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Music Top 5: August 2022

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1
EL TEN ELEVEN
(SPACE, Evanston)
Bassist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogerty are true outliers: an instrumental duo who have incrementally built a huge following for their highly melodic, irresistibly textured work, which comprises layers of looping and effects.
Aug 18

2
ELVIS COSTELLO WITH NICK LOWE
(Canal Shores Golf Course, Evanston)
Two of the most eloquent of the punk era’s angry young men reunite as sardonic old men, none the less compelling for it. (The last time they toured together was 1989.) Costello brings along The Imposters; Lowe is joined by Los Straitjackets.
Aug 5

3
GORAN IVANOVIC & FAREED HAQUE
(City Winery)
The Chicago-based, classically trained guitarists have embraced world rhythms as disparate as Latin and Balkan, with virtuosic flair. Their respective solo careers have kept them busy, so when they reunite, it’s a can’t-miss moment.
Aug 7

4
THE DECEMBERISTS
(Chicago Theatre)
The eccentric indie band—who often push their baroque ideas to the point of camp, and occasionally beyond—haven’t put out new music in years; this “Arise from the Bunkers” tour is enticingly teased as “re-emergence.” Yea or nay, it should be worth your time.
Aug 16

5
TV GIRL
(Thalia Hall)
The venerable indie-pop band has had a resurgence due to TikTok; their latest album, “Summer’s Over,” was released, appropriately, last fall, but its breezy, whistful mournfulness should be equally irresistible while the season still reigns.
Aug 16-17

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,” and 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.
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