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Find the best festivals, live shows and concerts in Chicago in the upcoming months.

Find the best festivals, live shows and concerts in Chicago in the upcoming months. Photo: cousindaniel.com

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 concert in Chicago here.


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La Roux

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers "In for the Kill" and "Bulletproof," London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) but up one simply incredible second album, Trouble in Paradise. Grab this chance to see a modern-day pop icon live and on top form.

  1. Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Ryan Adams

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The prolific alt-country songwriter returns with an eponymous album and hardcore 7-inch.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Thu Oct 16
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Lily Allen

  • Price band: 2/4
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The headline-grabbing pop provocateuse tours her new album Sheezus (wince), her first record in half a decade. After starting her career with breezy ska-pop and then moving on to more electronic territory on her last record, this time Allen apparently recorded by "throwing shit in the wall and seeing if anything sticks." Tonight's your chance to find out exactly what that wall's looking like.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Alt-J

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The brilliant symbol-named quartet from Leeds, who are rising at a phenomenal rate and selling out shows all over the place, ply their reverb-smothered, off-kilter, bluesy alt.indie that alternately echoes Yeasayer and Jeff Buckley. Expect tracks from their sophomore LP, This Is All Yours.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Marc Anthony

  • Price band: 3/4

Marc Anthony may have just lost a Grammy to the much, much, much-lesser-known Pacific Mambo Orchestra, but he knows just how powerful his vibrato-intense, knees-to-the-floor croon is, and he's bringing it out for an arena appearance.

  1. Allstate Arena 6920 N Mannheim Rd
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory

  • Price band: 3/4

Chicago-born violin and whistlin' virtuoso Andrew Bird spotlights some underdog locals on his eighth and latest, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, an album of Handsome Family covers. Bird is a big supportor of the husband-wife duo, having covered them in 2003 ("Don't Be Scared") and taken them on tour last year. Catch one of his distinguished performances at the Chicago Theater on August 16. And take his hint and dig into the Handsome Family catalog already.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Sat Aug 16
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The Black Keys + Cage the Elephant

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

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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Bonobo

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

It has been 14 years since his first album, Animal Magic, came out, and Simon Greene has been going strong ever since, seamlessly blending funk, trip-hop and jazz. With beloved albums such as Black Sands, Greene, a.k.a Bonobo, dove deeper into the chillaxed spa vibe on his plush latest, The North Borders.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Fri Sep 19
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Julian Casablancas & The Voidz

  • Price band: 2/4
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Strokes frontman slips on the leather and lets his hair go greasy for his new solo venture, the Voidz. Five 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.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Tue Nov 18
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Charli XCX

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

We've been championing the 21-year-old London songstress from the get-go, and it's about time she hits the charts with a song that does not put "feat." before her name.

  1. Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave, between Fullerton Ave and Montana St
  2. Mon Oct 13
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Cher

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Well, this ought to be something... The omnitalented bombshell—a star for nearly five decades—returns to the arenas for her "Dressed to Kill" (or D2K) tour, supporting last year's auto-tune–drenched dance-pop beltfest, Closer to the Truth.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24
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Chromeo

  • Price band: 2/4
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Their albums are loaded with sexy legs, saxophones and Cameros. If Chromeo is not being ironic, it's plain dumb. But does that matter? The two have turned themselves into a kind of ZZ Top of electro-pop. Every girl is still crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man, even if he looks like a well groomed L.A. car detailer holding a keytar.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Fri Oct 17
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Death From Above 1979

  • Price band: 2/4

White-knuckle electro-punk duo DFA 1979 finally have some new material to follow up its storming 2004 debut You're a Woman, I'm a Machine. The decade-in-the-waiting The Physical World is heavy if hookier. It's arena metal minus all that bogus technical musicianship nonsense. Listen to the Canuck heshers enough and you'll develop a neck like Dave Grohl's.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Tue Nov 25
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Drake + Lil Wayne

  • Price band: 3/4

It's billed as "Drake vs. Lil Wayne" (Dawn of Justice?). Let's hope it's not a battle for who has the most face tattoos, or else we'll be going home early. The two labelmates remain an unlikely pair. Musically, it's not much of a contest anymore.

