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Music notes: Bobby Bare Jr. plays Schuba's

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  • Alt-country artist Bobby Bare Jr. will perform on Wednesday, April 23, at Schuba's in Chicago next week.

    Alt-country artist Bobby Bare Jr. will perform on Wednesday, April 23, at Schuba's in Chicago next week.
    courtesy of Joshua black Wilkins


Rapid-fire rap
Chicago-born hip-hop artist Twista is known for his dizzyingly fast vocal delivery, a style of rap sometimes referred to as "chopper." Twista has enjoyed success both on his own and as a contributor to records from other rappers, like fellow Chicago native Kanye West. Twista will perform songs from throughout his career this weekend in the suburbs.
10 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $20. Go to

Renaissance man
As annoying as it can be to admit, some people are really good at more than one thing. Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Kevin Costner will appear in St. Charles next week -- as a musician. He'll be fronting his country-rock band, Kevin Costner & Modern West.
7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $49. Go to

Bare returns
In a just world, a talent like Bobby Bare Jr. would be selling boatloads of records and playing big arenas. But then it would be harder to get to one of his scorching live shows, right? Bare has just released his latest record, "Undefeated," on the local Bloodshot Records label. Bare pulls from the realms of pure country (his father is legendary country artist Bobby Bare) and pure rock 'n' roll, but then he mixes it all up into a sound all his own. He's a fantastic live performer and he always seems to kick things up a notch when he plays Chicago. Next week's show will be preceded by a screening of "Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost)," a documentary about his life as a musician.
6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Schuba's Tavern, 2159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $15. Go to

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