G-Side, Jams Dean, YP | Empty Bottle | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

G-Side, Jams Dean, YP Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Dec. 13, 9:30 p.m. 2011

When Pitchfork announced the lineup for last summer's edition of its annual Union Park soiree, one question resonated throughout the music blogosphere: "Who the fuck is G-Side?" Turns out they're a rap duo from Huntsville, Alabama, that lazy music journalists often describe as "kind of like OutKast." The comparison only covers a few basic commonalities: both groups are made up of two guys, both come from the south, and both appear to have broad musical tastes. But G-Side's new Island (Slow Motion Soundz), with its rolling, stoner-friendly synth-soul beats and stoner-­paranoid vision of street life, would fit better filed next to Freddie Gibbs. ST and Yung Clova lack Gibbs's singular menace, but they project such a posi attitude that I find myself rooting for them to succeed—it's gratifying to see them stir up so much buzz after their hot-fire Pitchfork performance. Judging by G-Side's recent collaboration with UK dance producer Sinden, an immensely funky single called "G Like Me," this show is gonna tear the roof off the place. —Miles Raymer Jams Dean and YP open.

Price: $8

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