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Stage Buzz: Matt Maltese, The 69 Eyes, Steve Hackett, Bad Bunny

| March 25, 2024

Matt Maltese

Bad Bunny is known as the “King of Latin Trap” and after taking a few years to explore and expand his sound, he’s returning to his Latin Trap roots on latest album Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana. Get ready for night full of dancing when the rapper performs three nights at the United Center starting March 28th through March 30th at 8 PM. Don’t miss out, get tickets here.

New wave pioneer Adam Ant has always marched to the beat of his own drum. His flamboyant style, tongue-in-cheek songs, and larger-than-life stage presence made him stand out from his fellow New Wave peers. Now, the man responsible for hits like “Goody Two Shoes,” “Stand and Deliver,” and “Ant Music” will bring his memorable show to the Auditorium Theatre on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 PM. Tickets are available here.

Finnish rockers The 69 Eyes are proof that goth rock isn’t dead. For the past 30 years, the band has grown from local Helsinki favorites to worldwide gothic icons. Mixing goth with glam rock, sleaze, and metal, their music is exciting, dangerous, and sexy. In support of their latest album, Death of Darkness, The 69 Eyes will play Reggie’s Rock Club on Saturday, March 30th, at 7:30 PM. Find tickets here.

London-based singer/songwriter Matt Maltese is “touring just to tour” in the wake of his fourth studio album, Driving Just To Drive. You may recognize his sweeping vocals from his 2017 sleeper hit “As the World Caves In”, a satirical, apocalyptic ballad that had an explosive (no pun intended) viral run in 2021. New and old fans alike can expect plenty of the dreamy indie rock and chamber pop that has become his signature, bolstered by storytelling full of existentialism, wit, and fiercely relatable nostalgia. His sold-out show at House of Blues Chicago is this Friday, March 29. (- Aubrey Vernon)

As a member of Genesis during its progressive/art rock era, Steve Hackett’s atmospheric guitar playing influenced many on the left side of the dial and also reached as high as Eddie Van Halen. Although he stepped down from the group at the precipice of its commercial pop peak, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer never slowed down throughout his solo career, and he is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of a crucial (Genesis) and acclaimed album, Foxtrot. Friday, March 29, at Copernicus Center. (-Andy Argyrakis)

If you prefer dance music with hard-driving beats, aggressive drops, and lots of noise, look no further than Combichrist. The industrial metal band makes music fit for a dance party during the apocalypse. This year, they return with CMBCRST, their first new album in five years, and yes, they’re still heavy as hell. Hear new tracks and old favorites when the band plays Distro Music Hall in Berwyn, IL, on Saturday, March 30. You can still grab tickets here.

– Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

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