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Stage Buzz: Clown Core, Trouble at Heavy Chicago, The 1975

| October 23, 2023


Trouble appears at Heavy Chicago on Saturday, October 28.


It’s hard to describe exactly what Clown Core is. The avant-garde duo is comprised of two mysterious musicians, speculated to be Louis Cole and Sam Gendel, whose music is an eclectic blend of funk, jazz, electronica, synth, metal, and lots of clown horns. You can experience this oddball duo yourself when they play the Metro on Thursday, October 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here.

25 years ago, Ms. Lauryn Hill released her groundbreaking album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which would have a massive impact on her career and music at large. Featuring hits like “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “Everything Is Everything,” and “Ex-Factor,” the album is still widely regarded by fans and critics alike. Now, Ms. Lauryn Hill celebrates this iconic record with a 25th-anniversary performance with special guest Fugees. Catch the show on Saturday, October 28, at United Center at 7:30 PM. You can still get tickets here.

Chicago’s newest music venue, Avondale Music Hall, will be hosting its inaugural heavy metal festival, Heavy Chicago, over the course of two weekends. Headlining the festival on Saturday, October 28, is Chicago’s beloved doom pioneers Trouble, which will be extra special as this will be the band’s first hometown show in five years.

“We are extremely excited to kick off the first inaugural Heavy Chicago Fest,” Trouble guitarist Rick Wartell told IE last month. “Chicago is our hometown, so it’s always great to play here, and we know the fans will come out to support the scene. We’re really encouraging everyone to participate in all three days to make the festival as successful as possible.”

Also slated for opening night are San Francisco doom/stoner metal band Acid King, Madison, Wisconsin’s stoner rock band Bongzilla, and Chicago doom metal veterans November’s Doom, topping off opening weekend with killer local representation. Get tickets here. Package tickets are also available.

“The bill is incredible, and the promoters have put a lot of work into curating an amazing experience for the fans and bands alike,” Wartell says. “Knowing some of the bands personally, we know it’s going to be a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing some bands we haven’t had the chance to perform yet. We’re also looking forward to seeing our fans and friends and putting on a really great performance.” (-Kelley Simms)

The 1975 are not shy about pushing boundaries and causing a commotion. From their provocative lyrics to the wild stage antics of frontman Matt Healy, the band knows how to push buttons. You never know what to expect next from the band. See what they get up to this Sunday, October 29, when they perform at Allstate Arena in Rosemont with special guest Dora Jar. Get tickets here.

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