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Critics Picks: A Platter of Concerts for the Holiday Weekend

Wondering how to spend the time when you’re not stuffing your face with turkey? Check out our list of the must-see concerts this weekend.

Kelly Hogan
Kelly Hogan

Between Black Wednesday and Cyber Monday, there is a music-filled weekend that is perfect way escape the tryptophan hangover, family overload, and mall shoppers invasion. It’s a schedule we can all be thankful for. Here’s a round-up for the best rock/pop rescues:

11/21 at 8

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead

The hardcore rock band from Austin, Texas, just released their eighth studio album, Lost Songs, which touches on cultural themes from the incarcerated Russian art troupe Pussy Riot to HBO’s Game of Thrones. $15. The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake. ticketweb.com


11/23 at 7


The New Orleans rapper freestyled his way into the hearts of the crowd at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Fest; since, he has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa and founded his own imprint, Jet Life Recordings, on Warner Bros. Records. $25. Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee. ticketfly.com


11/24 at 7:30

Kids These Days

These Whitney Young High School alums are not only young but fresh with a rock-blues-soul-jazz-rap hybrid that attracted Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to produce their debut, Traphouse Rock, which was released in October. $12. The Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield. etix.com


11/25 at 8

Titus Andronicus

There’s more to Jersey Rock than Bruce Springsteen and Skid Row. 2005 brought us the studious Titus Andronicus, an indie punk rock quintet who wrote an entire album about the Civil War. They even quote Shakespeare (and Albert Camus) on their history-meets-hipster tracks. $18. Metro, 3730 N. Clark. etix.com


OR just spend your whole weekend at City Winery

Chicago’s Bloodshot Records represents at the cavernous venue this weekend. On 11/ 21, hillbilly punk rockers The Waco Brothers join Danny Barnes for a rock ‘n’ roll, whiskey ‘n’ beer spectacular, presented by Heaven Hill Distilleries. On 11/ 23 and 24 Mavis Staples is joined by Kelly Hogan for a vocal showdown. citywinery.com/chicago


Photograph: Lisa Predko; Hair and Makeup: Martina Sykes; Photo Assistants: Joanna Patterson, Lauren Butterfield, Lyndon French; Intern: Katie Donajkowski


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