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Is the fall the best time for concerts? Yes! Have we handpicked some of the ones happening here in Chicago that we’re most excited? We have! Dig in:

September 28

Nicki Minaj & Future @ United Center

When it comes to Nicki Minaj, the question of her talent isn’t really a question. Her career entered the stratosphere of hip hop royalty after she demolished Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Kanye West on West’s exuberant single “Monster” off of 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Since that moment, Minaj’s albums have all tried to realize her own belief that she’s not only one of the best female rappers ever, but one of the best rappers period. Whether you believe that is really up to you, but Minaj is a force and one that, despite having the numbers to back it up, is still fighting against a wave of new female rappers (many of whom were probably inspired by Minaj) coming for her crown.

As for Future, his legacy was pretty much written in stone once he released DS2 in 2015; an album so seismic and curated that to this day every new rapper coming out of Atlanta is trying to copy it. The beauty about Future is that for the longest time his persona was defined by a 50/50 split of supreme confidence and internal devastation. With 2018’s Beastmode 2, that juxtaposition is still there and refined to a level fitting of one of rap’s greats. -Ruben Gzirian

September 29

Gorilla Biscuits & Modern Life is War @ Metro

For all those that grew up with hardcore music, it doesn’t get better than a good old fashioned all ages hardcore matinee. This intergenerational double bill featuring two titans of the genre is sure to delight pit warriors of any age. -Matt Byrne

October 3

St. Lucia @ Concord Music Hall

“I feel like the songs that I normally stick with, that I keep coming back to or feel important to me, normally have some kind of rub between old and new, and happy and sad. A lot of different kinds of electronic and organic textures. I like to have a lot of “rubs” in my music. However, I felt that way about “Run Away” for a while, as I feel like it’s the most flat-out 80s palette song on the album, but it was just so catchy – almost undeniably catchy – that it had to be on the record. Normally, I wouldn’t go that full-on 80s, but it just felt right in the context to have this celebration of the hubris of the decade.” Check out the rest of our interview with St. Lucia here.

October 4

Christine and the Queens @ The Vic Theatre

In 2014 synth-pop artist Héloïse Letissier released her first album, Chaleur humaine, as Christine and the Queens in her native country France. The album went on to sell like crazy and made her a star. Two years later, the album was released in America with additional English language tracks. Since then Christine and the Queens was afforded the space and financial stability to grow. Expanding her live show to include choreographed dancing and outfits, Christine and the Queens has become Letissier’s singular vision. With the new album Chris, Christine and the Queens are in new waters. Letissier’s first album dealt with gender and sexuality, but Chris take that to the maximum with Chris being an alter ego of sorts for Letissier. Her new image with shorter hair, and masculine clothes turns gender on its head. Chris is a stronger album pushing the boundaries of Letissier’s sound. -Rohan Mahadevan

October 5

The Beths @ Beat Kitchen

The Beths, as the proverbial saying goes, got hooks. Hooks for days. Hooks on hooks on hooks. These infectious, resplendent things can be found on the New Zealand quartet’s August LP Future Me Hates Me – a record that would have sold approximately 2 million copies two-and-a-half decades ago. Over the course of 10 songs, singer-guitarist Elizabeth Stokes spills her guts – the insecurities, the self-doubt, the shakes – in the most winsome ways possible. It’s impossible to resist. Much like The Courtneys’ II (a record from a Canadian band, yes, but released on a New Zealand label), this is music made for road trips and group singalongs. -Phil Runco

October 6

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience @ Allstate Arena

You know the theme song. You know “The Rains of Castamere.” If you know anything else about this shows soundtrack, you’re going above and beyond and I salute you. This is the show for people who are still following GRRM’s blog. The show for the people who still think we might get a 6th book. The show for the people who are actually excited for the last season of Game of Thrones. Pessimistic ASOIAF fans need not apply. -Kaylee Dugan

