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

Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop

Tame Impala
Tame Impala Photo: Matt Sav


6/18 at 8:30 Part of a pioneering wave of female producers who use intricate vocal looping, the sometimes-downright-strange Barwick remains one of today’s most unusual DJs. In her latest act, she unveils Will, her enveloping third full-length album. $13–$15. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com


6/19 at 7 A lot has happened since the eponymous musical sketch show Flight of the Conchords ended its run on HBO in 2009. Bret McKenzie, half of the starring duo, won an Academy Award for his work on the last Muppets film, while his partner, Jemaine Clement, appeared in Rio and Men in Black 3. Here, the pair reunite for an unlikely stint of throwback Conchords wit. $25–$55. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph. jamusa.com


6/12 at 7:30 This band’s third studio album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, came and went with less commercial fanfare than their previous two efforts—but it did showcase lead vocalist Florence Welch’s best performance yet. $21–$303. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland, Tinley Park. livenation.com


6/25 at 7:30 One of the strangest post-Disney successes yet, Gomez is neither Miley rebellious nor Lovato talented nor Jonas charming. Instead, she’s made her name on breathy, loungey pop songs requiring little more than perfect production to win new fans. $41–$101. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. ticketmaster.com


6/7 at 8 Sunn O))) just might be the best (and first) drone-metal band to enter the mainstream. Blending noise-art stylings with spacy metal, the group hits Chicago behind Kannon, its seventh studio album. $25. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. thaliahallchicago.com



6/9 at 7:30 There’s a reason Rihanna covered Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” on her long-awaited new record. The track’s infectious melody and challenging lyrics epitomize the group’s growing mainstream appeal. Here, fans new and old can revel in jammy, danceable tracks from the band’s latest album, Currents. $39. UIC Pavillion, 525 S. Racine. ticketmaster.com


6/19 at 8 Katie Crutchfield (a.k.a. Waxahatchee) penned a near-perfect ode to 20-something confusion on her latest album, Ivy Tripp. Released in 2015, the record is equal parts biting, sorrowful, and punk rock, accessible to listeners both in and at a comfortable remove from their 20s. $16. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. beatkitchen.com


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