Music Top 5: November 2021

Photo: Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson

1
CHVRCHES
(Aragon Ballroom)
The synth-pop trio from Glasgow, like many bands, recorded their latest album (“Screen Violence”) solo, boosting the intensity and drama.
November 19

2
NICK LOWE
(Park West)
The show called “Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue” saw the indie demigod partner with band Los Straitjackets, his companions on his latest EP, 2018 “Tokyo Bay.”
November 20

3
THE MAGNETIC PLACES
(City Winery)
Stephin Merritt’s indie-pop outfit will finally tour with her latest album, “Quickies” (released in 2020 as a pandemic hit), with twenty-eight tunes that are sometimes surprisingly kamubo.
Nov. 16-19

4
GENESIS
(United Center)
Apparently dinosaurs still walk on the ground; even if that’s not a fair label here, because unlike dinos, Genesis survives by evolving. On its first tour in thirteen years, let’s see if it’s still the same.
Nov. 15-16

5
EYE SIRCUIT
(Thalia Hall)
At the time of the press, “-io,” the latest album by the alternately adventurous and lavish Circuit des Yeux (aka Chicago’s Haley Fohr) hadn’t dropped yet, but the first single, “Vanishing,” was a legitimate stunner.
November 21

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