Go to Chicago’s Eleven Biggest Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop Concerts in June

Chvrches, Black Flag, Tomahawk, She & Him, Japandroids, and one Fiery Furnace? Chicago sounds incredible this month.

Photo: courtesy of she & him

M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel of She & Him play the Aragon on June 29.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER
6/7 at 9:30 As part of Fiery Furnaces with her brother Matthew, the Oak Park native Eleanor Friedberger manned a creative laboratory. Now on her second solo album, she’s a beacon of impactful songwriting that recalls 1970s greats like Joni Mitchell. $15. 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com.

TOMAHAWK
6/7 at 8:30 Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, the Jesus Lizard’s Duane Denison, and Helmet’s John Stanier come together to create rich rock patterns and mystic metal overludes. $24. Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield. jamusa.com.

BLACK FLAG
6/8 at 8, 6/9 at 6 An eruption of activity after 25-plus years of dormancy for SoCal’s hardcore punk godfathers has sent two incarnations of the band on tour, including this “official” reunion led by the founding member and sole constant Greg Ginn. Go for the reported new material. $30–$35. Reggies, 2105 S State. reggieslive.com.

GLEN HANSARD
6/9 at 8 Glen Hansard. Like Bob Dylan, this singer-songwriter delivers a rush of blood to the head and heart. His impassioned howls fill the room like a one-man choir. $36. 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com

CHVRCHES Critic’s Pick
6/10 at 8 Likely to be 2013’s water-cooler band, the Scottish synth pop trio just nabbed SXSW’s inaugural Grulke Prize for an emerging non-U.S. act. Expect hot-ironed versions of “Lies” and “The Mother We Share” from the just-released EP Recover. $17. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com.

JAPANDROIDS
6/11 at 9 If these Canadians sound like an army of robots, it’s because they might be—it’s the only way to explain how only two musicians can produce such superhuman energy. $20. 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com.

SLUM VILLAGE
6/14 at 8 In their prime, the group found success with their debut, Fantastic Vol. 2, and opening gigs for A Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, and D’Angelo. The founding member T3 is still in the game with Grammy-nominated producer Young RJ. Chicago emcee Aerias opens. $20–$40. Reggies, 2105 S State. reggieslive.com.

SPRING AWAKENING FESTIVAL
6/14–16 Local samplers Flosstradamus, Krewella, and Team Bayside High keep up Chicago’s house-music legacy while the producer-bosses Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, and Moby bring their laptops to play along. $160–$250. Soldier Field, 1410 S Museum Campus. springawakeningfestival.com.

MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?
6/14–15 at 9:30
 The sci-fi punks have always been light years ahead of their time with a sample-heavy surf rock sound. The 1990s burned them out, but they return bright for a two-night stand. $15. 1035 N Western. emptybottle.com.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA
6/21 at 10 Although the Atlanta band has no roots in Manchester nor is it an orchestra, its voluminous wall of sound and fast track to indie fame give the name credence. Its ingenuous, ingenious debut, I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child, hooked label attention, and an upcoming fourth album may bring mass appeal. $20. Subterranean, 2011 W North. subt.net.

SHE & HIM
6/29 at 7:30 Together, Zooey Deschanel and the music whiz M. Ward milk charming Carter-Cash odes of boy meets girl with sunny AM radio flair. The pair looks through a jukebox Instagram lens to find modern harmony. Indie kingpins Camera Obscura open. $43. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. aragon.com.

 

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