Reviews: Chance The Rapper, Hozier, Milk Carton Kids, Tori Kelly, Janet Jackson

Today’s collections of concert reviews includes Chance The Rapper in St. Pete, Fla., Hozier in Auckland, New Zealand, The Milk Carton Kids in St. Louis, Mo., Tori Kelly in Milwaukee, Wis., and Janet Jackson’s first of three nights in Chicago, Ill.

Chance The Rapper @ Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 5 – “‘I got the Chicago blues,’ Chance said, stepping into the courtyard to the hazy soul of ‘Everybody’s Something,’ before lurching to life on ‘Pusha Man,’ skittering and stutter-stepping across the stage, and leaping into jumping jacks like he was Tommy friggin’ Tune.” – Jay Cridlin/Tampa Bay Times/

Hozier @ Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Nov. 5 – “Performing in New Zealand for the first time, Hozier stomped his foot into the carpet that lined the stage as he ripped into his guitar, getting the crowd’s hands in the air for the upbeat rock pop of Jackie and Wilson. During ‘From Eden,’ the song morphed into upbeat mariachi, before making way for a charming cello solo.” – Rachel Bache/New Zealand Herald

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Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, Ariz.

The Milk Carton Kids @ Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 4 – “They kept the mood light with friendly banter throughout, and they closed out the evening by thanking their audience for their support. Their concluding Pink Floyd tribute ‘Wish You Were Here’ let the crowd know they’ll be gone a while, but they look forward to getting back and playing for St. Louis again soon.” – Richard Moriarty/Riverfront Times

Tori Kelly @ Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 2 – “Whatever emotion a song called for, Kelly embodied it with a powerhouse voice, but one where technique came second to authentic expression.” – Piet Levy/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Janet Jackson @ Chicago Theatre in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 3 – “Unlike Madonna’s hot-sauce concerts, which tinker endlessly with arrangements of old favorites and always push her latest material, Jackson served comfort food. She performed only five Unbreakable songs, but they did assume strategic purpose, providing a framework for a show that was all about celebration, with one exception.” – Greg Kot/Chicago Tribune