Photo: Courtesy of Surfer Blood
ROCK, POP, HIP-HOP
FALL OUT BOY *Critic’s Pick
5/16 at 6:30 Judging by the band’s ploy of torching their own vinyl at the site of 1979’s Disco Demolition Night, the pop punkers are saying thanks for the memories while they carry on to save rock ’n’ roll. Sold out. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine. jamusa.com.
5/10–11 at 10 Boris. Japanese power trio digs deep into the annals of drone and stoner rock in a special two-night set. $15–18 single shows, $25 for two-day pass. 5/14 at 8 Kurt Vile & the Violators. Vile has been on top of his solo game since 2000, releasing five critics’ picks that have run the gamut of influences from Bruce Springsteen to Animal Collective. $20. 2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com.
5/11 at 9 Black Moth Super Rainbow. The band members are shrouded in mystery, but their music is transparent hippie-tronic chic. The Hood Internet, Chicago’s mash-up masters, opens. $17. 5/30 at 6:30 and 5/31 at 9 Alkaline Trio. Punk rock legends return home and ready a riot, with 17 years of hardcore material and new tracks from their latest, My Shame Is True. Sold Out. 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com.
5/9 at 8 These hip-hop pioneers were largely responsible for reinvigorating the East Coast underground. Since debuting in 1993, Havoc and Prodigy have sold 40 million records, most notably the revered bible of the genre, The Infamous. $22–$100. Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee. doubledoor.com.
5/9 at 8 Often compared to No Doubt, the young-gun pop-punk trio have one of their best singles to date (“Now”) and their first North American tour in three years. $38.50–$49.50. Chicago Theatre, 175 N State. ticketmaster.com.
5/17 at 8 Thenewno2. George Harrison’s kid, Dhani, carries out his legacy with an eclectic art-rock troupe enhanced by local film composer Jonathan Sadoff. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club headlines. $25. 5/18 at 7 Surfer Blood. Sunny Florida rockers make “Weird Shapes” into party-hopping power pop. Come for the guitar swells, stay for the beach ballads. $24. 3145 N Sheffield.victheatre.com.
CLASSIC ROCK, BLUES, SOUL
DELMARK RECORDS 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
5/19 at 6:30 The Chicago blues and jazz label begins its diamond anniversary with this show, which will feature some of the female blues singers on Delmark’s roster. Big Time Sarah is joined by hard-belting blues scion Demetria Taylor and husky growler Sharon Lewis. $20. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.
5/16 at 8 In between leading alternative rock founding mothers Throwing Muses since 1980, Hersh periodically steps out as a solo artist, putting her breathy, girlish voice to careening melodies. $22. $20 school members. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.
CHUCK PROPHET *Critic’s Pick
5/10 at 8, 5/18 at 9 The former guitarist for country rockers Green on Red mixes garage and classic rock in his sly Dylan-indebted songs. 5/10: $15–$28. Space, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com. 5/18: $15. $18 at the door. FitzGerald’s, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
5/19 at 8 The gay-themed Norwegian punk-metal band stormed back from its latest hiatus and the departure of its longtime lead singer with a commanding new gravel-throated vocalist and last year’s record Sexual Harassment. $25. Metro, 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com.
JOE LOUIS WALKER
5/23 at 7:30 Even by the fervent standards of the blues, Walker is an impassioned performer, applying his gruff hollers and scorched-earth guitar playing to songs that range across a variety of styles, including rock, gospel, soul, and even psychedelia. $15–$27. Space, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com.