LA rapper Kendrick Lamar has the internet abuzz after claiming to be the King of New York. Whether he actually controls both coasts, we respect his humility. Even Big Sean knows that Soundboard is the King of Chicago. Twitpic your reaction to that. Also, go to these shows this weekend. That’s a royal edict.
Tonight at Pritzker, drummer Dana Hall leads an octet that performs the music of the late pianist and composer Andrew Hill—Hall chose more than 20 compositions that span Hill’s entire career. Chicago house DJ Tevo Howard spins at Berlin, Best of Chicago winner the Humminbird plays at Comfort Station, and Wintersun headlines at House of Blues. Tonight and tomorrow, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs the complete score from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at Ravinia.
Also Friday, a Bill Ward-less Black Sabbath plays at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Angel Olsen headlines at Lincoln Hall, and the David Boykin Expanse comes to Constellation. Saturday, Dwight Twilley plays an in-store at Reckless Records on Milwaukee in the afternoon and stops by Reggie’s Rock Club with openers Pezband at night, while Constellation hosts the NRG Ensemble. Rounding out the weekend on Sunday, eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs at Ravinia and Xenia Rubinos plays at the Empty Bottle.
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Chicago Summerdance tonight features Uruguayan bandoneon master Raul Jaurena, whose most recent album, Fuerza Milonguera, Peter Margasak praises for its range. The New York-based bandleader blends traditional sounds with the sophistication of Astor Piazzolla’s nuevo tango and even reaches into milonga, a genre developed in Uruguay and Argentina in the late 19th century.
Despite Chimaira’s many lineup changes—front man Mark Hunter is the only member left from the band’s founding in 1998 and no one else in the current crew joined before 2009—the group “remains strictly disciplined” on its new album, Crown of Phantoms, writes Monica Kendrick. “The tracks are all relatively concise, no-nonsense curb stompings, crowned by Hunter’s eldritch gurgle.” Plus, who knows how much longer you have to see this version of Chimaira live?
Everyone knows by now that Chicago hip-hop extends far beyond the drill scene, and Probcause is partly to thank for that. The Evanston native’s new mixtape, The Recipe Volume 2, showcases the rapper’s flexibility, writes Leor Galil, delving into sleek dance pop, lackadaisical boom-bap, and even sensuous neosoul. ShowYouSuck and Chandler London open.
Jimmy Eat World may never return to the fame they stumbled upon with “The Middle,” the rock-radio staple they released in 2001 after being dropped by Capitol, but their newest album, Damage, continues to prove that they can be relied upon to produce sweet, sincere pop-rock, writes Leor Galil. “Byebyelove” in particular evokes the great sweeping guitar of Clarity‘s “Goodbye Sky Harbor.”