Neighborhood: North CenterSound: Featuring DePaul and Northwestern alums, the 8-piece band (which features four singers, three of whom rap regularly) likes to say they play “Chicago funk love,” guitarist Chris Miller, 24, says. I’d say it’s a party-starting, lyrically playful jam session that undoes some of the damage that Owl City and Jason Mraz have done to wordplay.Influences: The Roots, Cody Chesnutt, Beastie BoysLive show: “Breathe when you can,” Miller notes, “because we don’t stop.” That means a lot of dancing and music playing even when someone from the group is addressing the audience. Claim to fame: Opening for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (and Dessa and K. Flay) at SXSW; having an interview with them picked up on Jay-Z’s Life and Times site; their self-titled album hitting the front page of Reddit, earning 100,000 plays overnight and support from as far as Paris and Australia; previously winning three battle-of-the-bands competitions
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