Concerts in Chicago this week

Who's playing Chicago this week? Get listings for the very best live music in the Windy City, and find a recommended gig near you over the next seven days

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Lose yourself to music at our picks of the best concerts, club events and live shows in Chicago this week.

Lose yourself to music at our picks of the best concerts, club events and live shows in Chicago this week. Photo: cousindaniel.com

In the mood for a concert? Whether you want to mosh, sit or gently sway back and forth while standing, we have the event for you. Dig through our picks of the top rock & roll, electronic, pop, soul, jazz and blues shows taking place over the next seven days. Soak up some of the city's best live music this week and discover the top gigs and festivals on offer.

Sam Smith

  • Price band: 2/4
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When Disclosure and Sam Smoth collaborated to make the single Latch, the London singer grabbed the attention of the music community. Since then Smith has release various singles and a brand new LP on Capitol Records In the Lonely Hour. Various singles off that album such Lay Me Down and Money on My Mind have made it on the U.K charts, but we're hoping that he can make a name for himself here in America. With a voice like his however, we don't think he'll need much luck doing that.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Mon Sep 22
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DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist

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Shadow has one of the coolest stage shows in electronic music, though we're guessing he won't be stuck inside his DJ sphere this tour, not with fellow Cali turntablist Cut Chemist tagging along. The two will spin vinyl only—LPs exclusively from the collection of Afrika Bambaataa. Dope. Cut Chemist is best known at the man on the decks behind Jurassic 5. Shadow has been relatively quiet since dropping his underrated fourth LP three years ago. Expect more scratching than at the lottery counter in a 7-Eleven.

  1. House of Blues 329 N Dearborn St, between Kinzie St and Lower Wacker Dr
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Ty Segall

  • Price band: 2/4
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Holy cow, Ty Segall went, like, months without making a new record. The new king of garage rock is making up for the slack with a double album, Manipulator. Mikal Cronin, who has become quite a power-popper of renown on his own, plays bass on this tour. If you like fuzz (and his side project Fuzz), this is the guitar man for you. Bring your hippie dad and you skater little bro. The charming surf-rock revival group La Luz opens.

  1. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, at 18th St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Simian Mobile Disco

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Colourful techno duo Simian Mobile Disco are always a safe bet for a storming live show. As well as rolling out their immense and widely loved back catalogue, broadly covering glitchy electro and pumping dancefloor attacks that never get old, SMD are known for unleashing acid techno warfare in a live setting, which always goes down a treat. They serve up a stripped down new project, Whorl, where the two utilize a single instrument each, an analog synthesizer and a sequencer.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Stromae

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If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really 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 first big gig in Chicago.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Wed Sep 24
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The Pygmalion Festival

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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, in its tenth year, this little music (and literature) festival has put together a stellar lineup that is like a medium size Pitchfork. Chvrches, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho, Sun Kil Moon, Ex Hex, Wooden Shjips and more hit the Illini hub. The first two days are on campus at the Krannert Center, while Saturday and Sunday shows go down downtown at the Highdive. Check out the website for more details.

  1. The Highdive 51 East Main Street, 61820
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Sep 28
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King Crimson

  • Price band: 4/4
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Are you ready for more guitar Frippery? One of the coolest axe players in rock history, Robert Fripp has reunited his prog pioneers, minus Adrian Belew. The latest lineup features Fripp, Chapman Stick man Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Jakko Jaksyyk and drummers Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin. People who read magazines like Modern Drummer will know who those people are. A bit surprising, considering a couple years ago Fripp said in an interview, "My life as a professional musician is a joyless exercise in futility." So, enjoy.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Sep 27
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Slow Club

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Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor formed the duo of Slow Club in 2006 and have made two EPs and three studio albums since. While many of their songs have a continuous feel-good theme, the two have been pushing morphed their sound between pop, rock and folk. The Brits will be coming to Chicago with their latest album Complete Surrender, which shifts from piano melancholy to indie dance glee.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Thu Sep 25
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Cold Waves Festival

  • Price band: 3/4
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Get your black leather ready and stay out of the sun. Front 242 and Fear Factory headline the third edition of this celebration of synthpunk, aggrotech and all things industrial. Don't worry, there are Germans here, of course—Die Krupps. Wax Trax and Ministry fans should slurp up this bill, featuring the rusted metal sounds of Chris Connelly’s Cocksure, Youth Code, Acumen Nation, Author & Punisher, Caustic, ∆Aimon, Cyanotic and more.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Sep 27
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The Raveonettes

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The Danish indie duo consisting of Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner have been performing and recording their unique style of harmonic noise rock for over twelve years. The two return after the delightful and dark 2012 album Observator with a fresh record of pop noir.

  1. Double Door 1572 N Milwaukee Ave, at Damen Ave
  2. Fri Sep 26
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Hyde Park Jazz Festival

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An impressive lineup of jazz musicians swing through Hyde Park for the annual Jazz Festival, which takes place at multiple venues throughout the neighborhood.

  1. Midway Plaisance 731 E 60th St, between Cottage Grove Ave and Stony Island Ave
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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The Black Keys + Cage the Elephant

  • Price band: 3/4
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After the sleek, commercial sound of El Camino, the Black Keys return to a more soulful groove on the new Turn Blue. Produced again by Danger Mouse of Broken Bells, the former Ohioans float through some nifty psych on the record. Two word review: Brothers Bells. It's mellower, for certain, but lest you think that won't fare well inside a stadium, there is a fresh spritz of Pink Floyd to the affair, and they did just fine in arenas. Kentucky's Cage the Elephant opens with its modern garage-rock melange of Strokes, Pixies and Black Lips influences.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Kacey Musgraves

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Rising country starlet Kacey Musgraves offers a deft twist on the genre with songs like "It Is What It Is" from her fourth album, Same Trailer Different Park, which hit No. 2 in the Billboard chart. The Texan peppers her Nashville pop with modern idioms like, "Maybe I love you / Maybe I'm just kind of bored / It is what it is," while other tracks are downright subversive in a traditionally straightlaced genre. Think Taylor Swift with genuine attitude (and, y'know, actual twang) and a lovely voice. 

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Why?

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Why? stands out like a sore thumb in its label Anticon Record, as one of the only indie-rock bands surrounded by hip-hop label-mates. Frontman Yoni Wolf spits his lyrics in a fashion very similiar to rap though, so perhaps their partnership with Anticon is one that is more well-fitting than we imagine. Nevertheless, the composition of the trio's music and lyrics are dark and personal, which sets the Oakland trio apart from the normal hipster indie folk band. 

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Sat Sep 27
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Benjamin Booker

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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.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Sat Sep 27
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The Drums

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Donning mod attire and dancing feverishly through every song, Brooklyn's much-buzzed Drums channel a heavy new-wave element, as heard on 2011's Portamento. A follow-up titled Encyclopedia is expected later this year. In the meantime, catch them live at Bottom Lounge on September 27. 

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Mon Sep 29
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