October 7

Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Chicago Theatre

Lauryn Hill is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. So much of what defines Hill is in the past, and yet so much of what we hear in music today is firmly rooted in her groundbreaking influence. If you don’t know who Lauryn Hill is or why she’s a living legend, then start with her god-level flows on The Fugee’s The Score, follow that up with the absolutely divine The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and finish it off with her MTV Unplugged recordings. Through it all, you’ll be treated to a true genius whose lyrics paint vivid images of tribulation, faith, and resolution. Despite years of inconsistent live performances and self-imposed exile from the spotlight, Hill garners attention and devotion for the same reason any revolutionary artist does: to remind us of the preconceived constraints of an art form, and how to break them down. -Ruben Gzirian

October 9

Tove Styrke @ Chop Shop

It is a shame Tove Styrke isn’t more popular in the United States. The third-place finisher of Swedish Idol in 2009 crafts electropop with attitude. Styrke spent the first part of the year on tour with Lorde and Katy Perry respectively and is embarking on her headlining tour. Sway, Styrke’s third album, is full of would-be hits. “Say My Name” is a bouncy summer jam, built on a warped guitar line and 8-bit like drums. “Mistakes” changes Styke’s voice in autotune running her through the Matrix. The record closes with a cover of Lorde’s “Liability,” speeding the original up every so slightly making it all her own. Hopefully one day Styrke will be the most famous Tove on these shores. -Rohan Mahadevan

October 10

St. Paul and the Broken Bones @ The Riviera Theatre

“A lot of the old guys from the Muscle Shoals scene are still just kickin’ around there. The fact that you can actually just sit down and have conversations with those guys or go see ’em play occasionally, something definitely rubs off on you. And we hold all of those guys in that scene in super-high regard. Some of the best music ever recorded came out of Memphis and Muscle Shoals. Our band is designed not to mimic that but certainly the lineup that we have in the band with the Hammond [B-3 organ] and the horns allows us to engineer sounds that are evocative in the same way.” Check out the rest of our interview with St. Paul and the Broken Bones here.

October 15

Years & Years @ The Vic Theatre

When it comes to guilty pleasures, nothing really compares to expertly made pop music. I squarely live in the world of hip hop, but I’ve often found myself subconsciously seeking out Years & Years’ 2018 Palo Santo when I need a break from Young Thug. It really should not come as a surprise that this trio from London can make an album that strings together modern synth-pop production with just-deep-enough lyrics that the late George Michaels would be proud of; their 2015 debut Communion was so tailored that it was hard to differentiate when one one great song ended, and the next began. -Ruben Gzirian

October 16

Gorillaz @ United Center

The Gorillaz are sort of like LCD Soundsystem or Animal Collective; a lot of people say they like them or listen to them but do they though? That’s not to say the Gorillaz aren’t worth your valuable minutes, but it’s hard to ever really describe why they’re held in such high esteem—the connection back to Blur probably has something to do with it. Since the self-titled debut dropped in 2001, the Gorillaz have been releasing a fusion hybrid of low-fi electronic hip hop (if that’s even a thing) that really doesn’t follow the constructs of any one genre. Every track seems like the product of an idea in time that strums along just long enough to make you sit up and take notice. Sonically, there are few acts who even come close to what they do, and as a piece of performance art the Gorillaz have long established their continuous singularity. -Ruben Gzirian

October 17

Garbage @ Riviera Theatre

Difficult to remember now, but Garbage’s sophomore effort Version 2.0 actually disappointed quite a few listeners when it debuted in 1998. It suffered the same stumbling block as Weezer’s Pinkerton — fans who (understandably) thought the self-titled debut album’s sound was unimprovable were wary about experimenting in round two. But time has (also understandably) been kind to 2.0, a fuzzy, jeans-ripping thrasher that hangs on ear-worm classics including “Sleep Together” and “I Think I’m Paranoid.” So the alterna-punk veterans have taken to the road for a 20th anniversary tour, call it 2.0 20, to celebrate the reclaimed LP. Here’s hoping they can still push it. -Tristan Lejeune

