DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Recording artist Erykah Badu spins during the GREY GOOSE lounge series at Super Bowl hosted by Erykah Badu at the GREY GOOSE Lounge on February 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE) *** Local Caption *** Erykah Badu
LO DOWN LORETTA BROWN
Like many music stars, R&B singer Erykah Badu got her start spinning records as a DJ. One of her first monikers as an up-and-comer in Dallas was MC Apples. Now an established icon, Badu returns to her roots as a DJ, waxing nostalgic with lots of wax and calling herself Lo Down Loretta Brown. Zebo, Jon Huang and Eric Williams open at 10 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Mid, 306 N. Halsted. Tickets: $22.50. Call (312) 265-3990; themidchicago.com. — Thomas Conner
Despite their rain-out at this year’s Lollapalooza, Chicagoans have had several opportunities to hear 2012’s buzziest retro-soul band — including two more this weekend. They start with their own headlining show — of which they are most worthy, even as crisply new as they are — before joining the bill of WXRT’s second Big Holiday Concert with Everest and co-headliner Band of Horses.
— At 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine. Tickets: $29.50. Call (800) 514-ETIX; jamusa.com.
— At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets: $50. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com. — T.C.
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The Chicago pop-rock bandreleases a new single, “Starting to Change,” on Dec. 4, and that day they also launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the five-year-old local band’s next record. It’s not just about them, though: For every $100 toward their funding goal, the band will pledge an hour of community service. Hear the new tune(s) live later in the week. Chaperone and Seventeen Sisters open at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. Tickets: $8. Call (773) 281-4444; beatkitchen.com. — T.C.