The Wilco frontman assembles a band of Chicago rock royalty to launch his new album, “Love is The King / Live is The King,” a bonus-laden repackaging of his 2020 release “Love Is the King.”
The perennially preeminent jazz baritone and Chicago icon swings into the season with a holiday show; count on plenty of recalls from his 2017 album, “The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas.”
The powerhouse blues vocalist tours her 2020 album, “Uncivil War,” the pleas of which for community, civility and change are more urgent now than when she recorded them.
THE FLAT FOUR
The four-member vocal supergroup—comprised of Nora O’Connor, Kelly Hogan, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough—started as an annual holiday season event; and while their fluid harmonies and cheeky wit have expanded to the rest of the calendar, there’s something iconic about seeing them right now.
Pop-rocker Lili Trifilio’s band got us through the autumn with the driving infectiousness of their single, “Oxygen.” Now their international tour brings them in triumph to a hometown stage.
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.