The Modern Lovers founder was a midwife to New Wave, but in his subsequent, and long solo career, he’s become a worldly, wry tunesmith and elder statesman of the singer-songwriter set.
March 27 & 28—canceled
Gregory Porter and Ledisi
The reigning king of jazz baritones and the radiant R&B superstar twin their golden pipes for a limited ten-city tour. Fortunately, Chicago makes the cut.
March 27—rescheduled for June 7
The Tallest Man on Earth
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
Swedish folk-rocker Kristian Matsson had a prolific 2019, marked by a new album (“I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream”) and a beguiling NPR Tiny Desk concert. With this tour, his 2020 looks to be equally rewarding.
Aly Spaltro brings her singer-songwriter persona to town, so we can hear firsthand the poetic insights and dazzling wordplay of her songs. She’s turning out to be a spiritual heir to Leonard Cohen.
The venerable British band continues to raise the artistic bar. Tindersticks are in town to tour their latest, most unabashedly romantic (and sonically sensuous) album to date, “No Treasure But Hope.”
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.