From a rare indie rock reunion two decades in the making to an up-and-coming Aussie pop artist, this week’s concert calendar offers plenty of reasons to get out of the house in January.
If you ever wanted to watch Nico sing karaoke, Anika might be up your alley. Berlin artist Annika Henderson is a musician, poet, artist and DJ. Her solo music covers everything from Yoko Ono to Nirvana with an industrial, dubby coolness.
Details: January 22, 8:30 p.m. at the Empty Bottle; $15
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
In the two decades since Pavement disbanded, frontman Stephen Malkmus has made seven indie rock records with the Jicks. In 2018, the band released Sparkle Hard, incorporating vintage synths, winds and even Auto-Tune into their meandering guitar rockers. You might also catch a glimpse of Malkmus’ upcoming electronic album, Groove Denied, due out this spring.
Details: January 23, 8 p.m. at Metro; $26-28
Austin indie rockers Mineral are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a tour supporting their first new music in two decades. While the band was only active for about four years, their music has remained influential far beyond the ‘90s alt-rock scene. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see the four-piece in action and hear their new songs “Aurora” and “Your Body is the World” live.
Details: January 24, 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $30-35
Prepare for the Danish pop invasion as MØ stops in Chicago on her North American tour. On her second album, 2018’s Forever Neverland, MØ collaborated with the likes of Charli XCX, Diplo, Empress Of and Hudson Mowhawke. Get ready to give yourself over to MØ’s brand of electro-pop and dance the night away.
Details: January 25, 7:30 p.m. at The Vic; $30
Dubstep icon Rusko is back on stage after battling stomach cancer. In 2018, Christopher William Mercer dropped his first new music in some time, a five-track EP titled Has Made Five More Songs. Expect grimy, reggae-heavy UK swagger and basslines that make the whole dance floor drop.
Details: January 25, 10 p.m. at Sound-Bar; $30
Shamir Bailey burst onto the scene with his debut album Ratchet in 2015, gaining mainstream electro-pop hit “On the Regular.” Yet the Las Vegas native refuses to be categorized, drawing on influences like alt-rock, country and punk for his two follow-up albums. Whether the singer-songwriter is sharing the woes of his generation on “90s Kids” or tackling police brutality on “I Can’t Breathe,” Shamir’s creative evolution is dazzling to witness.
Details: January 25, 9 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $15-18
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks return to The Chicago Theatre for their fourth-annual residency. Contemporary blues stars individually, the married couple are gearing up to release their fourth album since joining forces as a band in 2010. Expect to hear songs from their individual catalogs woven into the set, and maybe even an Allman Brothers tune.
Details: January 25 and 26 at The Chicago Theatre, 7:30 p.m. nightly; $19.50-162.50
If you’re looking for a winter pick-me-up, don’t miss Mallrat’s infectious pop melodies at Bottom Lounge. Grace Shaw paints the mundanity of teenage life with sweet honesty—Mallrat’s two EPs offer all the excitement, melancholy and hope of a 20-year-old navigating the world.
Details: January 26, 7:30 p.m. at Bottom Lounge; $20
Oh boy, Cam’ron is back. Catch the Harlem rapper solo at Joe’s on Weed and throwback to early 2000’s hip-hop. It’s not all old-school, though. Cam’ron is fresh off the Dipset Forever tour with The Diplomats, who released Diplomatic Ties, their first album in 14 years, last November.
Details: January 26, 8 p.m. at Joe’s on Weed Street; $25-60
Kyle Thomas released three garage rocking records in his first decade as King Tuff. Yet 2018’s The Other saw Thomas expand his sound to tackle existential themes through a psychedelic lens. The result is more sonically diverse and just as fun as King Tuff’s earlier output.
Details: January 26, 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $26