Earl Sweatshirt + Vince Staples
Subway: Red to Addison$21
Event Info: (773) 549-4140 metrochicago.com
If Tyler, the Creator is the controversial figurehead of the Odd Future gang, Earl Sweatshirt is the reclusive savant. The young rapper disappeared just as the Los Angeles collective began to take off in 2010, only to reappear in 2012 with his relentlessly clever rhymes still intact. His major label debut, Doris, is a deeply personal record, largely abadoning the violent, gross-out verses favored by his cohorts. Like Frank Ocean before him, Earl is maturing into an artist with something to say.