10 Must-See Music Events in Chicago This Week

From Fleetwood Mac to Fred Armisen

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This week’s music calendar is full of heavy hitters from Fleetwood Mac to The-Dream and James Blake, and even an appearance by Fred Armisen.

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller/Courtesy of Thalia Hall

Adia Victoria
Nashville-based Adia Victoria brings a sharp, pop edge to the blues. The South Carolina native tackles topics like mental illness, religion, sexism and drug addiction in her slick take on the Southern Gothic. Her sophomore album, Silences, takes its name from oppressed people who have been silenced, and we’re fortunate that Victoria has found her voice.
Details: February 25, 8 p.m. at Schubas; $13-15

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (Yo La Tengo)
Indie rock icons Yo La Tengo perform their original score over an hour-long film for this unique “live documentary” format. The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller explores Fuller’s utopian vision of radical social change through a design revolution. Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green narrates the film live.
Details: February 26, 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $28

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Cold Cave
Goth kids rejoice! Cold Cave is touring with a new single called “Promised Land.” Wesley Eisold and company wrap nihilism in synths, motorik beats and Eisold‘s deep baritone. Cold Cave’s stylish take on industrial and new wave mean you had better wear black.
Details: February 27, 8 p.m. at Metro; $25

Julia Holter
Contemporary composer Julia Holter heads to Thalia Hall in support of her latest album, Aviary. Her play on pop incorporates indie, classical and electronic elements in surprising arrangements, from melodious ballads to a swirl of sounds imitating an aviary of chattering birds. Holter’s distinctive experimental art continues to cut through an era full of noise.
Details: February 28, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $20-25

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Every day is Valentine’s Day when The-Dream is in town. Atlanta-based R&B crooner and producer to the stars Terius Nash is known for hits like “I Luv Your Girl,” “Falsetto” and “Shawty Is the Shit.” Nash is also a prolific producer to the stars and recently teased a new Rihanna album in the works. With a whopping 40 tracks, Nash’s sixth solo album, Ménage å Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3, offers a weekend’s worth of baby-making music.
Details: February 28, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $25-30

Empress Of
If you need an excuse to dance this week, join Lorely Rodriguez for a dose of alternative pop and R&B at the intimate Sleeping Village. For her latest Empress Of album, 2018’s Us, the bilingual singer worked with the likes of Dev Hynes and Kanye collaborators DJDS.
Details: March 1, 9 p.m. at Sleeping Village; $20

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Fleetwood Mac
Go your own way and join Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie for an evening of rock classics that need no introduction. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Fleetwood Mac recently ousted Lindsay Buckingham from the band (again) during their 50-city tour, but will round out the tour with Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (Crowded House). Celebrate along with the beloved band who marked their 50th anniversary in 2017.
Details: March 1, 8 p.m. at the United Center; $72.50-2,550

Fred Armisen
Comedian Fred Armisen brings his knack for combining music and comedy to the Metro with his special “Comedy for Musicians but Everyone is Welcome.” Armisen will perform a catalog of one-hit wonders ranging from yacht rock to hardcore to bossa nova, illustrating modern musical history as only he can.
Details: March 2, 9:30 p.m. at Metro; $30

The Way Down Wanderers
Peoria quintet the Way Down Wanderers offer an upbeat take on the roots and folk tradition. Their sophomore album, Illusions, was released just last week and features the production of Grammy-winner David Schiffman whose past credits range from Johnny Cash to HAIM to Rage Against the Machine. It’s a rollicking bluegrass ride that tackles life’s mysteries through the lens of reggae and Americana.
Details: March 2, 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $15-18

James Blake
British singer-songwriter James Blake is back with his fourth album, Assume Form. Blake’s latest blends R&B, indie-pop and hip hop with guest appearances from André 3000, Travis Scott, Moses Sumney and more. Blake fans will indulge in his familiar melancholy lyrics carried by sublime synths and falsetto.
Details: March 3, 6:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre; $41-44