Summer is not technically here, but who cares about technicalities? We need to go outside as much as possible, considering the entire month of January was spent next to the heater. Good thing May marks the start of the summer music festival season, not to mention the outdoor concert season. The Do Division Street Fest is always a nice dry run for our imminent marathon of festivals. Elsewhere, Lana Del Rey heads to the shed in Tinley Park for her Endless Summer Tour. There are also some big gigs indoors, as well. The Who celebrate 50 years as a band. Explore our picks of the top concerts in Chicago in May.
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Happy-sack piano pop dweeb Ben Folds wants to take you to church. Taking some time away from judging a cappella singers on reality television, the twee-indie Elton John is trying something a little more progressive this time out, touring with new-music ensemble yMusic, the artist-in-residence at Duke University.Read more
The Aussie act makes an anticipated return with its third album in 2015, and judging by "Let It Happen," you might want to clear some space off near the top of your Year's Best list. The vintage psychedelic merchants delve into electronics on the eight-minute cut, pouring mushrooms on the dance floor, in what could pass for a Daft Punk remix.Read more
The Sea and Cake have quietly, outside the fences of what is currently considered cool, worked and worked to a new career peak. The quartet's last record, Runner, was arguably its greatest, jumping from dreamy electronic pop ("Harps") to sun-dappled and sweet krautrock ("New Pattern").Read more
In its ninth year, Do Division, the street shindig booked by Empty Bottle and House Call Entertainment, holds down the last weekend in May, really kicking off the summer festival season. This year, the music lineup includes UK psych-rockers Temples, noisy weirdo Tobacco and soulful, dapper rocker Nick Waterhouse.Read more
The backlash to the backlash came quickly for Lana Del Rey. After a rather disasterous debut performance on SNL and subsequent LOLs, the Jessica Rabbit–like crooner responded by selling over 5 million copies of Born to Die. Oh, and her stage chops grew stronger. Her bewitching performance at Lollapalooza 2013 won over those who expected some trainwreck spectacle. Now, she returns for her second lap of promoting Ultraviolence, the even more David Lynchian album recorded with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.Read more