Let’s hear it for the girls! The ladies are dominating Chicago’s music calendar this week, including Santigold, Jessica Pratt and Lissie.
Iceage’s fourth album, Beyondless, is full of surprises. The Danish post-punk act channels their typical angst and energy through strings, horns, and pop influences. Case in point – the hardcore band’s collaboration with pop star Sky Ferreira. These risks result in a sound that’s more nuanced and confident than ever.
Details: May 7, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $17
A listen to Santigold’s self-titled debut album reveals her influence on music in the decade since. Her funky fusion of electro-pop and hip hop set the stage for eclectic experimentation that resonates on today’s charts. Enjoy her debut album in full, along with tracks from 2018’s I Don’t Want.
Details: May 8, 8 p.m. at the Vic Theatre; $41-46
The Old Town School of Folk isn’t the most obvious venue for punk rock pioneers Television. The New York City quartet started infusing the raw energy of punk with the experimental arts attitude of their late 1970s scene. Don’t miss Richard Hell and the boys piercing this intimate venue with the ambling riffs of “Marquee Moon.”
Details: May 10, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Old Town School of Folk Music; $43-45
Snag a ticket to see Last Dinosaurs on their entirely sold out first U.S. tour. The Australian quartet has gained a following over three albums with an indie-rock sound that recalls aughts-era acts like Phoenix and the Strokes. Last Dinosaurs are touring in support of their smart and danceable new album, Yumeno Garden.
Details: May 10 and May 11, 7 p.m. at Beat Kitchen; $10
My Brightest Diamond
Shara Nova is a troubadour of experimental pop, indie rock and classical music. After being classically trained in opera and composition, she began recording as My Brightest Diamond in 2006. Her 2018 album, A Million and One, sees the sometime collaborator of Laurie Anderson and Sufjan Stevens leaning into electro-pop.
Details: May 9, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $17-20
You’re going to want to listen closely; Jessica Pratt’s indie-folk melodies are known to make an entire bar go quiet. The LA artist’s contemplative third album, Quiet Signs, is indeed a reverie worth quieting down for.
Details: May 10, 9 p.m. at Sleeping Village; $15
Follow the journey of English immigrants to New York in the 1960s with Leon Vynehall’s new concept album, Nothing Is Still. The dance music producer traces the story of his grandparents’ migration with the help of three jazz musicians. Synths, piano and upright bass help bring this personal soundtrack of Vynehall’s roots to life.
Details: May 10, 10 p.m. at Smartbar; $12
Good things are growing for Lissie. The artsy singer-songwriter recently added farmer to her resume after purchasing a farm in Iowa. She’s also nurtured a new album called When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, retooling her greatest songs and covering Fleetwood Mac and the Dixie Chicks.
Details: May 10, 7 p.m. at Space; $26-75
The Dandy Warhols
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the freewheeling Dandy Warhols. The beloved Portland outfit continues to make trippy alternative rock that gains dedicated followers from all generations. Take a trip down memory lane and rock out with their brand new record, Why You So Crazy.
Details: May 11, 7:30 p.m. at Metro; $25-30
Ice Nine Kills
Have you ever wanted to scream along with a horror movie soundtrack? Enter Boston metalcore band Ice Nine Kills and their conceptual album The Silver Scream. The album features thirteen songs paying tribute to different horror movies in a style that’s a little bit glam rock and a lot of pop-punk.
Details: May 12, 4:30 p.m. at House of Blues; $29.50-35