Georgia Anne Muldrow, Bahamadia, Dudley Perkins, Kankick | the Shrine | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Dec. 5, 9 p.m. 2014

I couldn’t name a more mercurial and versatile talent in contemporary R&B than Georgia Anne Muldrow—she seems intent on reinventing herself with every new record. Hip-hop has always been a huge part of her austere, hard-hitting sound, and she’s calling her latest release, the digital-only Ms. One (SomeOthaShip), her “first rap EP.” She’s an adequate MC, with obvious verbal smarts, but the best parts are when she sings, letting her voice settle into the terse, soulful funk tracks (which she produced herself). To my ears she hasn’t yet topped her 2012 album Seeds, where producer Madlib mined his record collection to create a variety of classic-sounding soul and funk tracks. Muldrow fleshed them out with earthy melodies and environmentalist messages: the title track pleads for responsible stewardship of the earth, with an eye toward future generations (in this case “seeds” means babies too), and “The Birth of Petey Wheatstraw” posits natural childbirth as a way to embark on a thoughtful life practice. Coheadlining with Muldrow is Philadelphia MC Bahamadia, who hasn’t released a record in ages but whose tightly clenched style has still never been matched. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15, $175 for VIP

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