Concerts in Chicago: March live music calendar

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

Meghan Trainor

The official start of spring arrives on March 20. Well, maybe somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. Here, keep wearing that scarf and count the days until the unofficial end of Chicago winter (Memorial Day?). The good news is there are many reasons to spend a cozy evening indoors beyond "fireplace." Two of the biggest names in pop music are coming to Chicago—Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande. Elsewhere, Meghan Trainor finally hits town to sing "All About That Bass." Take a look at our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande, pop music's latest superstar diva, headlines the Allstate Arena behind her hit second album, My Everything, a show for which the former Nickelodeon TV star surely won't have a "Problem" selling tickets as she continues to "Break Free" of her child performer image. [Stop us before we kill again.] English R&B act Rixton opens.

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Allstate Arena Tuesday March 3 2015

Meghan Trainor

Critics' pick

"All About That Bass" is G-rated booty music, a sort of squeaky clean Nicki Minaj for the American Girl set. The girl looks like a living Lego Friends set, but a satirical undercurrent suggests she could be the American Lily Allen. Still, how did that turn out?

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House of Blues Wednesday March 4 2015

Honeyblood

Glasgow's Honeyblood released their self-titled LP in June 2014, which was absolutely the perfect time to appreciate the duo's bright, breezy, and fuzz-laden jangle jams.

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Empty Bottle Thursday March 5 2015

Taking Back Sunday

Pop-punk stalwart Taking Back Sunday is joined by letlive. and the Menzingers, tapping into an emo ouvre that stretches back to early 2000s. The band released its sixth album, Happiness Is, in 2014.

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Riviera Theatre Friday March 6 2015

Tweedy

Critics' pick

Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy paired with his 18-year-old son Spencer on the recent Sukierae, a lovely distillation of  everything the Wilco man does well, from spare folk to krautrock. Here, the duo plays with a band.

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Vic Theatre Friday March 6 2015 - Saturday March 7 2015

Lust for Youth

Critics' pick

Upbeat, coldwave-influenced synthpop, fresh from the Copenhagen punk scene, Lust for Youth bring the calculatingly beautiful Danish design approach to gothic synthpop. The band's latest, International, sounds off like Arne Jacobsen building chairs with New Order in his bedroom on a rainy day.

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Empty Bottle Saturday March 7 2015

Kindness

Critics' pick

World, You Need a Change of Mind—the exquisite debut album by Adam Bainbridge under his Kindness alias—was Time Out London's favorite LP of 2012. Now, like some modern-day Arthur Russell, he's back with his warm, luscious and eclectic mixture of disco, soul, funk, R&B and more besides. Catch him on stage, pulling lanky shapes and generally being a top showman, as he digs into album two: Otherness.

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Lincoln Hall Wednesday March 11 2015

Echosmith

Critics' pick

Echosmith has become popular with the type of crowd the protagonist in "Cool Kids" laments not being a part of. Oh, irony, you magnificent bastard.

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Metro Chicago Thursday March 12 2015

Levitation Chicago: The Pop Group + Swervedriver and more

Critics' pick

Levitation, the psychedelic rock festival in Austin, shares some of its stash and sets up a Chicago branch. The Pop Group, one of the stranger post-punk acts to come out of England in the late '70s, headlines with shoegazer stalwart Swervedriver.

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Thalia Hall Friday March 13 2015 - Saturday March 14 2015

Of Montreal + Deerhoof

Critics' pick

Two of the more endearing and enduring indie acts of the last two decades team up for an evening of colorful and quirky rock.

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Metro Chicago Friday March 13 2015

Sylvan Esso

Critics' pick

Electronic duo Sylvan Esso, comprising vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn, garnered attention last year with its hypnotic first single "Hey Mami." The pair performs here in support of its lovely self-titled debut album. Careful, for a couple of former folkies, their deep bass blasts near the brown note.

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Metro Chicago Saturday March 14 2015

King Khan & BBQ Show

Critics' pick

Hundreds of acts revive the garage-rock sounds of the '60s, but few manage to remember the B-movie kitch and switchblade danger of the genre quite like this duo.

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Lincoln Hall Tuesday March 17 2015

Maroon 5 + Magic!

Adam Levine, the blond guy from Nebraska, and the rest of Maroon 5 return with what is increasingly starting to sound like Levine's solo vehicle. The Californians' fifth album, V, utilizes the entire Malibu and Stockholm phone books in its credits. Canadian cruise-ship reggae act Magic! opens.

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United Center Thursday March 19 2015

STS9

The five-piece Atlanta band has developed into something of a touring juggernaut over the last decade, building a devoted following on both the EDM and jam-band circuits.

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House of Blues Thursday March 19 2015

Will Butler

Critics' pick

Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and former Northwestern poetry major Will Butler pops back into Chicago for a dirt cheap gig promoting his first solo album of uptight new-wave Policy.

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Hideout Monday March 23 2015 - Thursday June 4 2015

TV on the Radio

Critics' pick

Somehow TVOTR sound reenergized with every new album—and this is resoundingly evident in the band's sixth record. Seeds plays as a breakup album and folds equal parts playfulness and ah-fuckit despair into its mix.

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Metro Chicago Monday March 23 2015

The Preatures

Critics' pick

Australia's adorable Preatures mine the same '70s-meets-'80s roller-rink gold as Haim and the Cardigans. The band's fresh debut, Blue Planet Eyes, is clean and warm throwback pop with touches of funk and Fleetwood Mac, especially when vocalist Isabella Manfredi is joined by her "Buckingham," guitarist Gideon Bensen.

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Schubas Thursday March 26 2015

The Decemberists

Critics' pick

After a hiatus to pursue baroque children's books, knitting and artisanal canning or whatever, the über-indie-folk icons return. Colin Meloy announced the new LP by busking on the street, because of course he did. The delightful Alvvays opens with jangle rock that harks back to the sunshower pop of Velocity Girl.

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Chicago Theatre Friday March 27 2015

Benjamin Booker

Critics' pick

A 22-year-old with an opening slot on Jack White's tour under his belt, Booker melds blues-rock formalism with joyous garage rock rambunctiousness, like the Mississippi Delta gone Strokes. The New Orleans–based newcomer howls and sneers while maining a smile on his eponymous debut. He is the rare act that can dazzle fans of both Clapton and Ty Segall.

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Metro Chicago Saturday March 28 2015

Ibeyi

Critics' pick

Primed to be one of the great breakout acts of 2015, Ibeyi are 19-year-old twins Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. The French-Cuban duo meld trip-hop, neo-soul and Yoruban roots on a minimal set-up of hand percussion and piano. It's a little bit FKA Twigs meets Putomayo, but haunting nonetheless.

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Schubas Sunday March 29 2015

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