CHICAGO — With weather warming up and St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, more great acts are headed to Chicago venues next month.
Here are ten of the best coming to the city.
3/2 — Titus Andronicus, Bottom Lounge
Taken from the name of a Shakespeare tragedy, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus is known for critically-acclaimed indie rock with a mix of subtle history references.
Their arguably-best 2010 album “The Monitor” is named after the United States’ USS Monitor during the Civil War.
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3/3 — Kweku Collins, Sleeping Village
Evanston’s very own Kweku Collins released his debut EP in 2015 when he was still in high school.
After six years between his last album “Grey,” Collins released his new LP “Then Spring” on Feb. 3. A month to the day after the release, he’s set to rock Sleeping Village on a Friday night.
Listen in: Lonely Lullabies (Live on KEXP)
3/4 — Elle King, The Salt Shed
Elle King got her first breakthrough in 2014 with the infectious single “Ex’s & Oh’s” — which ended up charting and received two Grammy nominations.
Starting out with more of a blues, country and pop sound, her new album “Come Get Your Wife” is more of a foray into country.
Fun fact — King is the daughter of actor Rob Schneider.
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3/10 — White Reaper, Metro
Louisville has always been an underrated hot bed of music and White Reaper’s sound will bring you back to the late 90s/early 2000s. Their latest infectious single “Pages” has been getting a lot of radio play.
Another fun fact for you — the co-founder shares his name with Blackhawks’ legendary goalie Tony Esposito.
3/10 — Iggy Pop, The Salt Shed
The man, the myth, the legend Iggy Pop is arguably the Salt Shed’s biggest get of their inaugural 2023 indoor season.
Iggy returns to Chicago for the first time since 2016 and will be playing many solo and Stooges hits.
3/11 — Weyes Blood, Riviera Theatre
Her voice is perfect for chamber pop and she has no signs of slowing down. Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, got her start singing in church due to being born to Born Again Christian parents.
She told outlets they were “bummed,” when she decided to leave and has been pretty much releasing her own music ever since.
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3/11-3/12 — The Jayhawks, Old Town School of Folk Music
While aforementioned Elle King is newer to alternative country, The Jayhawks are one of the godfathers of the genre.
Coming out of the same Twin Cities music scene as Prince in the mid-80s, The Jayhawks have gone on to release 11 studio albums.
Get lost in one of the best songs of all time, “Blue,” below.
3/17 — JAWNY, Thalia Hall
Sometimes music needs to be plain old fun and that’s exactly what JAWNY brings. He brings credence to the idea that anyone with talent can become popular with addicting bedroom pop melodies and TikTok.
3/23, 3/24-3/25 — Wilco and Horsegirl, Riviera Theatre
Known for playing small residencies at Chicago venues throughout their career, Wilco will be playing three shows next month at The Riv. Hardcore fans will probably be attending all three, due to the band promising that no setlist will be the same.
But the real story here may be the opener — Chicago up-and-comers Horsegirl.
They’re getting a lot of attention on XRT with “Anti-glory,” which has a bass line that cuts directly into your soul. Pegged to open for Wilco, the group is signed to Matador records and still haven’t reached their 20s.
Listen in: Wilco’s War on War (Live on KEXP), Horsegirl’s Anti-glory
3/31 — Shwayze, Beat Kitchen
Quite possibly one of the last true “MTV hype acts,” Shwayze burst onto the scene in 2008 with “Buzzin'” and subsequent reality documentary of the same name. Go back to a simpler time on a Friday night at the Beat Kitchen.