Minus the Bear @ House of Blues

Minus the Bear is breaking up, but not before going on one last massive tour. They’ll dig back deep into their sizable catalog, paying tribute to their ravenous fan base of ex-hardcore kids, indie dance weirdos, and math rock heads. -Matt Byrne

October 19

Florence + The Machine @ United Center

Of all the talent possessed by Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch, her greatest is how she enconses raw emotional narratives of doubt, disillusion with love, and hope for hope’s sake all in a rolling thunder of a voice that cuts deep; carrying songs like “South London Forever” and “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” to climatic peaks few singers can ever hope to imagine. Since 2009’s Lungs, Florence + The Machine have slowly perfected their expansive soundscape that at times resembles something you’d hear on the latter half of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band mixed with the deep emotive lyrics of Etta James. -Ruben Gzirian

Troye Sivan and Kim Petras @ The Chicago Theatre

Troye Sivan and Kim Petras is truly the tour of “twentygayteen.” Sivan’s second studio album, Bloom, is a masterful work of queer confessionals set to upbeat, irresistibly catchy music. Bloom has everything that makes a well-rounded album, from incredibly tender moments alongside light, carefree tracks to a blend of influences from pop’s past next to a very current Ariana Grande duet. And if you haven’t heard of Kim Petras yet you’re missing out in a big way. Petras’s music is hyperpop: fun, dance-worthy music that takes the pop genre to a whole new level. She’s a real pop princess from her lighthearted, girly sound to her colorful music videos and Barbie-esque aesthetic. The pairing of these two artists for the Bloom tour is a match made in pop heaven. -Afriti Bankwalla

October 21

In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour @ Genesee Theatre

It’s the future now so of course they’re touring around a Roy Orbsion hologram. I’m not sure what market research led whoever is responsible for this to land on Roy as the first major corpse to reanimate on this scale, but here we are. It’s gonna be weird, I bet! -Matt Byrne

October 24

Kali Uchis @ Riviera Theatre

There’s something remarkably magnetic about Kali Uchis. The Alexandria, Virginia native is in many ways the distillation of her generation: multicultural, multifaceted, and pulling from the widest variety of possible references. The Colombian-American singer released Isolation, her first full-length record, earlier this year to critical acclaim. What struck me the most was how difficult it was to define the album’s sound, and how much better it was for it. Uchis played with pop, R&B, Latin, and funk expectations and gave us a record that showcases her skills and strong personality. It helps that she cut her teeth collaborating in the orbit of fellow luminaries Tyler, the Creator, Jorja Smith, and Kaytranada – among others – and you can look forward to more genre-bending, irrepressible tunes. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

October 25

Mitski @ The Vic Theatre

If you’ve read Pitchfork even once, you might have heard that Mitski’s new album is out. Be the Cowboy, with its amazing artwork and ear worm singles, is simultaneously an exploration of the bands poppier notions and a dive into Mitski Miyawaki’s weirder tastes. For a band that reinvents their aesthetics for each new album, I can’t wait to see how the Mulholland Drive vibe translate into their live show. As someone who has been seeing Mitski on and off since 2015, I couldn’t be more excited for shit to get weird. -Kaylee Dugan

October 26

Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia @ Concord Music Hall

Having blown up on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest, Tank & The Bangas return to D.C. for two nights at 9:30 Club. The funk-soul group resumes their world tour in the District, bringing their unique fusion coast-to-coast by mid-November. If that’s not enough, the group is co-headlining with bounce rap artist, Big Freedia. Tank & The Bangas are in the midst of producing their latest studio album, so with any luck, we’ll get a sneak peak while they’re in town. -Sabrina Kent

