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Tenacious D, Wynchester

Nov. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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773-275-6800

Fat Babies

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


With few exceptions, those practicing the sort of traditional jazz popularized in New Orleans and Chicago during the 20s and early 30s essentially believe and traffic in museum-grade preservation. They play for audiences living in time-travel fantasies, preferring to ignore the music made over the last 80 years as they seek Charleston partners. The members of Chicago’s Fat Babies might perform in shirtsleeves and neckties and meticulously record interpretations of the trad-jazz repertoire in glorious mono, but they also play music of other eras—whether it’s drummer Alex Hall working in the Flat Five or bassist Beau Sample storming through Jazz Manouche with Alfonso Ponticelli. The Fat Babies perform with such a vitality—never jacking up the pitch-perfect rhythm or playing postmodern games—that I don’t even see what they do as an act of reclamation. The ebullient polyphony and drive on their third album, Solid Gassuh (Delmark), is pure pleasure, a riot of motion and multilinear melody as banjoist Jake Sanders flails propulsive chords alongside the Baby Dodds-inspired rhythmic spill of Hall and Sample’s unerring pulse-and-harmony anchor. That leaves plenty of space for the raucous yet lyric playing of pianist Paul Asaro, reedists Jonathan Doyle and John Otto, trombonist Dave Bock, and cornetist Andy Schumm. While the occasional white-bread vocal might suggest a hokey costume party, there’s little to disrupt the spell these guys cast their long-running weekly residencies. 773-878-5552

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Rufus Du Sol, Cubicolor, Icarus

Wed., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown


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The Paper Machete

Open run: Wed 6:30 PM, Sat 3 PM
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


The "salon in a saloon." Comedians, writers, and storytellers discuss the week in pop culture and politics. 773-878-5552

Playboi Carti

Thu., Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown


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Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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Rezz, Chuuch, Boogie T

Fri., Nov. 16, 9 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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John Wojciechowski Quartet

Fri., Nov. 16, 9 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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Green Mill Quartet

Fridays, 1:30 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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Kiss Kiss Cabaret

Open run: Fri 10 PM
Uptown Underground 4707 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


The tone and pace are just right in this late-night burlesque show. Doubling as affable emcee Max Flattery, director Chris Biddle keeps the evening fresh with a rotating lineup of erotic dancers, campy acts, and nerdy comedians. Striptease routines satisfy a wide range of PG-13 fetishes, sometimes in unconventional ways. Teddy Bare's absinthe fairy number, for instance, incorporates modern dance elements not typically associated with the bump and grind. The result is an eclectic blend of steam, smart humor, and shtick. If Biddle and company can maintain momentum, Kiss Kiss Cabaret has what it takes to become a cheeky Chicago staple. —Dan Jakes 773-867-1946

Iggy Azalea

Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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canceled 773-561-9500 or 866-448-7849

Jazz Party with Sabertooth

Saturdays, 12 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio

Sundays, 11 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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Jack White, Nude Party

Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Patricia Barber Quartet

Mondays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


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El Tri, Interpuesto

Wed., Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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6lack, Summer Walker

Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Louis the Child

Fri., Nov. 23, 9 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Mac Miller, Thundercat

Mon., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Snails

Fri., Dec. 7, 9 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Muse

Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Greta Van Fleet

Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Kurt Vile & the Violators

Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Greensky Bluegrass

Dec. 28-31, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Galantis

Dec. 30-31, 9 p.m.
Aragon Ballroom 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Brother Osborne

Thu., Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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Dawes

Tue., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.
Riviera Theatre 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago Uptown

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