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Concert reviews and pictures

Browse photo galleries of the most notable recent live music shows and festivals in Chicago

Photographer: cousindaniel.com
Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz tour to Allstate Arena with openers Icona Pop, March 7, 2014.

Our Time Out photo team and critics hit the concert halls each week to bring you the best band images, crowd shots, crazy fans and, occassionally, laser shows. We hit the arenas, bars and festivals. Yeah, tough job. (Well, it can be when Jack Johnson comes to town.) Stay tuned to for more fresh concert photos.

RECOMMENDED: See our complete list of new and upcoming concerts in Chicago

Kendrick Lamar at the Riviera Theatre
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Kendrick Lamar at the Riviera Theatre

One of hip-hop's biggest stars turns in an intimate show

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Madonna at the United Center
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Madonna at the United Center

The Queen of Pop packs in the costumes changes

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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field
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Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

The veteran rockers hit one out of the park

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U2 at the United Center
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U2 at the United Center

The world's premiere arena rock act ups its game

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Wilco at Riviera Theatre
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Wilco at Riviera Theatre

Wilco kicked off its six-night stand at the Riv, taking requests and digging into its back catalog

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St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre
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St. Vincent at Chicago Theatre

From SNL to album of the year accolades, St. Vincent had a fantastic 2014

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Usher at United Center
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Usher at United Center

Dancing R&B don glides across the stage in leather and red light

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Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon
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Freaky Deaky VI Halloween party at Aragon

Costumed revelers party at the Aragon for Freaky Deaky VI and headliner Flux Pavilion

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Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear
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Foo Fighters at Cubby Bear

Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters tear through the past for HBO at the Wrigleyville club

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Jack White at Chicago Theatre
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Jack White at Chicago Theatre

The guitar hero rips into old hits, cover song and solo tunes in a marathon three-hour concert.

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Riverwest Music Festival
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Riverwest Music Festival

With canceled shows, inaccessible acts and extra costs, the inaugural EDM event had issues.

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

Logan Square gets down to a horde of local acts.

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Chive Fest at Soldier Field
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Chive Fest at Soldier Field

So many bros.

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Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion
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Vampire Weekend at UIC Pavilion

Ezra, Rostam and the two Chrises bring 'Modern Vampires' to our city.

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Die Antwoord at Riviera Theatre
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Die Antwoord at Riviera Theatre

Ninja, Yolandi and DJ Hi-Tek premiere bonkers hip-hop from their new 'Donker Mag'.

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Haim at Riviera Theatre
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Haim at Riviera Theatre

We came for Este's bass face and stayed for the Beyoncé cover.

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Lana Del Rey at Aragon
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Lana Del Rey at Aragon

The controversial chanteuse eschews 'Ultraviolence' to stick with her hits amidst wicker furniture, flowers and teen screams.

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The Knife at Aragon
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The Knife at Aragon

The beautifully bonkers Swedish group blends aerobics, space cults, gender politics, glitter and drums.

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Iggy Azalea at House of Blues
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Iggy Azalea at House of Blues

The rising Australian rapper brought a bit of Miami to Chicago and did "Work" with fresh hits from debut album 'The New Classic'.

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Schoolboy Q at Metro
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Schoolboy Q at Metro

Hip-hop's "Man of the Year" delivered hits from 'Oxymoron' to a packed house and cloud of smoke.

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Sam Smith at Vic Theatre
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Sam Smith at Vic Theatre

The soulful U.K. singer ended the American leg of his tour with a preview of new songs from debut album 'In The Lonely Hour'.

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100 best photos from Coachella
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100 best photos from Coachella

Check out our best shots from weekend one of Coachella 2014, from crowd-surfing kids to barely-clothed babes

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The National at Chicago Theatre
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The National at Chicago Theatre

The sharp-dressed gentlemen bring 'Trouble' to the historic venue on State Street for the first show of a four-night stand.

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Phantogram at Riviera Theatre
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Phantogram at Riviera Theatre

The New York duo brings pop hooks, hip-hop beats and a boatload of strobes to a sold-out crowd.

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Bastille at the Riv
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Bastille at the Riv

Dan Smith brought huge hits like "Pompeii" and big hair to a crowd of screaming fans.

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Dum Dum Girls at Empty Bottle
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Dum Dum Girls at Empty Bottle

Sub Pop's gothic girl group rocked a sold-out show with its black bubblegum pop. Check out shots of the band.

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Warpaint at Metro
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Warpaint at Metro

The all-female quartet whipped up eerie harmonies and dark grooves from its mesmerizing new record

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Lorde at Aragon
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Lorde at Aragon

The 17-year-old gothic pop sensation sings 'Royals' under chandelier light

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Miley Cyrus at Allstate Arena

Miley Cyrus at Allstate Arena

Bedazzled weed swimwear is the least weird thing on the Bangerz tour

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Kings of Leon at United Center
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Kings of Leon at United Center

The Followill boys bring the Southern garage boogie of strong comeback album Mechanical Bull to the home of the Bulls

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Justin Timberlake at United Center

Justin Timberlake at United Center

A massive career-spanning set (well, minus 'N Sync) from JT

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Broken Bells at Vic Theatre
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Broken Bells at Vic Theatre

James Mercer and Brian Burton tour a second album of sci-fi pop, After the Disco, in a very Logan's Run stage set.

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Public Service Broadcasting at Schubas
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Public Service Broadcasting at Schubas

J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wriggleworth meld old radio and post-rock.

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Pixies at Riviera Theatre
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Pixies at Riviera Theatre

Different bassist, new songs. Same old awesome Frank Black.

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2 Chainz at Chicago Theatre
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2 Chainz at Chicago Theatre

While his lyrics and stage show will not force Kanye West to lose any sleep, the man can bark about the baller lifestyle with wit.

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Kanye West at United Center
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Kanye West at United Center

Yeezus on the mountaintop

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The best concert photos of 2013
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The best concert photos of 2013

Our favorite moments and faces in the crowd

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Chance the Rapper at Riviera Theatre
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Chance the Rapper at Riviera Theatre

The hip-hop success story of 2013 hits Uptown

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Cut Copy at Riviera Theatre

Cut Copy at Riviera Theatre

Aussie house-pop kings shake the Riv. Literally

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Drake + Miguel at United Center

Drake + Miguel at United Center

Hey, girl. Drake has a ring for you

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Zeds Dead at Aragon

Zeds Dead at Aragon

Madeon joins in for an end of 2013 blowout

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Midlake at Schubas

Midlake at Schubas

The Texas act channels the lush prog-rock of groups like Pink Floyd and Camel

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Pink at United Center

Pink at United Center

So she is basically Cirque du Soleil now

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Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Soldier Field

Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Soldier Field

Two of the biggest stars in pop, together, on their suit and tie shit

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