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Sun Aug 10
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Echo & The Bunnymen

  • Price band: 2/4
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Sofa-lipped singer Ian McCulloch and his merry band of new wavers perform their long-life Scouse indie. They're still at it, with a new album, Meteorites, on the cards for 2014, so new material is a given alongside "The Killing Moon."

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Sun Aug 10
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Bryan Ferry

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Most recently, the Roxy Music icon was heard covering Robert Palmer on the new Todd Terje album, which hit all our sweet spots.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Sun Sep 21
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First Aid Kit

  • Price band: 2/4
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This Swedish folk duo is comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg, barely in their twenties, but already oozing the calming, melodic voices of much older souls. Their harmonies will have you swooning, and if you're lucky enough to hear their cover of the Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song," there might even be tears.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Sat Nov 22
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Fleetwood Mac

  • Price band: 3/4
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Christine McVie returns to the eternally great Mac. This means we can hear her again sing sunshine like "Everywhere," "Hold Me" and "Think About Me," which is a very, very good thing.

  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Thu Oct 2
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Ben Frost

  • Price band: 1/4
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Noisy electric-guitar minimalist Frost shares the prismatic roar of his latest release, 'Aurora': his first album for Mute Records. As well as his own work, he's known for producing film soundtracks and Tim Hecker records, and his current live show – featuring wildman Swans percussionist Thor Harris – apparently aims 'at blinding luminescent alchemy; not with benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force'.

  1. Constellation 3111 N Western Ave, Clybourn Ave
  2. Fri Oct 31
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King Crimson

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Sep 27
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Kiss + Def Leppard

  • Price band: 3/4
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I wanna Gunter glieben glauten globen all night! Oversexed sexagenerian space clowns Kiss, who now sponsor a professional football team in L.A., return for their… umpteenth (post)farewell tour?

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Sat Aug 16
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Kongos

  • Price band: 1/4

The four sons of South African pop star John Kongos have made their mark in the music industry with an edgier sound on Kongos in 2007, and the follow/up Lunatic two years later, with a re-release of the latter in the States earlier this year. Chicago fans should not be disappointed: their Lolla show on Sunday is followed by a club gig at Metro on September 20. 

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Sat Sep 20
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La Roux

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After breaking into the charts and our hearts with their synthpop stormers "In for the Kill" and "Bulletproof," London duo La Roux all but vanished for a good few years. Now La Roux is back, down one band member (it's just luminous singer Elly Jackson this time) but up one simply incredible second album, Trouble in Paradise. Grab this chance to see a modern-day pop icon live and on top form.

  1. Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
  2. Wed Oct 1
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  • Price band: 1/4

Copenhagen’s breakout musical prodigy of last year is Karen Marie Ørsted, who goes by the (copy-and-paste necessary) name of MØ. She brings her seductive sound—a string of shimmering synths and erratic beats that might just rival those of Grimes—to Concord Music Hall on September 30. Her No Mythologies to Follow is already one of our top albums of 2014.

  1. Concord Music Hall 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
  2. Tue Sep 30
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Passenger

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Twinkling folk-pop artist Mike Rosenberg, a.k.a. Passenger, brings his easygoing strand of lighters-in-the-air tunes to the Vic.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Fri Aug 22
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  1. United Center 1901 W Madison St, between Wood St and Damen Ave
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Fri Aug 8
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Rhye

  • Price band: 2/4
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The duo of Robin Braun and Mike Milosh fooled a lot of ears when they released their early Rhye tracks. "Open" and "The Fall" were dead ringers for Sade, and many took Milosh's lush falsetto to be female. Well, no, the mellow bedroom soul of debut album Woman is made by dudes.

  1. Vic Theatre 3145 N Sheffield Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Sat Oct 25
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Gruff Rhys

  • Price band: 1/4
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Prolific pan-disciplinarian Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys is best known for fronting the mighty Super Furry Animals, but has also produced sterling work with Gorillaz, Danger Mouse and his own Neon Neon project. He's here to perform his American Interior album and project, based on his search for the grave of a distant relative who went in search of a lost tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans.

  1. Schubas 3159 N Southport Ave, at Belmont Ave
  2. Wed Nov 12
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Rise Against

Chicago-natives delight hometown fans with a gig to commemorate Riot Fest's 10th anniversary, in addition to marking the band's 15th year. The political punk rockers and heirs to Bad Religion will be playing in wake of their latest release, The Black Market, all breakneck drumming, wide-eye lecturing and tight-fist harmonies. Sums-'em-up track: "The Eco-Terrorist In Me."

