by Drew Hunt
The Common- and Rhymefest-curated Aahh! Fest is today at Union Park, and the lineup is stacked: Jay Electronica, De La Soul, and MC Lyte join Chicago heavyweights Lupe Fiasco and Lil Herb, and none other than Dave Chappelle hosts. There's also a yet-to-be-announced "very special surprise guest." Please, Yeezus, let it be someone good.
This weekend West Town on Grand between Damen and Wood turns into a live version of HGTV; for the fifth year local home and garden designers and design enthusiasts gather for Design Harvest. Marvel at handcrafted examples of the latest design trends from places like Dock 6, Glassbaby, and Urban Source while enjoying live tunes from the Hideout-curated music stage.
Los Angeles garage-rockers Wand play Empty Bottle. "Front man Cory Hanson—who's played with [Ty] Segall bandmate Mikal Cronin and makes electronic pop under the name White—is Wand's ace in the hole, cutting through the corrosive grime of distorted guitars with fragile, insinuating, subtly sweet vocals that recall primo Syd Barrett," writes Peter Margasak in Soundboard.
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