2/1 at 9 The acclaimed Chicago-born quartet of multi-instrumentalists plays in support of its 2013 album, Stitches, the group’s first record since lead singer Tim Rutili completed his debut feature-length film, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, in 2009. $18. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln.


2/18 After being kidnapped and held hostage by the Los Zetas drug cartel in Mexico City last October (no joke), the charming Spanish indie act soldiers on in support of a new LP, Apar, which features lovely vocal contributions by Caroline Polachek of Chairlift and a roster of delightful electronically infused dance tracks to trance out to. $18. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln.

Damien Jurado

2/1 at 10 For a troubadour who’s been kicking around since 1995, singer-songwriter Jurado has delivered more hits than misses. 2012’s Maraqopa, created in conjunction with Secretly Canadian studio whiz Richard Swift, was a breath of fresh air, with tracks such as “Museum of Flight” that teleported listeners to a land of melancholic harmony. $15. Schubas, 3159 N Southport.

Neutral Milk Hotel

2/6–7 If you were involved in a college music scene in the late ’90s or early aughts, you know Neutral Milk Hotel’s opus In the Aeroplane over the Sea, the album that birthed a million underground singer-songwriters and served as the soundtrack to many an undergraduate make-out session. Fragile frontman Jeff Mangum rarely tours, so don’t miss this opportunity to relive the low-fi nostalgia, which includes all of the musicians that played on that record. $36. Riviera Theatre, 4746 N Racine.

Prefuse 73

2/1 at 8 With the 2011 LP The Only She Chapters, NYC-based producer Guillermo Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) eschewed his celebrated glitch-hop sound for a more textured, psychedelic lineup of tracks featuring extraordinary vocalists, such as Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, a welcome sonic changeup. Here he’ll dabble in old and new cuts from his catalog, including recent collabs with opener Falty DL. $21.50. Concord Music Hall, 2047 N Milwaukee.

Justin Timberlake

2/16–17 at 8 You don’t need a suit and tie to get down with JT, but it would be a shame to miss the former ’N Sync crooner performing that 2013 hit—which features an infectious sample of ’70s R&B act Sly, Slick & Wicked’s “Sho’ Nuff.” $49.50–$175. United Center, 1901 W Madison.