November 28, 2023

Star Studded Lauryn Hill Tour, XXXTentacion Dies, Sir Paul Reveals New LP + More

Chicago Music

Kick off the week by checking out which music stories you missed with this week’s On the Radar.

Ms. Lauryn Hill reveals star-studded lineup for ‘Miseducation’ anniversary tour

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s iconic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. To celebrate, she will perform the record in its entirety on a North American tour. The trek kicks off July 5 in Virginia Beach and wraps up October 5 in St. Louis, MO. The tour will also feature a rotating cast of special support acts. Providing support for select performances are De La Soul, Big Boi, SZA, Nas, M.I.A., ASAP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, Santigold, Kelela, Shabazz Palaces, Talib Kweli, and Dave Chappelle just to name a few.

Tickets are on sale now. To see the all the tour dates and all the support acts, click here. Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival this summer. It all goes down July 20 – 22 at Chicago’s Grant Park. Get the full lineup and buy tickets here.

XXXTentacion dies after shooting at 20

Last week, rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed outside a South Florida shopping center on Monday (June 18). He was 20 years old. Police think the rapper may have been a victim of a drive-by shooting. According to reports, a Louis Vuitton bag was taken was from his vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two days later suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams was arrested and charged with first-degree murder of the rapper.

XXXTentacion (Jahseh Onfroy) grew popular thanks to his music on SoundCloud. He later signed a multi-million dollar record contract with Capitol Records. He released his debut album, 17, last year followed by his sophomore album, ?, six months later. The LP went straight to number 1 on the charts with his single “Sad!” peaking at number 7 on the Billboard 100.

He garnered plenty of controversy during his rise to fame. In 2016, he was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. He’s also faced charges relating to gun possession, robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. These issues made him one of the first musicians to get his music removed under Spotify’s Hateful Content Policy. His catalog was later reinstated.

Shortly after his death, the GoFundMe page set up by the rapper’s alleged assault victim received a flood of donations. The campaign is to help cover medical and hospital bills. Donate here.

Paul McCartney announces new album, ‘Egypt Station,’ and shares double A-side

Sir Paul McCartney is treating us to new music this year and he’s already given us a taste of what’s to come. Last week, McCartney shared the double A-side single featuring “I Don’t Know” and “Come On To Me,” which you can listen to above. Both songs come from his upcoming 17th solo album, Egypt Station, out September 7 via Capitol Records.

This marks McCartney’s first new album since 2013’s New. Speaking about the new LP, McCartney said in a statement “Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different location. It gave us some idea to base all the song around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.” Pre-order your copy here.

Upcoming Shows

You don’t want to miss Boom Bap – Open Mic at Subterranean on June 25. The night will feature sets from Clever One, Mic Logik & I. Deal, Vince Versa, Martell DB, and Tony Patagonia. Get tickets here.

Grammy-nominated hardcore band Code Orange hits up Bottom Lounge with Nicole Dollaganger, Twitching Tongues, and Vein on June 28. Get tickets here.

Troy Lanez brings his Memories Don’t Die tour to the House of Blues for two nights on July 1 and 2. Grab tickets here.

The legendary Neil Young plays two nights at the Auditorium Theatre. His June 30 show is sold out, but you can still get tickets for his July 1 show here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: GIRL K

You may have seen Chicago native Kathy Patino around the open mic circuit last year under the name Girl K. It began as her solo project and weeks before she released her solo debut, Sunflower Court, Girl K turned into a full band. Now the group features Jake Theimer (bass), Mike Wolz (guitar), and Tyler Pacheco (drums). They recently released their latest single, “Division Club” along with its quirky music video.

This new track has a sleepy, mellow sound that reminds you of early 90s alt-rock. The music is hypnotic and Patino’s relaxing vocals are enough to put you in a trace. Listen to it above. So far, there’s no word on whether or not this is from an upcoming album, but let’s hope there’s more music to come. Catch Girl K live at Subterranean with Hala, BOYO and The Hazy Seas on June 26. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter and check out their Bandcamp for more music.