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Chance the Rapper
Chancelor Bennett is just a few months out of his teens, so he’s only been at the game for a short time, forming his first hip-hop group as a freshman in high school. Acid Rap, his breakthrough mixtape under the moniker Chance the Rapper, feels like it’s spinning out of control at points, skidding at hyper speed across patches of blues, gospel, rock and everything in between. In the end, the way its huskily cartoon-voiced star manages to make sense of it all establishes him as an exciting new voice on the scene.
Yet another band needing “Xs” on their hand in rock clubs, it’s hard to say whether Twin Peaks sound like the best “battle of the bands” winner Chicago-area high schools have ever seen, or totally seasoned garage rock veterans.
Sad man with laptop makes 2013’s version of Bright Eyes breakout Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil…, cutting away any glitch-pop trimmings that could potentially interfere with the bleeding heart at the center. What’s left is a direct line of emotion from the maker to the listener.
Firsthand accounts of buzzy bands that you can brag to your friends about is something Northside strives to provide, but its primary goal is to allow those largely undiscovered an opportunity to become, well, discovered. If we had to put money on it, Brooklyn’s Spires is one of many (many) to watch, with a talent for 60s psych-rock revivalism that rivals Tame Impala and Ty Segall.