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

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Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour (and thankfully some great openers) to Chicago in March.

Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour (and thankfully some great openers) to Chicago in March.

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 "hot cocktails" and "fireplace." Two of the biggest names in pop music are coming to Chicago. Miley Cyrus… wait, come back… Miley brings two cool opening acts, Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira. Elsewhere, Lorde finally hits town to sing "Royals." Also on tap: Broken Bells, Bastille, Kings of Leon and more. Take a look at our list of upcoming concerts in Chicago.


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Broken Bells + Au Revior Simone at Vic Theatre; Mar 1

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Danger Mouse and Shins-dude duo returns with a second album, After the Disco.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Sat Mar 1
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Dead Meadow + Redgrave at Double Door; Mar 1

  • Critics choice

A smörgåsbord for those who prefer their rock slow as molasses and heavy as a tanker truck full of molasses

  1. Double Door 1572 N Milwaukee Ave, at Damen Ave
  2. Until Sat Mar 1
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Lincoln Hall; Mar 1

  • Price band: 1/4
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Those looking for more fresh shakes from Alabama, here come precocious retro-soulers St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Singer Paul Janeway (we are unsure of what miracles he has performed) can belt it as well as Brittany Howard, and his suit-wearing group's debut, Half the City, was produced by the keyboardist for the Alabama Shakes, those these boys lean harder on the horns and rhythm than the blues.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Until Sat Mar 1
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Badfinger at Mayne Stage; Mar 2

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

High off a revival of "Baby Blue," used in the closing moments of Breaking Bad, the '70s pop act returns. Well, what's left of it.

  1. Mayne Stage 1328 W Morse Ave, at Wayne Ave
  2. Sun Mar 2
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We Were Promised Jetpacks at Lincoln Hall; Mar 2

  • Price band: 1/4
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Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks delivers impassioned indie-rock bombast. Get there early to hear the bittersweet but tough jangle of fellow Scots Honeyblood.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Sun Mar 2
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Bob Mould at Old Town School of Folk Music, Mar 1; City Winery, Mar 2

  • Price band: 2/4
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The Hüsker Dü and Sugar man presents "25 Years of Workbook," which means an intimate exploration of his first solo album and likeminded material.

  1. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, at Racine Ave
  2. Sun Mar 2
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Cibo Matto at Lincoln Hall; Mar 6

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The playful duo returns with a purpose, touring a new record, Hotel Valentine, that features members of Wilco and Atoms for Peace.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Thu Mar 6
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White Denim at Metro; Mar 6

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Austin-based White Denim's latest, Corsicana Lemonade, might be the band's finest work.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Thu Mar 6
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Classixx at Double Door; Mar 7

  • Price band: 1/4
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Classixx is the West Coast wiggy-house duo of Tyler Blake and Michael David, responsible for that low-key, gorgeous remix of Yacht’s “Psychic City” (and loads of other great cuts). Hanging Gardens, its 2013 debut, was runner up for our favorite disco platters of the year (nex to a couple robots) and went a long way to fill the LCD-sized hole in our hearts.

  1. Double Door 1572 N Milwaukee Ave, at Damen Ave
  2. Until Fri Mar 7
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Miley Cyrus + Icona Pop + Sky Ferreira at Allstate Arena; Mar 7

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Look, you know MIley is going to do terrible things to groins, foam fingers and melody. But the opening acts on the Bangerz tour are wonderful.

  1. Allstate Arena 6920 N Mannheim Rd
  2. Fri Mar 7
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Dan Deacon at Subterranean; Mar 7

  • Price band: 1/4
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Baltimore's bespectacled, classically trained electro wunderkind

  1. Subterranean 2011 W North Ave, at Damen and Milwaukee Aves
  2. Until Fri Mar 7
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Saintseneca at Empty Bottle; Mar 7

  • Price band: 1/4

This Columbus, Ohio, troupe trades in the tropes that have been common to American indie for quite a while—harmonies, reverb, mustaches, folk, chanting, impassioned melancholy. But does it very well.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Xiu Xiu at Schubas; Mar 7

  • Price band: 1/4

Jamie Stewart has remained the sole steward of confrontational experimental indie act Xiu Xiu.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Fri Mar 7
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Kings of Leon at United Center; Mar 8

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Mechanical Bull was a pleasant surprise. The Followills charge through their sharpest set of songs in ages.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Sat Mar 8
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Tensnake at Spy Bar; Mar 8

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

German DJ and producer Marco Niemerski finally releases his debut record, Glow, this month, and it's packed with dance-music A-listers—Nile Rodgers (who is everywhere suddenly), Jamie Liddell, Stuart Price and more. "Love Sublime," featuring those trademark Chic/"Get Lucky" guitars is solid club gold. All of Tensnake's recent work has been body-jackin' on a Technotronic level, pumping up the soul-funk jams of the '80s for modern feet and ears.

