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In a season crowded with great Chicago music, rapper-singer Jean Deaux drops a standout EP

Plus: Matt Baron of Future Hits returns to the stage with Young Man in a Hurry, and shoegaze five-piece Lightfoils finally deliver a new album.

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Jean Deaux released the EP Krash last month, and this week she performs atop the Virgin Hotel. - COURTESY THE ARTIST
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  • Jean Deaux released the EP Krash last month, and this week she performs atop the Virgin Hotel.

Last month singer, rapper, and songwriter Jean Deaux dropped the EP Krash, one of the best local releases in a season overwhelmed with great new Chicago music. Her minimal R&B beats, downy melodies, and serene singing ought to help you feel cozy throughout the long, cold winter ahead. Ever since the release of Krash, Gossip Wolf has been keeping an eye out for a local Deaux show, and this week one finally popped up: on Friday, November 16, she performs at the Virgin Hotel's rooftop bar, Cerise. Tickets are $10 in advance, and the music starts at 8 PM.

Local singer and guitarist Matt Baron is probably best known to Reader readers as the man behind kid-friendly educational rock powerhouse Future Hits, but he's been known to entertain adults too—for instance, he cofounded Coach House Sounds, a rad concert-video website and record label (sadly now on hiatus). Baron also has a newish band called Young Man in a Hurry (with Nick Harris, Meyer Horn, and Teddy Rankin-Parker), and he tells Gossip Wolf that their music "reimagines the lo-fi substantive sounds of our 80s and 90s youth in a kind of postmodern millennial seance." For the past year they've been working with producer Brian Deck on their debut album, which features top-notch guests such as Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart (both from Ohmme) and David Vandervelde. The album won't be out till next year, but on Friday, November 16, YMIAH play the Hungry Brain—their first show since September 2017.

Chicago shoegaze five-piece Lightfoils released their debut album, Hierarchy, in July 2014, but they've been quiet since then—until last month, that is, when they dropped a radio edit of the single "Summer Nights." If you want to hear that song in all its hypnotic glory—the original version runs more than eight minutes, compared to less than four for the edit—you can hear it on their second album, Chambers, which comes out Friday, November 16.  v

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