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Kero Kero Bonito, Tanukichan

Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-526-3851

Lucinda Williams

Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry Benefit 312-526-3851

Northside Southpaws

Fridays, 7 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S. Racine, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-226-7427

The Tallest Man on Earth

Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 18, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-526-3851

jazz improv session

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Cafe Mestizo 1646 W. 18th St., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-421-5920

Fat Babies

Sundays, 8 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S. Racine, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


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. 312-226-7427

John Maus, Death Valley

Mon., Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Dead South

Mon., Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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J.D. McPherson

Fri., Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Draco Rosa

Tue., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Kimbra

Wed., Dec. 5, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Preoccupations, Protomartyr

Thu., Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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The Oh Hellos

Wed., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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William Elliott Whitmore

Thu., Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Cloud Nothings, Courtneys

Fri., Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Bomba Estereo

Dec. 15-16, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Cat Power, WIllis Earl Beal

Thu., Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Noname

Dec. 29-31, 6 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Tue., Jan. 15, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Rebirth Brass Band

Fri., Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Soft Moon

Thu., Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Fri., Jan. 25, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Sharon Van Etten

Feb. 14-15, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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