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Win tickets to Closed Sessions' CIMMfest showcase featuring Blu & Exile

Posted By on 04.23.14 at 02:00 PM

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The sixth annual Chicago Independent Movies & Music Festival kicks off next Thursday, and it's got a killer live music lineup. There are plenty of shows that have piqued my interest, including local sound artist J.R. Robinson (aka Wrekmeister Harmonies) doing a live score for a 1922 European silent horror film called Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages; Tim Kinsella, Marvin Tate, and Leroy Bach performing tracks from an excellent 2013 LP that bears their name, with Willis Earl Beal opening for them; and on Fri 5/2 at the Double Door local hip-hop label Closed Sessions is hosting a showcase headlined by independent LA duo Blu & Exile, and colorful local MCs Alex Wiley and ShowYouSuck are opening it. If that last gig strikes your fancy you're in luck—we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show!

You need to do a bit of work to get into the show for free—you need to answer a few questions about the night's performers. To enter send your answers to cimmcontest@chicagoreader.com (not my e-mail) with "Blu & Exile" in the subject line and get them in by Friday at noon. The winner will be notified later that afternoon. Here are your questions:

*Blu and Exile had released music before pairing up, and together they've released two studio albums bearing only their names: 2007's Below the Heavens and 2012's Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them. They dropped plenty of other music between 2007 and 2012 even though they weren't working together on those releases—what are four studio albums either Blu or Exile made that came out between their two collaborative records?

*Alex Wiley is working on his second mixtape, Village Party, which shares its name with the collective he's a part of (the Village). Who are three other members of the Village?

*Yesterday ShowYouSuck released a song featuring electropop artist KSRA, and in it he says he likes to sip a certain beverage while relaxing—what's the name of that drink?

Good luck! And if you don't win you can still buy tickets to the show—it's $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and it kicks off at 9 PM.

Leor Galil writes about hip-hop every Wednesday.

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