From daring hip-hop to mathy metal, our 10 favorite releases out of Chicago, ranked
Chicago Elite Classic Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune Dec. 1 Rock Bitchin Bajas Lake View After an extended stint working on collaborative albums (one with Joshua Abrams’s Natural Information Society and another with indie legend Bonnie “Prince” Billy), this local electronic outfit returned to their own act in November with Bajas Fresh. The seven-song album, their … Read more
Faith Wilding’s Tree of Life Photo: Courtesy of artist and Western Exhibitions Nov. 1–19 Theater School of Rock Loop Can a struggling-musician-turned-substitute-teacher transform a group of nerdy overachievers into a bona fide rock band? Andrew Lloyd Webber amps up the power ballads in this take on the 2003 Jack Black film. Details:Broadway in Chicago at … Read more
Fleet Foxes Photo: Shawn Brackbill Oct. 1 New Music Crowd Out Loop The Pulitzer-winning composer David Lang, known for his particular brand of minimalism, also has a maximalist side, at least with regard to ensemble size. His 2014 work Crowd Out calls for 1,000 singers. Here, volunteers from all 50 of the city’s wards, recruited … Read more
United Flight 232 Photo: Michael Brosilow Sept. 1 Rock Kevin Morby Lincoln Park This Texas-born singer has never made straight country music, but there’s always been a twang to his sound. Last year’s Singing Saw—his third release, named for and featuring the distinctly rural musical instrument—was a work of evocative songwriting, rooted in the tradition … Read more
Plus: it’s a Spice World and we’re all just living in it, Noname delivers, and Big Sean is our big bro
Plus: a near-stampede after the 21 Savage set, only one blessed romphim, and lots of Chance’s friends.
Plus: the Trash Monster is here to save us, Tegan and Sara make condom jokes, and more
A new roller rink, thousands of fans rushing Migos’ stage, and the sky opening up over Lorde.
Our selection of the best for every mood, plus an exhaustive list of all the shows and parties available this weekend.