5 concerts to see this week
Joey Bada$$ When it comes down to it, I believe NYC rap to be the epitome of the artform. Perhaps I say this because I grew up in an era when there was only hip-hop from the five boroughs, but you can't fuck with the birthplace. Which is what makes Joey Bada$$, the best young MC from the best neighborhood in the best city, the greatest new hope in hip-hop. "Unorthodox" is anything but, loaded with jazz loops, turntable scratching and enough stream of consciousness prose to turn a legal pad inky blue. If Earl Sweatshirt, his closest peer on the opposite coast, is taking notes from Ghostface and MF DOOM, then Bada$$ is reaching for Nas's crown. Bold claim, sure, but his upcoming label debut, B4.Da.$$, is being produced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Q-Tip, a murderers' row of icons that comes straight off the credits of Illmatic. Metro. Oct 24 at 6pm. $34, advance $29, VIP $60.
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Wild Belle Elliot Bergman's ripping tenor sax solos received a roar of approval from the crowd during Wild Belle's set at Lolla. The white suit–wearing locals craft breezy yacht pop, delivered with the patina of roots reggae. It was ideal in August; it'll be escapist this week. The sibling duo dropped its debut on Columbia, Isles, in March. Metro. Oct 26 at 9pm. $15.
Disclosure Arguably the breakout electronic pop act of the year (it had better be for these ticket prices), Disclosure returns to Chicago after pumping up the crowd at Lollapalooza. The band's debut, Settle, storms through killer house cut after killer house cut. It also serves as a sampler of some of England's best young female-fronted acts—Aluna George, London Grammar, Jessie Ware, etc. House of Blues. Oct 24 at 8pm. $35, advance $29.50.
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra The fall concert season in Chicago often feels like summer festivals redux. Or, you can think of these familiar bills as victory laps. Wild Belle, Disclosure and Unknown Mortal Orchestra served up some of my favorite and most unsung Lollapalooza sets. UMO's new sophomore LP, II, goes down smoothly, like an easy-drinking psych-rock brew poured with a thick head of soul. Fellow analog cock-rock fetishists Wolf People open. Lincoln Hall. Oct 21 at 8pm. $15.
Real Estate Real Estate has spent the past year working on its upcoming LP at a studio in Chicago. The Brooklyn-based jangle rockers will return to town on a short jaunt across the U.S. this fall, debuting tunes from the as-of-yet untitled album, which is scheduled for release in early 2014. I haven't heard the record yet, but I'm betting it's full of great guitar intros and heady hums. Lincoln Hall. Oct 23 at 9pm. $20.