The Cool Kids Reunite in Chicago just in time for the holidays


Red Bull Sound Select is proud to announce The Cool Kids will headline the December installment of the series. On December 14th, The Cool Kids preform at Thalia Hall with fellow Red Bull Sound Select acts Payroll Giovanni and Femdot. The show is 18+ and is only $3 with RSVP here:

Undoubtedly pioneering their retro-influenced sound “in the mid-aughts, The Cool Kids (Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks) took the country by storm, garnering significant press and sold out crowds. After a time apart, the group has reunited for the first time in years and this Sound Select show will be the first Chicago show from the duo in five years.

Joining The Cool Kids will be Detroit’s Payroll Giovanni of the heralded Doughboyz Cashout who’s Big Bossin’ Vol. 1 was recently given strong endorsements from Pitchfork and Complex, among others. Rounding out the night will be Femdot, a buzzing Chicago rapper who’s starting to get some national looks and shouldn’t be missed.



We’re on a quest for love with Mick Jenkins and Smino


Red Bull Sound Select Presents: A Quest for Love Tour with Mick Jenkins and Smino.  

It’s going down Thursday, October 20th at Thalia Hall (1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608) in Chicago’s beautiful Pilsen neighborhood.

Also on the bill are Chicago favorites Kweku Collins and Boi Jeanius

RSVP for $3

Mick Jenkins:

Mick Jenkins, is an American hip-hop recording artist born in Huntsville, Alabama but raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Jenkins is a member of Free Nation, a hip-hop group that promotes creative thought without accepting narrow views imposed by the powers that be.


We’re going to feel Good as Hell at the next Red Bull Sound Select!


Do a hair toss and check yo’ nails because Lizzo is coming to 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop and she is bringing Joey Purp and Jamila Woods with her. This Red Bull Sound Select show curated by Consequence of Sound goes down September 23rd at 8pm.

Click the RSVP link if you want to feel “Good as Hell”.








The party returns in August. Playboi Carti is coming.


Mark your calendars Red Bull Sound Select and Fake Shore Drive pair up again and return to Chicago’s Double Door August 25.  This time around they bringing A$AP Rocky’s latest protégé, Playboi Carti aka Cash Carti.  He’s the internet sensation behind Soundcloud bangers “Broke Boi” and “Fetti“.

Also on the bill are Twin Citie artist, Finding Novyon and Chicago’s Nina Tech.

The show is 18+ and is only $3 with RSVP.


Cutfest Chicago 2016 Is Coming! & DANJ Head-to-Head Battle


CUTFEST 2016 Chicago:
DANJ Head-to-Head DJ Battle / Skratcher Chicago One Year Anniversary

Thursday July 28th
Beauty Bar Chicago
1444 W Chicago Ave
$5, or FREE all night w/ RSVP to

Leading off our week of CUTFEST event programming, we’ve teamed up with Texas Scratch League & Skratcher Chicago to present the 1st ever DANJ head-to-head DJ battle!

Featuring a performance by Red Bull Thre3style Champ Big_Once, hosted by The Hip Hop Project, and some special surprises on-deck!

DJs will need to submit a 5 minute clip on YouTube showcasing their skills and selection. The top 8 DJs will get a chance to battle it out head-to-head live at Beauty Bar. The champ wins a gear package including products from Skratcher / Raiden, Texas Scratch League, 606 Records, DANJ, and a cash prize!

Email your submission to using the template below. Deadline is 7/19/16 (Tuesday)

Subject: (DJ Name Here)-DJs Are Not Jukeboxes H2H Entry

DJ Name:
Real Name:
YouTube Clip url:
Websites (Social Media/Personal):


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Open Mike Eagle Is Coming To Save Us All…


Red Bull Sound Select is an artist development program that works with the best curators in local music scenes to bring fans unique shows.  We are proud to announce on July 7th at Double Door Open Mike Eagle will headline our latest installment. Red Bull Sound Select acts Saba and the debut of Air Credits, the new project from The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck will also perform in support.

The show is 18+ and is only $3 with RSVP here:

At the risk of sounding too confident, we’re willing to put this all-Chicago lineup sonically against any of the shows you’ll see this year or next. Open Mike Eagle has skewed traditional rhymes to reflect his “art rap” style, combining that with a furious live show.  Saba is coming off of his guest role on Chance the Rapper’s “Angels” as well as his own stellar resume.  Not to be outdone, both The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck can stand on their own up there on stage, but their debut together? SHEESH. This is your chance to catch them on a “I saw them before they broke big” level.

Not familiar? Listen to their music below:


Air Credits:



For The Future Of Hip Hop Release Party With Killah Priest and Bryan Ford



Wu-tang Clan affiliate Killah Priest returns to Chicago to perform live with virtuoso producer Bryan Ford and his full band, including Chicago hip hop luminaries Pugs Atomz and Awdazcate, for the album release party celebrating the highly acclaimed release FOR THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP out now on Revolutonary Music

We’re also excited to have DJ Toltech, Chicago’s reigning DMC champion opening and closing the night. Toltech recently made it to the final 4 in the DMC battle for U.S. Supremacy in Los Angeles. Toltech is 2016 and 2015 DMC US Finalist, 2014 DMC Team USA (CTA), and the 2015 Battle Ave Cut2Cut Champ (Chicago)

Ages 21+ w/ID

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Turn it up! Red Bull Sound Select is Back @ Empty Bottle with METZ


The show is 21+ and is only $3 with RSVP here:

Red Bull Sound Select is back for June and this time they’re pulling out all the stops. They’re bringing out Ottawa’s noise rock outfit METZ. They’ve been cranking out solid tunes since their Sub Pop debut in 2012. And if you missed out on last year’s heralded album “II” go check it out. It is well worth your time.

Also joining the bill and not to be outdone are Atlanta’s Muuy Biien and Brett Naucke. They’re on a “I saw them before they broke big” level.

Rise + Shine by LIE | Chicago Truborn X New Amsterdam Vodka


RSVP-only, subject to capacity. Early arrival is suggested…

Rise + Shine is more than just a wake up mantra. Deconstructed, the phrase itself alludes to a way of life… a way of looking at the world head on and declaring ownership of ones experience. While “bad things” certainly do happen to “good”/all people, what separates the dreamers from the achievers is the reaction to said happenings.

Rise + Shine is an homage to waking up every morning, persevering beyond adversity, and most of all, the dedication and commitment required to become a master of your craft; a master of yourself.

• Original artwork from LIE + Lady Lucx
• Meet and greet with LIE
• Limited edition signed prints
• Opportunities to create and take home your own piece of street art
• Chicago inspired appetizers
• Complimentary cocktails featuring New Amsterdam Spirits / Vodka

Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em! Red Bull Sound Select @ Double Door [New Event]

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Summer is almost here & Red Bull Sound Select is proud to announce the May installment headlined by Soulja Boy! Join us May 19th at Double Door with supporting acts Bobby Raps (Minneapolis) and Chicago’s Warhol.SS performing. The show is 18+, and as always an RSVP gets you $3 entry! –>

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