October 27

Nine Inch Nails @ Aragon Ballroom

Can any other act that debuted in the 80s make their fans show up in rainy weather to purchase tickets for a show nearly a half year in advance? Who actually stands in the rain, early on a Saturday morning, to buy tickets for a concert? In 2018? Nine Inch Nails fans did around the country and around the world. There’s a good reason. Each and every Trent and friends tour is different. The last D.C. stop was at the now Capital One Arena. It featured screens and effects that have been borrowed by Beyoncé and U2. This tour has none of those effects. It’s a back to basics, let’s-play-a-rock-show in a rock club, not an arena. I’ll miss all the bells and whistles but am excited to finally hear “The Perfect Drug,” our favorite Nine Inch Nails song for the first time. They’re finally playing a song released 21 years ago. -Brandon Wetherbee

Slothrust @ Lincoln Hall

A female fronted grunge band from Boston? Were Slothrust created in a lab specifically to make music that I would love? I was completely floored when I listened to their album Of Course You Do based on the recommendation of a friend who apparently knows me very well. Their new album, The Pact, is full of bangers, especially “For Robin”, which I’ve listened to 100,000 times this week. -Tommy McNamara

October 28

Brockhampton @ Aragon Ballroom

I wrote at length about the Brockhampton phenomenon earlier this year – how they were the band of misfits, outsiders, and fiercely independent creatives that your teenage brother was likely obsessed with. Things have changed a fair amount for the band in subsequent months: they signed with major label RCA Records in March, in May they kicked out founding member Ameer Vann after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct, and they canceled a couple of high-profile performances in June. Understandably, audiences have begun to look at Brockhampton with a more critical eye, and there is a considerable amount of scrutiny directed towards the collective. There is a lot riding on Iridescence and their upcoming tour will likely define whether the group bounces back or fizzes out. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Read our feature on Brockhampton, “Boyband Interrupted”

Yaeji @ Thalia Hall

Kathy Yaeji Lee is a Brooklyn DJ/producer that has been lighting up the house scene for the past few years. Raised in both the United States and South Korea, Yaeji sings in both English and Korean. While her beats are clean and crisp, her vocal delivery is what sticks. Take the single “raingurl,” a house hip-hop workout, with Yaeji whisper singing her vocals until the earworm chorus. Yaeji is known for putting on a hell of a live show, and performing rather than sitting behind a DJ booth. -Rohan Mahadevan

October 30

Maggie Rogers @ Riviera Theatre

Like many of us, the first time I was introduced to Maggie Rogers was during her appearance on NYU’s Masterclass series where she blew Pharrell William’s mind with the beat that would eventually become her breakout hit “Alaska” (video: https://youtu.be/G0u7lXy7pDg?t=18m26s). From that moment, her all-encompassing talent was unquestionable, and her pension for seamlessly combining a refined vocal pitch with allusions of imperfection creates aura of confident fragility. A lot of what she does, and the topics that her songs live in, are reminiscent of path trail blazed by Joni Mitchell. Her recent singles—”Fallingwater” and “Give a Little”—suggest a more confident extroverted Rogers is about to reintroduce herself to those of us who desperately want more music from this budding star. -Ruben Gzirian

October 31

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live @ Auditorium Theatre

What better way to spend Halloween night than by watching some stringed instruments play all your favorite songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas, the best half Halloween, half Christmas movie there is. -Matt Byrne

November 2

Ty Segall @ Thalia Hall

Prolific garage rock hero Ty Segall plays an intimate, stripped down, “in the round” type of set here, with an opening performance from the equally compelling Americana guitar dude William Tyler. Hell of a double bill, hell of a setting. -Matt Byrne

November 8

Mom Jeans @ Subterranean

If you like house shows and watching Bob’s Burgers and Star Wars jokes and being that special kind of twee that involves drinking malt liquor and listening to The Front Bottoms on your best friends front porch, you probably already know Mom Jeans. For the rest of you, it’s basically the aural version of all of that. The recipe for enjoying this show involves 1. Ordering the cheapest combo on the menu 2. Doing that again and 3. Unleashing the most earnest version of yourself. -Kaylee Dugan

