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

Folk, Country, World

Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon Photo: Angel Ceballos


5/9 at 8 Singing in both English and Welsh, Le Bon stands out for a hushed vocal style plucked straight from the 1960s. Her newest release, Crab Day, is an ambitious audio-visual world builder. $15. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. lh-st.com


5/6–7 Fans of traditional country rock will find a kindred spirit in Lucette, whose music channels sorrowful vets such as Emmylou Harris. It’s been two years since her debut album, Black Is the Color, so eager fans can expect some new material here. $25–$60. SPACE, 1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com


5/17 at 7 Since Underwood’s monumental American Idol win, she’s shot up the country charts, nabbing an impressive seven Grammys and 11 Country Music Awards along the way. After a three-year hiatus, Underwood returns to Chicago behind Storyteller, her magnetic pop- and-rock-infused fifth LP. $46–$80. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. allstatearena.com


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