When: Thu., July 11, 5:30 p.m. 2013
R&B singer Robin Thicke released the title track from his forthcoming sixth album, Blurred Lines (Interscope/Star Trak), on the same March day that pop superstar Justin Timberlake dropped his third full-length, The 20/20 Experience, but despite some expertly engineered Timberlake fever, Thicke has bested him on the Billboard charts: “Blurred Lines” has spent weeks at number one on the Hot 100, while Timberlake has hit number two at best. Its video became a viral sensation—the NSFW version surrounds Thicke and his collaborators on the track, Pharrell Williams and T.I., with strutting female models wearing only tiny person-colored underpants—and its funky, catchy, stripped-down groove is so irresistibly fun that it’s persuaded at least a few folks to let go of their misgivings about the sexual politics of its lyrics. Thicke has since released a couple more singles: the newer “Give It 2 U” combines an attention-getting Kendrick Lamar cameo with a brostep-meets-disco beat, but I prefer “For the Rest of My Life.” Thicke is at his best when the track stays out of the way of his butter-smooth voice, and this one’s sparse and gentle, with flutes, strings, and percussion that give him plenty of room to let loose. —Leor Galil This show is part of Taste of Chicago. Estelle opens. $25 concert seating sold out.