Chicago’s Music Preview: August

Photo courtesy of A. Alexander.

Most of the music world will focus its attention on Lollapalooza this weekend in Grant Park. But don’t sleep on August, it’s a great month for concerts in Chicago. Don’t believe us? Check out our August preview.

Catch ‘Em While They’re In Town

For the better part of the last decade Pennsylvania native Matthew Paul Miller, performing under his Hebrew name Matisyahu, has gained international praise for creating a unique blend of tunes that combine his traditional Jewish roots, reggae rhythms and old fashioned American rock and roll. A frequent Chicago performer, Matisyahu has climbed his way up through the city’s club scene and returns this month to play one of our city’s largest venues, the Congress Theater. Catch him on August 7th. This all ages show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets range between $19.99 and $24.50.

Fundamental member of the hip hop collective the Wu Tang Clan RZA is breaking away from the gang and heading out on a solo U.S. tour. The Grammy-winning rapper/producer hits Chicago’s Double Door on August 11. Tickets range from $22 to $25 and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Double Door is a 21+ club.

After the tragic passing of his longtime MC partner Eyedea last year, Rhymesayers Entertainment artist DJ Abilities is getting back on the road and spinning a set at Empty Bottle on August 27. The show starts at 8 p.m. but be advised to get there early as this is a free show. Empty Bottle is a 21+ club.

Indiana-based Murder By Death make the trip across state lines and play a show at the Metro on August 25. The well revered quintet takes a dark approach to the alt-country rock genre. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18. This one is 18+.

While you likely know him as the charmingly maniacal Dr. House on the character’s namesake show, English actor Hugh Laurie can also be seen fronting his blues band, aptly named Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band. Check them out August 21 at Park West. Tickets to this 18+ show are $45.

Go Local

Hot on the heals of Chicago’s arguably most popular instrumental rock act Pelican, is another local band that satisfies most heavy rock palettes. Though they’re also devoid of a vocalist, Russian Circles speak through their aggressive delves into sludgy, sweltering breakdowns. The band plays an 18+ show at Lincoln Park hotspot Lincoln Hall on August 23. Tickets are $15 and music starts at 9 p.m.

The Lawrence Arms are a synonymous with punk rock at both the local and national levels but singer guitarist Chris McCaughan shows his softer side while performing under the moniker Sundowner. He’s released two full length albums of bluesy, sometimes whimsical acoustic jams as a solo artist. He’ll hit the stage at the Beat Kitchen on Friday August 3 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12. You must be 17 years or older to attend this show.

Two of Chicago’s hot, up-and-coming acts are celebrating new releases this month. Blistering instrumental rockers An Aesthetic Anaesthetic celebrate the release of Names at Schubas Tavern on August 21 and Save the Clocktower, a poppy four piece with a psychedelic edge, play the Double Door on August 10 in light of their sophomore album Through the Glass.

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