Los Campesinos! @ Thalia Hall

It has been ten years since the Cardiff, Wales seven-piece Los Campesinos! released their first two full lengths and to celebrate the band are going out on tour. The band’s sound haven’t changed much since their beginnings. Singer Gareth Campesinos!’s hyper literate sing-shouted lyrics are still intact as well their twee/pop-punk arrangements. Both Hold on Now, Youngster… and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed are due for a critical revaluation, and ten years on Los Campesinos! may finally get their due. -Rohan Mahadevan

November 9

Wild Nothing @ Thalia Hall

There’s a dreamy, hazy quality to all of Wild Nothing’s music – a trait that endures from the band’s origins as Jack Tatum’s bedroom recordings while he was a college student at Virginia Tech. And though Tatum’s environment has expanded by multiple factors – moving first to Brooklyn and most recently to Los Angeles – the soothing, jangly sounds melt off of his guitar and wash over listeners with the same intimacy as always. It’s been a few years since 2016’s Life of Pause – an album I still listen to and love – and I’m excited to see what Tatum has up his sleeve. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

Read our interview with Wild Nothing

Roky Erickson, White Mystery @ Lincoln Hall

Roky Erickson’s journey through mental illness and hardship has come to define the latter half of his career, which began in the 1960s, through his work with the trailblazing psych rock band The 13th Floor Elevators. Joined by tour mates and fellow garage/psych explorers White Mystery, Erickson is a magnetic presence onstage, performing a mix of tracks from his wild solo catalog and legendary 13th Floor Elevators jams. -Matt Byrne

November 11

The Dodos @ Lincoln Hall

The mid-to-late 2000s were a fertile time for eccentric indie rock bands. Most of them did not last. The Dodos did and have been consistently releasing interesting albums of textural, rhythmic songs that often transcend the very specific Animal Collective-wave vibe that followed the band for a long time. Their latest drops this fall on Polyvinyl and advance tracks have sounded super cool! -Matt Byrne

November 13

Tenacious D @ The Riviera Theatre

JACK BLACK. KG. ROCKING YOUR FACE OFF LIKE DIO. I saw them in high school and it was the perfect comedy concert experience: face-shredding and gut-busting and exhausting in the best way. I don’t know what their show will be like all these years later but I know it will be two of the funniest people in the world doing what they love to do. Plus we should support anything that keeps Jack Black from making a The House with the Clock in its Walls sequel. -Tommy McNamara

November 14

Kero Kero Bonito @ Thalia Hall

London’s Kero Kero Bonito are coming back with a new album Time ‘n’ Place to be released on their new label Polyvinyl. Formed in 2013 through an Internet forum, the bilingual group make forward thinking pop that blends everything from 90’s teenybopper music to J-Pop and beyond. Beyond being catchy as hell, the band puts on fun live show. This time around the band have expanded to a five piece and rearranged their older tracks to fit the set up. -Rohan Mahadevan

Poppy @ House of Blues

I’m thoroughly fascinated, yet incredibly distrustful, of YouTube culture. From the horribly designed thumbnails to the memetic video subjects, the more I watch the more I hate it… But I still can’t stop watching. Part Britney Spears, part Bjork, Poppy is a… a girl? A robot? A prank? Whatever the goal is here, her videos are expertly crafted and fascinating to watch. So much of YouTube thrives on making everything look spontaneous, so watching something as purposefully executed as Poppy is refreshing. Her music might be incredibly boring, but I’m almost certain this show will be the opposite. -Kaylee Dugan

November 15

Cursive @ Thalia Hall

Long-running indie rock dramatists Cursive are back after six years of silence with a new LP, influenced by the uncertainty and nihilism that we all feel any time anything happens in the news ever anymore. It’s a bad world out there and our friends in Cursive are here to scream about it! -Matt Byrne

