10 Must-See Music Events in Chicago This Week

Two Words: Mariah Carey

Cass McCombs. Photo by Silvia Gav/Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR

This week’s concert calendar is full of standout moments, from album releases by Girl K and Oozing Wound to Mariah Carey and and Gary Clark Jr. at the Chicago Theatre.

Mariah Carey/Photo courtesy of Livenation PR

Mariah Carey
There’s a diva in the house! Multi-platinum chanteuse Mariah Carey brings her “Caution” world tour to the Chicago Theatre. Expect Mimi to feature songs from her 2018 album of the same name as well as hits from across her career.
Details: March 11, 8 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre; $175-1,050

Vince Staples
L.A. emcee Vince Staples presents the second leg of his “Smile, You’re on Camera” tour. Staples delivers rapid-fire rhymes with ease, sharing stories of his life growing up in Long Beach. Arrive early to witness the raw energy of Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA.
Details: March 12, 8:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre; $35-135

Kilo Kish
Artist, singer and songwriter Lakisha Kimberly Robinson opens for Wet as Kilo Kish. Robinson offers a soulful edge to experimental synth music. Her unique sound has made Kilo Kish a favorite of collaborators like Vince Staples and Childish Gambino.
Details: March 12, 6:30 p.m. at Subterranean; $30

Photo courtesy of Kilo Kish/Facebook

Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks kicks off their latest tour in their hometown in support of 2018’s ‘17 Singles at Goose Island Beer’s 312 Day. The album developed as the garage rockers released a new single every month. Hope for a preview of the band’s latest project that reportedly just wrapped.
Details: March 12, 8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $16-20

Gary Clark Jr.
Texas guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will shred on the Chicago Theater stage. His newly released album This Land transitions from his blues-based style into rock, reggae, and R&B territory. The LP’s lead single “This Land” takes on bigotry with the fire of Jimi Hendrix incarnate.
Details: March 15, 8 p.m. at the Chicago Theatre; $198.50-268.50

Gary Clark Jr./Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Girl K
Chicago indie rock quartet Girl K celebrates the release of their second album, For Now. Frontwoman Kathy Patino crafts melancholy dream-pop that floats on breezy melodies that will envelop Schubas.
Details: March 15, 9 p.m. at Schubas; $10-13

The Infamous Stringdusters
Bluegrass icons the Infamous Stringdusters bring their ninth album Rise Sun to the Vic stage. Jam along with the Grammy-winning quintet’s array of influences from country, to funk, to jazz. Rise Sun brings a 1970s rock aesthetic to the band’s canon of freewheeling Americana.
Details: March 16, 8 p.m. at the Vic Theatre; $18.75-25

Cass McCombs
California native Cass McCombs serves up inspiration from his home state on his latest release, Tip of the Sphere. Channeling influences from the Grateful Dead and Laurel Canyon-era folk, the singer-songwriter leads a dynamic lyrical journey.
Details: March 16, 9 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $20

The Wandering Boys/Photo by Benjamin Miles/Courtesy of Facebook

Oozing Wound
Local thrashers Oozing Wound will celebrate the release of their latest album, High Anxiety. The trio infuse noise rock with their typical humor on tracks like “Tween Shitbag” and “Surrounded By Fucking Idiots.” A little bit metal and a little bit prog, the album features elements like flute and woodwinds, in keeping with the band’s expectedly unexpected aesthetic.
Details: March 16, 8:30 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $10

Chicago HonkyTonk Presents Decoy Prayer Meeting & Wandering Boys
Spend your Sunday two-steppin’ courtesy of Chicago HonkyTonk. Decoy Prayer Meeting kicks things off with honky tonk originals and covers from the 1940s through ‘70s. The Wandering Boys headline with plucky strings and four-part harmonies.
Details: March 17, 12-5 p.m. at Empty Bottle; free