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Five Shows to Drag Your Extended Family to This Thanksgiving Holiday

Chicago’s local musicians are home for the week too—and they’re celebrating with intimate club gigs on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

Vic Mensa plays Friday at Metro.   Photo: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune

Thanksgiving is here, which means it’s time to embrace the age-old American tradition of dragging your siblings, cousins, and high-school friends out for a night of barbarous pre-and post-feast carousing. Luckily, Chicago’s local musicians are home for the week too, and a number of them—both emigrés and lifers—are playing intimate hometown shows. Here are five to target.

The Day Before


Smashing Pumpkins

Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport
When: Wednesday, November 26 at 8 p.m.
How much: $200–$290 (StubHub)
Why you should go: Billy Corgan and co.’s new single “Tiberius” (off Monuments to an Elegy, out December 9) is the group’s noisiest track since the Mellon Collie days.

Twista

Where: Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee
When: Wednesday, November 26 at 8 p.m.
How much: $20–$75
Why you should go: The Chopper-style emcee has influenced (and collaborated with) everybody from Kanye to Common to Chance to Chief Keef, and can pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds—which alone is worth witnessing live.


The Days After


Vic Mensa

Where: Metro, 3730 N. Clark
When: Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m.
How much: $72–$200 (StubHub)
Why you should go: Wrigleyville may very well be a nightmare this weekend, but this rising Hyde Park native has been steadily releasing new music for months, and he’s likely to preview more at this sold-out hometown show.

Syl Johnson

Where: SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
When: Friday, November 28 at 8 p.m.
How much: $15–$27.
Why you should go: To witness a local soul legend—and boogie off that extra slice of pumpkin pie.

Angel Olsen

Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport
When: Saturday, November 29 at 9 p.m.
How much: $18–$300.
Why you should go: This beloved indie-folk singer was raised in St. Louis and currently lives in Asheville, but her music career began in Chicago, so this show is a homecoming. An added bonus: Last week Olsen dropped the deluxe edition of her sophomore LP Burn Your Fire for No Witness along with this new video, in which she dons some elaborate Victorian duds:

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