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10 rock shows to see this winter

The blues giant kicks off each year with a monthlong residency at his namesake club in the South Loop, and reaffirms his jaw-dropping skills as a guitarist, showman and vocalist.

9 p.m. Jan. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 at Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash Ave.; $55, $65; etix.com ()
The hip-hop collective joins forces for another tour that puts some of the finest MCs and hip-hop minds, including Raekwon, GZA and Ghostaface, onstage at the same time.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., $25, $100; ticketfly.com ()
The coed rock duo honed to dirty perfection, with skronking guitar, stray-cat vocals and an ornery drum machine.

8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine Ave., $24; etix.com ()
Two masters of R&B songwriting and showmanship make this a double bill that combines old-school soul and new-school cool.

8 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, $55, $65, $85; ticketmaster.com ()
After making a splash a few years ago with poetic songs and towering melodies, the singer-songwriter returns with “Tramp,” her debut for the esteemed Jagjaguwar label in February.

9 p.m. Feb. 16-17 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., $15 and $18; lincolnhallchicago.com ()
The Band’s drummer-vocalist holds regular “Midnight Rambles” at his Woodstock, N.Y., barn, with numerous guests, and he’ll bring that loose, Southern medicine-show vibe to Old Town’s annual fundraiser.

5:30 p.m. March 16-17 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., $250; oldtownschool.org ()
With their recent “El Camino,” Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney cement their status as rock’s pre-eminent power duo, and headline their biggest tour yet after a decadelong ascent from the clubs.

7:30 p.m. March 19 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., $39, $49, $54, $59; ticketmaster.com ()
Erika M. Anderson’s debut album, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” laid it all out -- a lacerating demonstration of brutally honest songwriting and whirlwind guitar playing that earned her a victory-lap tour.

10 p.m. March 10 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., $12; lincolnhallchicago.com ()
B.B. King is a commanding figure in music, with his mix of down-home congeniality and blues pathos, accompanied as ever by Lucille, his ultra-eloquent guitar. (Rick Diamond, Getty Images)
The quartet released a potent self-titled debut last year (my top album of 2011), and Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole are even better live.

9:30 p.m. April 5 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., $21; etix.com ()
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