This beautiful, ornate and capacious space opened as a ballroom in 1926 with interior decor inspired by a Spanish village. These days, it serves as one of the biggest music venues within the city limits (and the only one with swords mounted above its stage). The 4,500-capacity room hosts acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Run the Jewels, and deadmau5. Fair warning: The noise bounces around that high, pretty, star-flecked ceiling until it's a fat wad of mud in your ears.
1106 W Lawrence Ave
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|Transport:||el stop:Red to Lawrence. Bus:36,81.|
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Jack White + The Nude Party
If you caught Jack White headlining Lollapalooza or his intimate aftershow at Metro earlier this year, you know that the former White Stripes frontman is in a nostalgic mood as of late. While he acknowledges the funk, hip-hop and jazz experimentation...Rock and indie Monday November 19 2018
Smashing Pumpkins + Grandson + Albert Hammond Jr.
Billy Corgan has been feeling awfully nostalgic as of late, reuniting with original Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (bassist D'arcy Wretzky was left out, for some reason) on a tour that draws liberally from the band's...Rock and indie Friday November 30 2018
Death Cab for Cutie + Elle King + Lovelytheband
Ben Gibbard and his band are indie-rock survivors, capitalizing on the genre's The O.C.-soundtracking days and managing to bring its earnest refrains and scrappy pop sensibility into the latter hald the 2010s relatively unscathed. Death Cab for Cutie's...Rock and indie Sunday December 2 2018
Greta Van Fleet
If you're holding out for a Led Zeppelin reunion, you might have to settle for the classic rock-inspired stylings of this Michigan quartet. In case the Jimmy Paige-indebted blues riffs and Robert Plant-inspired yelps didn't give it away, the members of...Rock and indie Wednesday December 12 2018 - Saturday December 15 2018
Even if you don't know them by name, you're probably familiar with the some of the music that Swedish DJ duo Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been responsible for. As producers, Karlsson helped pen "Toxic" for Britney Spears, while Eklöw had a...Dance and electronic Sunday December 30 2018 - Monday December 31 2018
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The Aragon is simply beautiful. Seeing a concert here is a touch surreal, as you're surrounded by elaborate balconies in a historic theater, but you might be seeing, say, an EDM band. The concert calendar is fairly varied, and the drinks tend to be pricy, but just being in such an epic space to enjoy live music and perhaps a Lagunitas is well worth any cost.