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Local Music Notebook: Chance the Rapper Cannot Speak

"Chance the Rapper has been released from the hospital and is now in Los Angeles resting after an on-going illness forced the cancellation of his second Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival set last weekend. He has since cut remaining shows through Sunday," BET reports.

"A now deleted statement tweeted out by his management team revealed the cause of the rapper's illness.

"Upon rising on Sunday morning, Chance was running a 104 degree fever and could not speak due to the inflammation of his throat. He was rushed to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital where he was put on an IV drip and medicines were introduced to help control his body temperature and pain caused by his illness," the statement read.

"Chance has since returned to his home in Los Angeles and is recovering. His doctors have come to the conclusion that this illness was caused by a combination of the flu virus and tonsillitis. Chance is due to see a specialist this week to determine whether or not surgery is required."

Hip-Hop Wired has a photo of Chance in his hospital bed.

CSO's DJ
"Mason Bates takes his audience on a journey from the confines of a dusty circuit board to the reaches of outer-space to a Detroit warehouse where techno was born," Kay Kemmet writes for the Sioux City Journal.

"He melds electronica with strings, brass and percussion for symphonies across the world but, by night, he steps behind a soundboard as a disc jockey.

"There is a way that those two musics interact that is absolutely incredible," Bates said.

Bates is a composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

"Mason Bates writes music that fuses innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz and the rhythms of techno," according to his CSO bio.

"Frequently performed by orchestras large and small, his symphonic music has been the first to receive widespread acceptance for its expanded palette of electronic sounds.

"Along with Anna Clyne, Bates was appointed by Music Director Riccardo Muti as one of Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Mead Composers-in-Residence beginning in the 2010/11 season for a term of two years. Muti then extended both Bates's and Clyne's terms through the 2014/15 season."

See also: MasonBates.com.

OK, Kaskade
"Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this," Billboard reports.

"The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer.

"Called 'The Spark Run,' each race will feature a mixed soundtrack and artist performances. Kaskade will headline select cities.

"Music evokes a lot of different emotions and triggers different senses," says Kaskade. "That's what got me interested in the Spark Run. I'm stoked to take various elements from my live shows, create new ones, and marry them into something as unique as this."

The inaugural Spark Run is set for May 9th in Denver, with subsequent runs scheduled in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago and Charlotte, NC. Featuring illuminated race courses, interactive light shows, and powerful sound systems, the events promise to offer full sensory experience.

Kaskade is Northbrook's very own Ryan Raddon.

See also: How [Kaskade] Became The $200,000-A-Night DJ Known As Kaskade.

Grim Reaping
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper, the revamped version of the cult '80s British metal act Grim Reaper led by singer Steve Grimmett, performed in the USA for the first time since 1987 on April 5 at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival at Reggies bar in Chicago," Blabbermouth reports.

Here's a taste:

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Posted on April 24, 2014


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