This Week In Chicago Music News: Chance The Rapper Everywhere, And More

By Justin Freeman in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 4, 2016 10:10PM

Once again, it’s been a busy week in Chicago for music. Ravinia announced their lineup, Black Lips headlined Empty Bottle’s Music Frozen Dancing block party, and Kanye is beefing with Deadmau5 over Kanye’s alleged piracy of music production software. Some other interesting things happened this week as well. Let’s talk about them.

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Chance the Rapper

Chance The Rapper Is Everywhere

It’s been another busy week for Chance. Earlier, it was announced that he is contributing to a mixtape for the musical Hamilton. Wednesday night Spike Lee called Chance a “fraud” during a panel discussion at Northwestern, and said that Chance's criticism of Chi-raq was a “punk-ass move.” It was also announced that Chance is headlining Power 92’s 15th anniversary show at Chicago Theatre next month. In addition to Chance, Katie Got Bandz, Lil Bibby, BJ The Chicago Kid, Dreezy, Famous Dex and Da Brat are scheduled to perform. The show is April 8 and tickets range from $50 to $100.

Last week, Chance also performed on Jimmy Kimmel with R&B singer Tinashe and UK producers Snakeships. Check out video of that below.

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Chief Keef And A$AP Rocky Hang Out With A Lamborghini

Last summer, Chief Keef released Bang 3, arguably his strongest work in years. One of the highest profile moments of that album was Keef’s collaboration with A$AP Rocky on the single “Superheroes.” It took awhile, but almost a year later Keef released a video for the song. In it, Keef and A$AP pretty much just hang out and dance in front of a Lamborghini with their crews while boasting about how successful they are. Check it out below.


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Local Footwork Crew Launches Label, Plans DJ Rashad Tribute Album

Last summer, we talked about how Teklife was about to launch a record label. This week, they finally did it. The local footworking crew announced its first release will be Afterlife—a tribute to the late DJ Rashad—that will come out April 8. The album is a series of collaborations between Rashad and members of Teklife, with some of the proceeds going to Rashad’s family.

An innovator of footwork and juke, DJ Rashad died in 2014 from a drug overdose. Before he passed away, Rashad co-produced a Danny Brown song called “Dubby.” Check out the video for that below.


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Dark Electro-Pop Trio Based In Chicago Drops A New Album Friday:

Somewhere in-between Siouxsie & the Banshees and CHVRCHES, My Gold Mask make pristinely dark electronic pop. Whether they’re stealing the show at Riot Fest or playing at a small club, they have a sense of decadent magnetism about them. It’s taken a few years, but their new album, Anxious Utopia is finally out today. To celebrate, they’re headlining a show at Lincoln Hall Saturday. Opening for them is the Milwaukee based synth-pop band GGOOLLDD—who pick up where “Heads Will Roll”-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs left off—and Fee Lion. Tickets are $12.

Check out the video for My Gold Mask’s “Dissipate” below.


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Fall Out Boy Loves Wrigley Field

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz revealed that he wants play at Wrigley Field one of these days. (In recent years, Wrigley Field has booked bands including Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney and Pearl Jam.) Since Fall Out Boy are arguably one of the biggest bands on the planet, so they probably have a decent shot at making Wentz's dream come true. And in the meantime, Fall Out Boy will play a sold-out show at the United Center next week.

Check out a stream of Fall Out Boy’s “Irresistible” below.