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Greg Kot

Top concerts of 2015: Sleater-Kinney, Courtney Barnett, Chance the Rapper

Top concerts of 2015: Sleater-Kinney, Courtney Barnett, Chance the Rapper

As we prepare to roll into a new concert season, here are my favorite shows from 2015:

Courtney Barnett, July 19 at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park: The singer-guitarist released her debut album just a few months earlier, but she's been gigging for years on the Australian bar scene. So unlike many newcomers on a big festival stage, Barnett looked right at home, leading her trio through a ferocious set. She delivered witty, cutting, sharply detailed lyrics in a deadpan voice, rising to a roar when she sang, "Don't put me on a pedestal, I'll only disappoint you." But even more impressive was her sheets-of-sound...

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