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How we pick the events: These listings are not advertisements. They are a selective guide to arts events recommended by Chicago’s culture critics.
Know before you go: Details of listings can change at the last minute. Please call ahead to confirm.
3/7 at 7:30 Remember that collective nightmare last August in which Cyrus strapped on flesh-colored latex underwear, Robin Thicke borrowed Beetlejuice’s suit, and the two engaged in an awkward, age-inappropriate grinding sesh to “Blurred Lines” on the MTV Video Music Awards? That PR stunt launched the 21-year-old former Disney star’s ad nauseam media antics, and though “Wrecking Ball” is a decent enough pop tune, for better or worse, it’s not why Miley’s burned into anyone’s memory. $49.50–$89.50. Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim. ticketmaster.com
Dum Dum Girls
3/31 at 9 The voice of Chrissie Hynde (frontwoman of the Pretenders) lives inside Dum Dum Girls chanteuse Dee Dee Penny, who started the group as a solo bedroom recording project before picking up three ladies to form a full band. The quartet mixes garage, doo-wop, and girl-group sounds to charming effect and has killer style to boot. $14. Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western. ticketweb.com
3/13 at 7 Every generation needs its inexplicably popular generic alt rock by way of dubstep-rock band. Imagine Dragons meets that need. $29.50–$49.50. Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim. ticketmaster.com
Into It. Over It.
3/1 at 6:30 Local emo songster Evan Weiss’s solo vehicle Into It. Over It. draws comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie, which, really, should make Ben Gibbard proud. $13. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake. ticketweb.com
Kings of Leon
3/8 at 8 Once the toast of alternative rock, this group of photogenic guitar men has since become one of the genre’s last arena-packing mainstays. $28.50–$65.50. United Center, 1901 W Madison. unitedcenter.com
3 Shows at Metro
3/6 at 8:30 White Denim. The trio from Austin, Texas, steeps prog-synth noodling in a heady brew of hard rock on its newest LP, 2013’s Corsicana Lemonade. $18.
3/16 at 8 Russian Circles. This instrumental metal trio has climbed the ranks to become one of the most compelling live shows you’ll see on the local front, with an arsenal of looping pedals, fog machines, and uplights to add even more texture to its signature layered assaults. The group plays behind sinister 2013 album Memorial.
3/28 at 9 Warpaint. The Los Angeles–based ladies weave an ethereal sonic tapestry reminiscent of Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star without outrightly aping either. They tour in support of a new self-titled album, hot off the presses in January. $21.
3730 N Clark. metrochicago.com, etix.com
3/25 at 8 The idiosyncratic Ryan Lott recently teamed up with indie folk darling Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti for a compelling album. Catch him doing some solo stuff here. $12–$14. Schubas, 3159 N Southport. schubas.com
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