Bill Callahan and Janelle Monáe

Photography: (Callahan) Kirstie Shanley; (Monáe) Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP

Bill Callahan (left) and Janelle Monáe (right)

1. Billy Cobham at SPACE
Living jazz royalty and a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Panamanian American drummer/bandleader is tireless—and a sight to behold. $25; Oct. 3

2. Bill Callahan at Alhambra Palace
The singer-songwriter formerly known as Smog enthralls audiences with tastefully clever song craft and candid live performances. $25; Oct. 14

3. Jacco Gardner at Empty Bottle
This writer of psychedelic baroque-pop songs is wise beyond his 24 years. $10; Oct. 26

4. Sparks at Lincoln Hall
This genre-defying pop act has been consistently ahead of its time since the 1970s. $30; Nov. 6

5. Drake at the United Center
Whether he’s rapping or busting out a smooth jam, he’ll do it with confidence. From $60; Oct. 9

6. Mount Kimbie at Lincoln Hall
The British duo has electronic-music fans in a joyful haze. $20; Oct. 22

7. Built to Spill at Metro
Doug Martsch’s tried-and-true indie act noodles like no other in a live setting. $25; Nov. 14

8. Goblin at Metro
Curious about this masterful Italian prog-rock act? Start with the soundtracks for films Profondo Rosso and Suspiria. From $25; Oct. 13

9. Mannequin Men at Empty Bottle
The local garage-punk rabble-rousers return with a mission to blow the roof off the Bottle. $10; Nov. 2

10. Janelle Monáe at the Vic
The tuxedo-committed R&B queen is touring in support of her new concept album, The Electric Lady. $31; Oct. 21


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