NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The lord of catharsis and loss tours his stunning new album, “Skeleton Tree,” recorded in the wake of personal tragedy.
The hip-hop superstar veers his 2017 tour home for a night on one of the Chicago area’s favorite summer stages.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Never has a music-industry money machine so credibly and consistently conveyed zero-fucks-to-give.
June 30 and July 1
In the nineties, the Lemonheads’ suave front man was as famous for his face as for his voice. Both have held up disarmingly well.
The rhythm-and-bayou-blues troubadour’s voice has gained in texture, depth and sheer hair-raising gorgeousness.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.