Thurston Moore Presents New Noise Guitar Explorations
The Art Institute feels like a fitting venue for Thurston Moore’s new extended instrumental compositions. The Sonic Youth founder will take the stage on a 12-string electric guitar joined by longtime collaborators James Sedwards on 12-string electric guitar and Steve Shelley on drums.
Details: November 10, 8:30 p.m. at The Art Institute of Chicago; $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
The Dirty Projectors are bringing a new live lineup to Sleeping Village for a three-night residency. The band is embarking on their first full tour in five years in support of their eighth album, Lamp Lit Prose. While their eponymous previous effort wallowed in founder Dave Longstreth’s separation from former bandmate and girlfriend Amber Coffman, Lamp Lit Prose is a return to the Dirty Projectors’ trademark lively harmonies and experimental arrangements.
Details: November 11-13, 9 p.m. nightly; $35.
Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers with Lucy Dacus
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus teamed up this year to form a singer-songwriter supergroup. Recording under the name “boygenius,” they released a six-song EP that seamlessly blends their styles to eloquent effect. Their moniker combats the convention that women in indie rock are all the same, as their live collaboration is sure to do.
Details: November 12 and 13, 7:15 p.m. nightly at Thalia Hall; $25-45.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Elvis Costello heads to Chicago fresh off the release of his first new album in five years. Look Now is his first album with The Imposters in a decade, an uptown pop record that looks ahead rather than back on his storied 30-year career.
Details: November 14, 8 p.m. at The Vic; $88.50-153.50.
YouTuber-turned-R&B artist Queen Naija shocked the charts when her breakout single “Medicine” debuted at #45. With a five-song EP for Capitol Records and collaboration with the likes of No I.D., the Detroit native is just the shot in the arm that R&B needed.
Details: November 14, 7 p.m. at Metro; $21-26.
Chicago native R.O.E. (Rising Over Envy) returns to his hometown with a new album, Better Late Than Never. Vibe on thoughtful indie hip-hop influenced by ‘90s emcees and infused with soul.
Details: November 14, 8 p.m. at Schuba’s; $10.
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with Songs of the Free. The Grammy Award-winning choir’s powerful voices and energetic drumming will fill the Chicago Symphony Center for a two-part performance of African gospel music and international gospel classics, including “Amazing Grace” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Details: November 16, 8 p.m. at Chicago Symphony Center; $9-65.
The University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel is a glorious setting to celebrate Low’s 25th anniversary. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s latest album, Double Negative, deconstructs their signature harmonies and minimal arrangements with haunting, atmospheric effect. Low’s slowcore will soar in the Gothic Revival chapel.
Details: November 16, 7:30 p.m. at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel; $25 general admission, $11 for students.
Americana queen Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 roll into a two-night residency at Thalia Hall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her hit album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. Proceeds from the concerts will benefit the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, celebrating its 40th year.
Details: November 16, 8 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $67-200.
The Sea and Cake
The Sea and Cake bring Any Day, their first album in six years, to an intimate show at the Empty Bottle. The Chicago post-rock icons continue delivering skillfully layered, jazz-influenced pop songs that are deceptively simple in their charm.
Details: November 17, 7 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $18-20.