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The 15 Best Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop Shows in Chicago This November

Chance the Rapper, Sleigh Bells, Destroyer, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Slayer. How could you pass up Slayer?

Chance the Rapper will play the Friday night after Thanksgiving at the Riviera Theatre.   Photo: Mike Rich/RedEye

Chance the Rapper

11/29 at 7:30 He’s opened for Eminem and Kendrick Lamar and is featured on Lil Wayne’s new mix tape. Now the Chatham-born emcee caps off his stellar 2013 with the celebratory Social Experiment tour. $23. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine. event.etix.com.

Chris Cornell

11/1 at 8 The Soundgarden frontman returns on his Songbook Tour, a one-man acoustic show inspired by the Seattle coffeehouses he was raised in. $41–$76. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph. ticketmaster.com.

Destroyer

11/7 at 8 The Canadian artist—and sometime New Pornographers collaborator—fits guitar, horns, electronic flourishes, and freak poetry into softened grooves for lush, quirky orchestrations that would be at home in a Wes Anderson film or on loop at a Barbra Streisand house party. Chicago’s experimental iconoclast Azita opens the special intimate set. $22. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.

Empty Bottle

11/2 at 9:30 Mannequin Men. After a year-long hiatus, and with talk of a new album, Chicago’s punk brewsters find their way home. $10.
11/13 at 9 Tim Kasher. The Manic Cursive frontman finds peace and harmony in solo life. $12–$14.
11/18 at 9 Temples. The buzzy Brits have the look of Richard Ashcroft and the sound of Stone Roses. $10.
1035 N Western. emptybottle.com.

Krewella

11/16 at 9 Sisters Johan and Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rainman” Trindl make up this local EDM trio which has garnered national attention for its heavy dubsets—winning fans at Spring Awakening and Electric Daisy Carnival. $30. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. jamusa.com.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

11/4 at 7 Ever since the Seattle rapper teamed up with Lewis, the duo have become the Richie Rich of hip-hop. Their debut The Heist was last fall’s sleeper hit, gradually gaining momentum on the charts with anti-anthems that dismiss bourgeois ’tudes (“Thrift Shop”) and rally for marriage equality (“Same Love”). $34–$88. UIC Pavilion, 525 S Racine. ticketmaster.com.

Monster Magnet

11/16 at 8 If space aliens invaded the Vegas strip during a Woodstock reunion and Cameron Crowe was there to capture it on film, you might get close to a Monster Magnet show. The retro-rock power troupe is an exercise of excess, with satirical charades alongside metal thrashing. $22.50. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake. bottomlounge.com.

Schubas

11/10 at 8 Sebadoh. The lo-fi pioneers took 14 years to contemplate their next move, and Defend Yourself is exactly what indie rock has been waiting to hear. $20–$23.
11/15 at 10 Cymbals Eat Guitars. These New York scenesters stretch the limits of their rock cummerbund by filling up on railing guitars and rogue pop arrangements. $14.
11/17 at 9 Minor Alps. Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) join forces on this new rocktronic project that’s as wise as their combined years in the biz. $22.
11/20 at 9 Shad. The studious rapper has a bilateral approach, chaining himself to social causes like Rwandan genocide and breaking free with humor (see his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spoof). The new album Flying Colours shows just how far he’s graduated in the new hip-hop class. $10–$12.
3159 N Southport. schubas.com.

Slayer

11/15 at 7:30 The Reign in Blood legends aren’t ready to lay down their guitars just yet. Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt mount the band’s first tour in two years. $39.50–$45. Aragon, 1106 W Lawrence. jamusa.com.

Sleigh Bells

11/10 at 9 Slasher noisecore will always be this band’s hallowed ground. If you need more volume in your indie rock, this show’s for you. $26. Metro, 3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com.

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