Read our interview with Cursive

November 16

Low @ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Talk about an upgrade. Low have been consistently releasing albums since 1994 toying with post-rock and slowcore genres slowly evolving each record. Along the way they have released definitive albums like 2001’s Things We Lost in The Fire, but since signing to Sub Pop in 2006, Low have been mutating. Each album saw the band expand their palate whether it be more aggressive riffs or straight pop songs. With the band’s latest, Double Negative, Low have come into a new form, a rarity for a band that has been active this long. Produced by Bon Iver’s go to producer BJ Burton, who previously worked with the band on 2015’s Ones and Sixes, Double Negative is not only one of Low’s best albums but one of the best albums of 2018. Born out of the chaos of the 24-hour news cycle and political climate, Double Negative finds Low reducing their sound to digital decay. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s voices remain but behind them is a vast number of loops and processing. Double Negative is as haunting as it is beautiful and a record for the times we live in. -Rohan Mahadevan

REZZ @ Aragon Ballroom

She’s only 23, and opened for Skrillex before she was 21. The Canadian native, REZZ, comes back to D.C. on October 6 to melt our brains. If you haven’t heard of REZZ, this is a show you definitely don’t want to miss. I was first introduced to her at a small Soundcheck show in October 2016, and this girl has blown up. Her deep and dirty dub is sure to please. Don’t believe me? Check out “Edge” and “Delusion,” and try to argue otherwise. -Sabrina Kent

November 21

Pale Waves @ Bottom Lounge

Pale Waves look like mall goths, but don’t let the manic panic fool you, Pale Waves make 80’s pop numbers that wouldn’t be out of place in a John Hughes movie. Fronted by Rober Smith acolyte Heather Baron-Gracie, Pale Waves are signed to Dirty Hit, the label that’s also home to The 1975. The two bands share a sibling like connection, as The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel produced the band’s first two tracks and took the band out on tour. This year, the band released their first EP All The Things I Never Said, and their debut album My Mind Makes Noises. Both have the promise of a young band finding their stylistic lane and one that is sure to stick around. -Rohan Mahadevan

November 23

6LACK @ The Riviera Theatre

My recent experience seeing DVSN and Miguel in early-September was just more proof that R&B was going in a new direction. Among the artists driving that pivot is Atlanta’s 6LACK. His refreshingly gloomy 2016 debut Free Black showed you could blend minimalist Atlanta production with a raspy voice to convey pain, fading empathy, and revenge with devastating accuracy. His most recent album, East Atlanta Love, paints a more retrospective 6LACK grapplying with fame and how to live a life that was almost preordained from age 4 when he recorded his first vocals in his father’s home studio. 6LACK’s growing influence in a genre with no margin for error is a testament to the cross section of his ability; songs like “Balenciaga Challenged” or “Switch” show off a quicker rhythmic pace, allowing 6LACK to vary how each bar encapsulates the overarching subject matter. These are faint details, but they are the type of details that make 6LACK a must-see act. -Ruben Gzirian

Louis the Child @ Aragon Ballroom

The Chicago based duo is headed on their Dear Sense tour – named for their summer collab with pop singer MAX. Best known for their production behind hit songs with artists like, Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler, and The Chainsmokers, Louis the Child is responsible for the pop/EDM songs I love. Their electronic beats paired with catchy pop ballads are the ultimate recipe for the songs that get stuck in your head for days. The group is headed on tour before the release of their EP, Kids at Play. -Stephanie Brooks

November 24

Saba @ Concord Music Hall

There are certain topics in hip hop that until recently have been off-limits; mental health and how one grapples with their inner demons are definitely in that camp. Saba’s 2018 Care for Me is a tough cathartic album driven by the tragedy of losing a cousin who knew him better than he knew himself. The underlying themes of life’s uncertainty, the normality of grief, and hard-to-find isolation an ever-connected world ring through every track. And yet, despite the gray clouds that float over the slow-paced instrument-driven production, Saba’s traversal of heavy themes can’t help but make you smile. Few albums, and even fewer artists, can guide a listener through this type of narrative, with a conclusion that’s overly triumphant. On his second album, Saba accomplishes this and we’re all better for it. -Ruben Gzirian

