5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: RAC, Big Thief, Daniel Johnston

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 05:21:17 PM. This week in live music includes indie sounds, a showcase of local talent and a farewell tour.

This week in live music includes indie sounds, a showcase of local talent and a farewell tour.

Friday, Oct. 13



3730 N. Clark St. 773-549-4140

Portuguese DJ André Allen Anjos has created music under the moniker RAC for the past ten years. He’s garnered acclaim for his remixes that take original tracks and transform them into new beasts subversive of their source genres. RAC, which is an acronym for Remix Artist Collective, travels to Chicago as part of his latest tour in support of his most recent album “Ego,” which dropped in July of this year. Among his remix repertoire are artists such as , New Order, Phoenix, and Odesza, which even earned him a Grammy nomination in 2016. $20. 8 p.m. 18+. Tickets:

Sunday, Oct. 15

Big Thief

Thalia Hall

1807 S. Allport St. 312-526-3851

With the release of its second album “Capacity” earlier this year, Brooklyn-based indie band Big Thief has received praise for the solemn beauty transmitted through its compositions. The group stops by Pilsen’s Thalia Hall for a unique “In the Round” performance with support from fellow Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Mega Bog. $17. 8:30 p.m., 17+. Tickets:

Monday, Oct. 16

Mykele Deville, Lovely Little Girls, Marcus, Longface

The Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600

For the hefty price of zero dollars, The Empty Bottle is providing a Monday night showcase of numerous local superb acts, including the eclectic and poetic emcee Mykele Deville, prog rock weirdos Lovely Little Girls, DIY-experimentalist Marcus and art rockers Longface. Chicago has proven itself to be a diversified cornucopia of music makers and there’s no reason to miss out on some of the sounds the city has to offer. Free. 9 p.m., 21+. More info:

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Beach Fossils, Snail Mail

Bottom Lounge

1375 W. Lake St. 312-666-6755

Brooklyn based Beach Fossils is the passion project of musician Dustin Payseur. What started as a solo project has evolved into a storied band that has maintained multiple lineups, sounds and themes. Beach Fossils’ first album in four years, “Somersault,” finds Payseur at his most nuanced and experimental with support from Rachel Goswell of shoegaze legends Slowdive and Memphis rapper Cities Aviv. Joining Beach Fossils is Snail Mail, the musical project of teenage Baltimore-based indie-rocker Lindsey Jordan. $18. 8 p.m., 17+. Tickets:

Wednesday, Oct. 18

Daniel Johnston

The Vic Theatre

3145 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-472-0449

Starting from humble beginnings in West Virginia, Daniel Johnston has gone on to become one of the most prominent figures in DIY music. His lyrics and musicality that cover everything from mental illness to love have famously affected numerous musicians across all genres, including Kurt Cobain, Lana Del Rey and Mac Miller. Since being diagnosed with schizophrenia and manic depression, performances from Johnston have been seldom seen. But—with the help of a few famous friends, including Jeff Tweedy of Wilco—the lo-fi legend stops by Chicago as part of his final tour. $45. 7:30 p.m. Tickets:

Efrain Dorado is a RedEye freelancer.

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