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Upcoming concerts in Chicago

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Looking for live music in Chicago? Well you've come to the right place. Day in, day out, we keep our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground in order to find the latest gig announcements in the Windy City. Check out the newest shows to be announced below, or if you're browsing for gigs month-by-month, see our ultimate guide to concerts in Chicago.

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Critics' pick

Fast-riser Miguel is a big-time style-sampler. Part Latin-tinged hip-hop and part classic soul, his single "Adorn" shot him to stardom after his All I Want is You LP sleeper and brought great anticipation for his latest, Wildheart.

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Vic Theatre Friday August 14 2015

Modest Mouse

For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well, offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive yelp-and-shout singing. Here, the Pacific Northwest indie-rock heavies gig behind their latest LP (and first in eight years), Strangers to Ourselves.

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Concord Music Hall Thursday September 3 2015

Heartless Bastards

Cincinnati's Heartless Bastards paints in broad strokes, with sludgy guitars that seem to forever egg on vocalist Erika Wennerstrom—a woman with an enormous roar. Hear from the group's latest, Restless Ones.

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Metro Chicago Wednesday September 23 2015

A Place to Bury Strangers

Indie-rock faves A Place to Bury Strangers, who specialize in brooding, noise-wreathed postpunk, headline a night of fuzzy rock & roll.

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Empty Bottle Tuesday September 29 2015

The Growlers

Critics' pick

The Growlers are one of the growing number of California bands that play modern psychedelic music informed by their locale, but without a whiff of L.A. cheese, favoring instead the West Coast’s hippie-dippy looseness. At its best, the group invokes a smoking late-’60s beach party. Just like summer never ended!

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Metro Chicago Wednesday September 30 2015


Ghost combines the creepy theatricality of black metal—evil-clergy outfits, band members known collectively as a Group of Nameless Ghouls—with crisp, hook-crammed rock & roll. The Swedish band's output serves as a timely reminder that metal needn't be raw and chaotic in order to evoke a dark mood.

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Riviera Theatre Saturday October 3 2015

Chris Cornell

It's been tough to watch Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell flounder in his various attempts at pop stardom. (The tepid Audioslave was one thing, but Cornell's 2009 Timbaland-abetted Scream disc represented a new low.) Even though Soundgarden is back together, Cornell is still working the solo angle as an acoustic troubadour, performing stripped-down renditions of songs from his entire career.

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Chicago Theatre Tuesday October 6 2015

Mew + The Dodos

Danish psych-rockers Mew's new album +- marks a return to finger-tapped melodies and trippy soundscapes after a nearly five year hiatus. They may not harness the same woozy energy as contemporaries like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but this quartet knows how to make music that sounds larger than life. The Dodos support, touring behind the percussive Individ LP.

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Metro Chicago Tuesday October 6 2015

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz

Critics' pick

Strokes frontman slips on the leather and lets his hair go greasy for his solo venture, the Voidz. Six years after the ornate compositions of his wonderful debut, Phrazes for the Young, Casablancas dips into '80s punk and metal (with a touch of Brazilian rhythms) while keeping his melodic knack on Tyranny. Think First Impressions of Earth gone Iron Maiden. Not that the Strokes fanboys and fangirls need more reason than "Julian" to show up.

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Metro Chicago Wednesday October 7 2015


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Dreamy Canadian alt-poppers Stars venture South of the Border to show off songs from their latest LP, No One Is Lost, as slick, upbeat, adult and adorable as ever.

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Metro Chicago Tuesday October 13 2015


Critics' pick

It has been 20 years since Garbage released their self-titled debut, and the Madison alt-rock institution is celebrating with a deluxe reissue of the LP and a tour on which the band will play the record in its entirety. Nashville singer-songwriter Torres (who learned a thing or two from Shirley Manson) opens the show.

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Riviera Theatre Saturday October 17 2015


Seattle indie-rocker Michael Benjamin Lerner is signed to Merge Records as Telekinesis, and tonight plugs his latest, Ad Infinitum, which adds lush synth lines to his jaunty, jangly, power pop tunes.

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Lincoln Hall Wednesday October 28 2015

The Lone Bellow

Hotly tipped Brooklyn country-soul rockers the Lone Bellow have their real roots in the South (Georgia and Virginia). The group celebrates its sophomore record, Then Came the Morning, an eclectic mix of gospel energy and heartfelt folk. Anderson East opens the show. 

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Thalia Hall Saturday October 31 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Janet Jackson

Critics' pick

It's a little bit sad to think that for an entire generation, Janet Jackson is better known for baring her breast on live television than for her relentless stream of late '80s hits. The upcoming Unbreakable World Tour marks her first outing in four years, in conjunction with a yet-to-be titled record. The 49-year-old pop star probably can't pull off the "Nasty" choreography anymore, but that's what backup dancers are for.

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Chicago Theatre Tuesday November 3 2015 - Friday November 6 2015

Yo La Tengo

Critics' pick

On Stuff Like The There, indie-rock cornerstone Yo La Tengo reimagines tracks from its extensive catalog and throws in covers of tunes by Hank Williams and the Cure for good measure. A country-tinged revamp of classic track "Deeper Into the Movies" shows that the veteran band is still searching, refusing to coast on what it already has figured out. At this special acoustic gig, the New Jersey band will be joined by its former lead guitarist, Dave Schramm.

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Vic Theatre Thursday November 5 2015


Critics' pick

Band chief Zach Condon, a multitasker who performs vocals, trumpet and ukulele, mines sounds from foreign lands, giving color to his Morrissey-like vocals and Magnetic Fields–like songs.

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Riviera Theatre Tuesday November 10 2015