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()