Concerts in Chicago in April
Former Chicagoan (and current Los Angeles resident) Andrew Bird has a penchant for the city's coziest venues—he's performed intimate sets at the Hideout and filled the pews at Fourth Presbyterian Church for his Gezelligheid holiday shows. To celebrate the release of his latest album, My Finest Work Yet, the acclaimed violinist and whistler will take the stage at legendary Uptown jazz club Green Mill for two nights in April. If you don't snag tickets, don't worry—we're almost certain that Bird will bring his looping string melodies and earnest rock refrains to a larger venue this summer.
Ever since he effectively dissolved Spacemen 3 and struck out on his own, Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce has been chasing the grandiose swells of the "Wall of sound" production style employed by Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. While working on his latest album, And Nothing Hurt, Pierce reached the maximum number of tracks that his recording software would allow, layering his songs with lush string, horn and vocal arrangements. The resulting songs put the over-the-top studio wizardry to good use, turning simple rock and pop tunes into sweeping, painstakingly-composed anthems.
With its theatrical, awe-inspiring stadium-sized live shows, it's easy to see why Muse is seriously massive worldwide—it's often-cheesy attempts at social comentary are always overshadowed by a hefty dose of spectacle. The English band's latest album, Simulation Theory, should make for an interesting stage production, at least if it's Stranger Things-inspired neon album art is any indication. Backed by an array of ‘80s synthesizers and drum machines, Muse wholeheartedly embraces pop culture's current obsession with nostalgia, cooking up a record that sounds like an operatic cross between Depeche Mode and New Order. Peppy dance-rock act Walk the Moon open the show.