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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsFebruary 2016

Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop

Eleanor Friedberger
Eleanor Friedberger Photo: Joe DeNardo


2/26 at 7 This New York prog-rock outfit has released a slew of heady LPs since its heyday, but traditionalists needn’t worry: The band’s Riot Fest set was built around its cult-lauded sophomore and junior LPs, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 and Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV. $35. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. ticketmaster.com


2/19 at 7 If it seems off that the Boston-based Celtic punk band is already mounting its 20th anniversary tour, consider that the genre had its heyday 10 years into the band’s career—which makes the bagpipe-toting septet both ahead of its time and primed for a victory lap. $33. Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence. ticketmaster.com


2/24 at 9 This indie-rock singer, and half of the duo the Fiery Furnaces, plays the Bottle behind her third LP, New View, which is as sunnily laid-back and smart as anything she’s penned in the past. $13. Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. ticketweb.com


2/13–14 Few rooms in the city are so well suited as the U. of C.’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel to the dramatic (if occasionally self-important) instrumental rock of this Canadian collective, which has gained a rabid cult following in its two-decade tenure. $24–$40. 2/13: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. 2/14: Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. ticketweb.com


2/19 at 8 This rising R&B singer made her big debut on Prince’s Baltimore in May, then promptly followed it up with a silver screen debut in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. Here, she’ll give her EP Aviary: Act I a proper sendoff (it was released online in November)—and hopefully share its second act, due out in early 2016. $18–$25. City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph. citywinery.com



2/16 at 8:30 Like clockwork, these New York indie rockers play a Chicago music festival in the summer, release an album in the fall, and then return on tour to promote it. This year, the album is Monastic Living and the venue is Thalia Hall. $16–$20. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. ticketweb.com


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