When: Sat., Jan. 19, 10 p.m. 2013
Since launching with a Kickstarter campaign in late 2011, local boutique dance label Stripped & Chewed has developed a world-class vision of electronic music. Though it’s released tracks from buzzy European producers such as Alec Carlsson and Ridney, the most promising artist on its roster is Chicagoan Marea Stamper, aka the Black Madonna. The Kentucky transplant’s latest effort for Stripped & Chewed is a 12-inch single, “We Don’t Need No Music (Thank You Rahaan),” inspired by a YouTube clip of veteran local DJ Rahaan (who did the record’s B side) spinning at an underground party in 2004—at one point the music cut out unexpectedly, but the crowd were so enraptured they kept dancing anyway, and someone even started chanting “We don’t need no music.” Stamper samples that mantra for her song, tossing it atop a nimble, funky bass line, a sprinkling of sumptuous horn bursts, and a pulsing 4/4 beat with a strong disco swing. With its infectious energy, it can keep people on their feet, but it’s also meditative enough to let them cool off—it’s not a 1 AM banger but rather a track for a party that’s finally winding down as the sun comes up. —Leor Galil Justin Long headlines; the Black Madonna and Sevron open. The Black Madonna also headlines a midnight show at the Hideout later the same night; Studio Casual and Only Children open, and it’s $5.
Price: $13, $10 before midnight (or $5 with Smart Bar tweet or student ID)