CHICAGO — Leaves are starting to fall to the ground, but the vibes inside Chicago music venues have never been higher with another jammed packed month of music.
Let’s take a look at ten of the best shows below, starting with one of the most fun live acts that you can see tonight.
10/3 — Matt and Kim, Metro
Speaking of fun, even if you didn’t think listening to “Grand” in 2009 was the Webster’s definition of “being different” — it’ll be physically impossible not to dance at a Matt and Kim show.
It’s truly an experience. One of my most prized possessions is a “I crowd surfed at Matt and Kim” after doing the deed.
10/7 — Kate Bollinger, Empty Bottle
Introspection, some minimalism and someone on the rise are things that come to mind when listening to Kate Bollinger.
“Who Am I But Someone” is a beautifully-crafted tune about wanting to make a change but not knowing where to begin.
10/8 — Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, De La Soul – United Center
Fans of iconic groundbreaking hip hop would be ecstatic to see one of these three, but Wu-Tang, Nas and De La Soul in the same show? Wow.
10/11 — Noname, Riviera Theatre
Bronzeville’s own Noname comes from the same scene that birthed Chance The Rapper in the early 2010s, even appearing on the “Acid Rap” track “Lost.”
Despite her stage name, she’s created quite the reputation for herself while staying independent. Her second self-released LP “Sundial” was released back in August.
10/14 — Band of Horses, Salt Shed
Known for bringing in indie heavy hitters in its short existence, Band of Horses comes to Salt Shed in less than two weeks.
Don’t worry, they still play over half of “Cease to Begin” live — as the kids say if you know, you know.
10/15 — Model/Actriz, Hideout
If you’re looking for a weird up-and-coming band full of talent, boy do I have an artist for you — Brooklyn’s Model/Actriz.
We’ll let the music do the talking. Check out one of the strangest music videos ever below for their single “Crossing Guard.”
10/15 — Nation of Language, Metro
Enter another Brooklyn band that can be mistaken for a U.K. artist — Nation of Language. On a sweltering first day of Pitchfork 2023, the charisma of frontman Ian Devaney took center stage.
Bandmates Aidan Noell (synth) and Alex MacKay (bass) provide the type of sound that’s fresh in any decade, like listening to INXS’ “Don’t Change” for the first time.
10/19 — Ann Wilson, The Vic
Rock royalty on a Thursday night at The Vic? Sign me up.
Heart lead singer Ann Wilson, who announced this summer she is working on new music with her sister Nancy, will bring the hits on a Thursday in mid-October.
10/28 — Lauryn Hill and the Fugees, United Center
There’s been delays to the tour but the Fugees are finally playing Chicago for the first time since the 90s and it may be their last ever performances as a trio. In April, member Pras was convicted in a conspiracy case involving funneling money from a now-fugitive Malaysian financer through straw donors.
As if seeing the Fugees wasn’t reason enough to go, Lauryn Hill is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her iconic solo debut “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”
It should be one of the best hip-hop shows ever in Chicago.
10/29 — Faye Webster, Riviera Theatre
There’s nothing like an artist who can bring you right into a song with tremendous imagery, something Atlanta-based indie sensation Faye Webster does with ease.
Even though it’s simple, the following line brings an instant feeling of a cheap adventure to Jamaica’s capitol with the love of your life.
“I don’t know that much about Kingston/But I like the sound it makes when it starts pouring rain.”
She rocks The Riv right before Halloween.