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When: Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. 2016

Austin Fillmore wears his Chicago bona fides on his sleeve. In a video interview with hip-hop blog Illanoize back in March the rapper explains he took his stage name from the intersection where his first apartment was located, at Fillmore and Austin—that’s part of the Island, a postage-stamp-size neighborhood just southwest of Austin and north of Cicero. The neighborhood is geographically isolated, hence the name, and that sense of relative solitude is reflected in Austin Fillmore’s 2016 mixtape Hear & Now. Fillmore doesn’t make much of an attempt to bend toward the centers of gravity in Chicago hip-hop; the postdusk glimmer of Hear & Now contains both the exuberant highs of a night out with a confidante and the yearning lows of early-morning loneliness. But he still goes where he wants to go: the mixtape’s pinging percussion is rooted in countless popular rap songs, and his melodic rap-singing is increasingly in vogue. The timbre of his voice—alternatively fierce and tender—remains all his own, however, and when he nearly snarls on “5000,” a song about standing for who you are, the message feels necessary.

Leor Galil

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