her best in a decade, which isn't saying too much, as that means it merely trumps Hard Candy and MDNA. But "Living for Love" alone is great enough to fall back into Madonna's muscular arms.

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United Center Monday September 28 2015