Show writeups by Peter Hahn, Brian Lendino and Tom Owens.

Ah, February. The shortest month of the year according to a calendar, and the longest month of the year according to everyone that lives in Chicago.

By the time MLK Day comes around and we’ve accepted that cold wind hitting your face each morning is a part of life, all we want is March 1st.

But then there’s this stupid block of 28 (or 29) days that shatters any dreams of winter being gone. And it goes really slow because nothing interesting happens after the Super Bowl.

In other words, Chicago concerts are here to save you from February hell.

Like we noted last month, artist tour schedules are filling up again after the holiday slumber. And that’s especially true with 2016 festival season quickly approaching, including Chicago’s main event, Lollapalooza.

Per usual, our February slate of Chicago concerts includes everything we’d go to if being responsible adults wasn’t important.

Plus, as you’ll see with our first entry, any shows that made us say “Oh shit, that guy is in town?”

2/2 – Kid Cudi @ Riviera Theatre

I wrote this about Cudi’s December 4th show at the Riviera for our December post, but that ended up being cancelled and ultimately rescheduled for…February 2nd.

To be honest, if this was 2009 I would be totally stoked to have the opportunity to check out Cudi at a place like Riviera. But it’s 2015, and Cudi’s music is essentially a hip hop graveyard that you only visit when you’re in the mood to remember the good times.

It shouldn’t go unnoticed that Cudi has a well-publicized beef with Chicago’s own Lupe Fiasco, so there’s a good chance you see some on-stage shots get fired from Cudi’s mic. I guess that’s cool.

So, if Kid Cudi is still your thing, head to the Riviera Theatre on December 3rd for an all ages concert that’ll run you $50 a ticket. $50 a ticket, you say? Wasn’t Cudi just in the Entourage Movie? This should be free.

All that, and probably a bit more, still stands. Shortly after cancelling his tour, Kid Cudi released album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven. 

It wasn’t good. But hey, if you’ve never seen him and need something to do that Tuesday, you could do worse.


2/4 – Keys N Krates @ Concord Music Hall

The live electronic trio from Toronto is touring after just releasing their latest EP, Midnite Mass, on January 15th. Early reviews are very positive, and previously released singles “I Know U” and “Save Me” have both taken off on Soundcloud.

Expect a full rendition of Midnite Mass, as well as last summer’s banger with Grandtheft, “Keep It 100.” The first wave of tickets already sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for just $25.

Sounds like a solid Thursday night in February to me.


2/6 – Alison Wonderland @ Concord Music Hall

Fresh off appearances at Mad Decent Boat Party and Holy Ship, the up and coming DJ/Producer is making a Chicago stop at Concord as a part of her Run tour. Alison Wonderland is labeled as one of Australia’s best DJ’s for her diverse musical prowess.

Don’t make judgements based on her small, sexy, blonde physique — this girl is the real deal and a true badass. The lead single from her debut album Run, ‘U Dont Know,’ received accolades from names such as Diplo and already has topped 3 million streams on Spotify. 

Naturally, tickets just sold out – but you could always go to Stubhub and splurge for around $70. We certainly wouldn’t blame you.

2/10 – Galantis @ Concord Music Hall

Yeah, you might have heard of these guys. The Swedish duo of Linus Eklow and Christian Karlsson (Miike Snow) have blown up since releasing debut studio album Pharmacy in June. They hit both Lollapalooza and Ultra last year and are slated at Governor’s Ball this summer.

Besides having a phenomenal name, you’d think Pharmacy is a best hits album instead of Galantis’ first. Seriously, from “Runaway (U & I)” and “Peanut Butter Jelly” to “Gold Dust,” “Firebird,” and “You” – the album has at least five mega-jams.

Tickets sold out a long time ago, but trust me – they’re easily worth paying up for.


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