  1. Spy Bar 646 N Franklin St, between Ontario and Erie Sts
  2. Until Sat Mar 8
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Stones Throw 'Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton' Tour at Empty Bottle; Mar 9

  • Price band: 1/4
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Old school hip-hop heads, your attendance is mandatory.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Sun Mar 9
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Thurston Moore + Richard Hell at Art Institute of Chicago; Mar 13

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A one-of-a-kind evening of NYC art-punk, in conjuction with the exhibit "Christopher Wool"

  1. Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave, at Adams St
  2. Until Thu Mar 13
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Metro; Mar 14

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This Warner Bros. duo has quietly crafted clever, colorful indie pop for years without the breakthrough it eagerly aches for and deserves.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Fri Mar 14
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Lorde at Aragon; Mar 18

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The teen queen of goth-pop finally deals Pure Heroine to Chicago.

  1. Aragon 1106 W Lawrence Ave, at Winthrop Ave
  2. Tue Mar 18
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Childish Gambino at Riviera Theatre; Mar 19

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Community star Donald Glover might ape the cadences and intonations of Kanye and Drake, but his writing is clever and embarrassingly confessional.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Until Wed Mar 19
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Good Vybes Fest at Empty Bottle; Mar 21, 22

  • Price band: 1/4
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A crusty garage punk psych spectacular spotlights Logan Square's Eye Vybe Records, one of those imprints that still issues cassettes. There's a lot of bleed between this inaugural fest and the Hozac Blackout fest, with fuzz rockers like Outer Minds, Useless Eaters and Plastic Crimewave in the fold. Unfortunately, the original headliner Twink, an acid eater and drummer part of the original psychedelic wave, having played in the In-Crowd, Tomorrow, the Pretty Things and the Pink Fairies in the '60s, had to cancel. Stepping in is the more than capable soulful garage swagger of the Velcro Lewis Group, which was recently featured in High Times magazine.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Sat Mar 22
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Tiger & Woods + Poolside at Primary; Mar 22

  • Price band: 2/4
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They're mysterious, their name isn't search-engine-friendly, and their druggy disco concoctions sneak onto the market so that only those in the know are savvy enough to snatch them up and hypnotize parties with the spacious grooves. The duo known as Tiger & Woods are also returning to Chicago for a proper club romp of disco, house and cosmic grooves. Opening is a favorite of ours, the downbeat sunshine disco duo Poolside, who debut, Pacific Standard Time, remains our aural happy pill.

  1. Primary 5 W Division St, at State St
  2. Until Sat Mar 22
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The War on Drugs at Metro; Mar 23

  • Price band: 2/4
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Though Kurt Vile left the band a while ago, the War on Drugs' colorful dreaminess is reminiscent of his solo work, but it's probably even sharper.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Sun Mar 23
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Future Islands at Lincoln Hall; Mar 26

  • Price band: 1/4
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Lo-fi trio Future Islands has a firm grasp on the notion that good electro-pop is all about cheeky melodrama (think Wild Beasts, Javelin plus Xiu Xiu).

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Wed Mar 26
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Kraftwerk at Riviera Theatre; Mar 27

  • Price band: 2/4
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It's the 40th anniversary of Autobahn and the showroom dummies, the world-famous robots return… in 3D.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Thu Mar 27
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Real Estate at Metro; Mar 27

  • Price band: 2/4
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Wandering, interweaving guitar lines keep the daydreaming alive.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Until Thu Mar 27
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Nightmares on Wax (DJ set) at the Mid; Mar 28

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

George Evelyn, much better known by his Nightmares on Wax pseudonym, hits Chicago in celebration of his luscious recent album, Feelin' Good.

  1. The Mid 306 N Halsted St, at Wayman St
  2. Until Thu Jul 3
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Warpaint at Metro; Mar 28

  • Price band: 2/4

After a three-plus year wait, the L.A. quartet returns with a self-titled statement, produced by super-duper knob twiddlers Flood and Nigel Godrich. It's awesome.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Fri Mar 28
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Skaters at Bottom Lounge; Mar 28

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Strokes for the Urban Outfitters generation. Key chorus: "To be young! In New York City!"

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Until Fri Mar 28
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Gary Numan at Metro; Mar 29

  • Price band: 2/4

Though he's taken to wearing a towering top hat, Gary Numan is still more industriofuturistic than steampunk.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Sat Mar 29
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Shearwater at Empty Bottle; Mar 29

  • Price band: 1/4

Austin's Shearwater spun out of Okkervil River, but thankfully (for the sake of diversity) followed a different path than its parent band.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Sat Mar 29
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Martin Solveig at the Mid; Mar 9

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

A giant of Parisian house music, the playful, tennis-adoring Solveig helped blow up this whole EDM things smash servings like "Hello."

  1. The Mid 306 N Halsted St, at Wayman St
  2. Until Sat Mar 29
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Bastille at Riviera Theatre; Mar 31

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

British synthpop act Bastille pumps up the melodrama on its smash debut, Bad Blood, updating the New Romantic polish of the 1980s for the EDM generation.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Tue Oct 21
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Dum Dum Girls at Empty Bottle; Mar 31

  • Price band: 1/4
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Simultaneously sunny-and-gothy L.A. surf-rockers Dum Dum Girls play riffy, colorful rock behind the vocals of lead singer Dee Dee on their latest Sub Pop release, Too True.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Mon Mar 31
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