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The Six Best Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop Shows in Chicago This February

Between Justin Timberlake, Califone, and Neutral Milk Hotel, your nights will be busy next month.

Justin Timberlake performing at Soldier Field last July. He’ll bring sexy back to the United Center February 16 and 17.   Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune


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. lincolnhallchicago.com


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. lincolnhallchicago.com

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. schubas.com

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. ticketmaster.com

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. clubtix.com

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. ticketmaster.com


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