  1. Aragon 1106 W Lawrence Ave, at Winthrop Ave
  2. Thu Sep 11
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Robyn & Röyksopp

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The "song of summer," by Billboard or iTunes measures, will likely be Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea or some other chunklet of boombox fluff. But in our hearts, and in some alternate Earth utopia (Scandinavia?), the jam of heat season, 2014, is Robyn & Röyksopp's "Do It Again," a bubblegum banger that's as big and pink and chrome as Jeff Koons statues breakdancing on your lawn as you BBQ.

  1. Millennium Park, Pritzker Pavilion 205 E Randolph St, Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr
  2. Sun Aug 24
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Ty Segall

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, at 18th St
  2. Tue Sep 23
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Ed Sheeran

  • Price band: 3/4

Wait, tickets are how much?

  1. Allstate Arena 6920 N Mannheim Rd
  2. Tue Sep 16
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Spoon

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Texan indie veterans return to Chicago quickly after a Lollapalooza gig, led as ever by inscrutable frontman Britt Daniel. The deliciously stiff power-pop act should have ironed out the new material from They Want My Soul, its first produced with Dave Fridmann, by then. After the more deconstructed sounds of Transference, it seems as if Spoon wants to be biggest little band in American again. The new stuff is louder, punchier and funkier.

  1. Chicago Theatre 175 N State St, between Randolph and Lake Sts
  2. Tue Sep 16
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St. Paul and the Broken Bones

  • Price band: 1/4

Where on earth does that voice come from? If ever there were a compelling case for reincarnation, it would be bespectacled frontman Paul Janeway, who looks like Drew Carey but sings like Otis Redding. Janeway's spine-tingling wail propels St. Paul and the Broken Bones ahead of the retro-soul pack, creating an electrifying—if utterly unexpected—experience.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Thu Oct 30
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Robin Thicke

  • Price band: 3/4

A year after the inescapable "Blurred Lines," Thicke has released an outright disaster, Paula, a lame attempt to get his ex-wife back. Musically, it's more pedestian than offensive, continuing his career as a Robert Palmer impersonator. No, it bombs on icky concept. Begging and pleading with trace amounts of sincerity, here is the same gentleman whose hit video had him surrounded by naked girls before a sign that read "Robin Thicke Has a Big Dick." Paula ain't coming back, so he's all yours, ladies.

  1. Horseshoe Casino Hammond 777 Casino Center Dr
  2. Fri Aug 15
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Tune-Yards

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Merrill Garbus and her crew roll into town for a night of brash looping, innovative instrumentation and primal, hair-raising vocals. Tune-Yards funky folk-pop blends Afrobeat, psych, punk, Kate Bush and more. Tricky to quantify, it all makes sense live. There's an air of 1980s NYC street pop. Her latest, Nikki Nack, bangs and bounces like a deconstructed Susanne Vega.

  1. Riviera Theatre 4746 N Racine Ave, at Broadway
  2. Wed Oct 22
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Twin Shadow

The raspy tunes of Dominican-born George Lewis Jr., a.k.a. Twin Shadow, ride a streak of melancholy to make for some eerie disco. Dip your toes into the new chilly synth rhythms of his forthcoming, '80s-nostalgic album on this Eclipse Tour.

  1. Metro Chicago 3730 N Clark St, between Waveland and Racine Aves
  2. Tue Sep 23
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X

  • Price band: 3/4

The origional four members of the L.A punk band X will be coming together at the city Winery for four nights, as they do a rendition of one of their classic albums for each night. John Doe and the group will start with Los Angeles on September 2, Wild Gift on the 3rd, followed by Under the Big Black Sun. Finally, X will play their final album More Fun in the New World on Friday September 5th.

  1. City Winery 1200 W Randolph St, at Racine Ave
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Fri Sep 5
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Yelle

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Yelle may sing and rap in French, but her goofy energy and terminally catchy ’80s-style electropop know no borders—this is the international language of partying. You may know her from a guest spot on the remix of Katy Perry's "Hot 'n' Cold." The disco chanteuse makes a long awaited return to promote her third LP.

  1. Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, between Ada St and Ogden Ave
  2. Sat Oct 18
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