November 28

Khruangbin @ The Vic

I have nothing but love for Khruangbin. The Texas trio playing Thai funk came seemingly out of nowhere in 2016, and quickly gained steam – both critically and commercially. It’s easy listening that never becomes antiseptic: the liquid bass lines and deceptively simple drum patterns holding down the funk, while soaring, emotive slide guitar pulls at the heart on my sleeve. They also had one of the most adorable videos I’ve seen in a long while. Is their whole schtick tribute or appropriation? I’ll let you decide. But they’re still really, really good live. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

December 1

Robert Glasper @ Chicago Theatre

A known entity to your more artsy friends and your cool uncle who wears Kangol hats, Robert Glasper made mainstream waves earlier this summer when he accused Ms. Lauryn Hill of stealing music for her beloved record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was some seriously hot tea, and fans of the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader likely nodded in contemplative agreement, while Lauryn Hill stans asked “Robert who?” Controversy aside, Glasper is incredibly talented and has spent the last twenty years pushing the boundaries of contemporary jazz and R&B, playing with style and modality in many innovative ways. Absolutely worth checking out. -Jose Lopez-Sanchez

December 4

Thom Yorke @ Chicago Theatre

While Radiohead is not the fastest-moving band in rock, touring only occasionally, and even more rarely releasing new music, frontman Thom Yorke likes to keep going. Following a massive Radiohead tour (which is rumored to be their last for the foreseeable future), Yorke is hitting the road once again, focusing on his solo work, as well as the one-off band Atoms for Peace. Past Yorke solo shows have been hyped up for their intense set design and production, so you’ll probably want to catch this one. -Matt Byrne

December 5

Kimbra @ Thalia Hall

Kimbra’s proprietary blend of weirdo pop is a breath of fresh air. You might (and by might, I mean definitely) know her songs “Settle Down” and the incredibly overplayed “Somebody that I Used to Know,” but don’t let those tracks fool you into thinking she’s some sort of Regina Spektor knockoff. If you like dancing and feeling good, you could spend your money on far worse things. -Kaylee Dugan

December 6

Travis Scott @ United Center

I try really hard to avoid talking about the live performances of artists I’m previewing; I’ve learned through plenty of barren concerts by amazing artists that singing and performing are two different beasts. But with Travis Scott, it’s hard not to. Over the course of three albums, 2018’s Astroworld being the most recent, Travis Scott has created an artistic persona that bleeds into every bar, every song, every album, and every performance. He has done this, in large part, by taking the weird, eclectic coves of Kanye West, Kid Cudi, UGK, and Outkast and making albums that read like chapters in a Terence McKenna autobiography. When I saw Travis Scott in the Bronx in October 2017, I was absolutely astounded by his terrorizing performance—it was youth, energy, abandonment, and curation in one person. A person who is quickly climbing the later of greats. -Ruben Gzirian

December 7

Melissa Etheridge @ Genesee Theatre

Listen I know I’m supposed to write a fancy blurb here but “COME TO MY WINDOW” ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?!? -Tommy McNamara

December 14

Gang of Youths @ Metro

Ever what would happen if The National and The Hold Steady formed a band? There’s a good chance they would sound like Aussie rockers Gang of Youths. The five-piece’s sophomore album, Go Farther in Lightness, is a modern rock classic full of stadium worthy tracks. The record moves from the soaring “What Can I Do if the Fire Goes Out?” to the danceable “Let Me Down Easy.” The record hits every emotion from love gained to love lost and ruminations on death and being alive. Live, the band are a force to be reckoned with and are not afraid of giving everything they have. Hopefully when the band plays 9:30, the crowd will shut up and respect the band they are seeing unlike when the band played Union Stage earlier this year. -Rohan Mahadevan