From indie rock icons like Jeff Tweedy and Metric to up-and-coming female rappers CupcakKe and Leikeli47, there are plenty of reasons to spring forward into this week’s concert calendar.
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburgh psych-rockers Black Moth Super Rainbow return with their latest dose of anarchistic synth on Panic Blooms. Front man Tobacco and friends deliver disorienting experimental indie pop with vocals filtered through a vocoder. Their sound is like watching a colorful trip take a dark side; there’s a sense of horror that compels you not to look away.
Details: March 20, 8 p.m. at Sleeping Village; $20-22
Ready for a dose of Southern California sunshine? Catch The Mowglis opening for Jukebox the Ghost at the Metro. The cheerful alt-rock band is touring on their brand new EP, American Feelings. The album sees the six-piece tackling themes of isolation and communication in contemporary culture with their signature buoyant indie-pop attitude.
Details: March 20, 6:30 p.m. at Metro; $25-28
Hometown rapper Cupcakke doesn’t mince words. Elizabeth Eden Harris celebrates sexuality in explicit detail that recalls Lil’ Kim and Gangsta Boo. Yet beyond the risqué rhymes, Cupcakke addresses abuse, autism and body positivity.
Details: March 21, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $18-30
Toronto indie rockers Metric are co-headlining a tour with Mexico City psych band Zoé. Emily Haines and company bring their danceable synth-pop to Chicago in support of their seventh album, Art of Doubt. With earwormy offerings like “Gimme Sympathy” and “Combat Baby,” it’s no surprise that Metric still packs the dance floor after nearly two decades.
Details: March 22, 7 p.m. at Aragon Ballroom; $48.50-70
Set aside your assumptions about EDM and tag along on an ethereal dream with Big Wild.
Jackson Stell just released his debut LP, Superdream, and is embarking on a tour of the same name. With an upbeat, expansive sound, dreamy vocals and layers of instruments, Big Wild’s dream of pushing electronic music forward is a reality.
Details: March 22, 8 p.m. at Concord Music Hall; $20-25
Legends of Hip Hop
Hip hop nostalgia will be in full effect with Juvenile, Scarface, Too Short, DJ Quick, 8 Ball & MJG and Bun B sharing a bill. OG emcee Too Short dropped his first album in 1983, while relative young gun Juvenile was in his early twenties when he hit it big with “Back That Azz Up.” Kick it old-school and sing along to this entertaining lineup of ‘90s-era rap.
Details: March 22, 8 p.m. at UIC Pavilion; $52-75
After releasing several songs by the pair as “Digital 7-inches,” Chicago band Varsity completed their sophomore album Parallel Person in 2018. The quintet’s brand of indie rock ranges from floaty melodies to garage rock-esque guitar shredding. There’s a sunny nostalgia to Parallel Person that will have you looking forward to summer.
Details: March 22, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall; $12
Jeff Tweedy needs no introduction in this town. The Chicago icon behind bands like Uncle Tupelo and Wilco is touring behind his first album of original solo acoustic songs, 2018’s WARM. Enjoy an intimate evening of alt-country poetry from across Tweedy’s career and catch a preview from his forthcoming follow-up album, Warmer.
Details: March 22 and March 23, 8 p.m. at the Vic Theatre; $75
LA rapper Leikeli47 offers an effortless flow with a side of mystery. She appears with her face covered, allowing her performative freedom to take on different characters in her art. Her second album, Acrylic, pays tribute to nail salons in black communities with a sound inspired by house, bounce and trap.
Details: March 22, 7 p.m. at Subterranean; $20
Latin trap superstar Bad Bunny will light up the Allstate Arena with his X100Pre Tour. The Puerto Rican artist has leant his voice to chart-toppers like Drake’s “MIA” and Cardi B’s “I Like It.” Born Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, Bad Bunny’s Grammy nomination is just the beginning for this infectious voice.
Details: March 24, 7 p.m. at Allstate Arena; $109-512