When: Wed., Dec. 14, 9 p.m. 2016
In what has become a tradition for shows curated by Chicago hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive for Red Bull Sound Select, the big-name headlining act is supported by locals on the precipice of landing their own headlining gigs. (Full disclosure: I host a Chicago-centric show for Red Bull Music Academy Radio.) The fact that the Cool Kids, who recently reunited to work on a full-length called Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe, are tonight’s main event should be more than enough to convince folks to file in early, but opener Femdot provides extra incentive. Across three EPs self-released this year—April’s Fo(u)r., July’s Thr(we)., and November’s To(u).—the 21-year-old MC displays an advanced understanding of his abilities, limitations, and style, his nuanced emotive touch affecting tracks like a fistful of lit firecrackers. His forceful flow and grip of life’s bittersweet twists help him glide through the autobiographical “Soul,” delivering lines with aplomb while the journey through his past and present marinates—he encourages listeners to wonder about the things left unsaid.
Price: $10, $3 with RSVP