Three Must-See Acts This Week

Open Mike Eagle on Thursday at Starline Social Club, Nana Adoja on Friday at the Independent, and Satori on Saturday at Public Works.



9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at Public Works. $15;

A Japanese Buddhist term for “sudden enlightenment,” Amsterdam’s otherworldly minded producer Satori fleshes out human emotion in his ambitious style of house and dance music, incorporating various organic elements into his production method. Born Djordje Petrovic, the producer grew up immersed in the sounds of Afrobeat, jazz, and Balkan music thanks to his family, inspiring Petrovic to teach himself the guitar at a young age, and later piano in his teens. Petrovic credits his lack of formal music education to his idiosyncratic and multifaceted sound, forcing himself to carve out his own melodies and rhythms naturally. On stage, Satori opts for more than your standard DJ setup, bringing multiple MIDI-keyboards and other instruments to create a densely layered, atmospheric sound that is intensified by Petrovic’s enchanting vocals. Like the sharp minds behind the onset of German krautrock, Satori brings a smooth improvisational element to his work, in which all of the parts come together for a hard-hitting resolution. 

Open Mike Eagle


Open Mike Eagle

8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at Starline Social Club. $15;

Detouring into socially conscious lyricism with a heavy dose of absurdism, Open Mike Eagle is a staple within underground rap circles and an instant favorite for those whose radar he may have initially slid under. Born Michael W. Eagle II, the sharp-tongued MC and comedian was born and raised in Chicago. Upon graduating from Southern Illinois University, he moved to Los Angeles to live with his father and soon became involved with rap collective Project Blowed, meeting fellow astute MCs Dumbfoundead and Psychosiz, who all formed the group Thirsty Fish in 2007. The title of Eagle’s 2010 debut solo album, Unapologetic Art Rap, is a dead-on description of what the listener is in for: a wholly self-aware dissection of hip-hop, scattered with brutally blunt political commentary and quirky mannerisms that keep the record exciting throughout its runtime. Eagle’s latest LP, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, is a woefully underrated hip-hop treasure from last fall that is a sober and heartfelt eulogy to his troubled childhood home in Chicago, adding a layer of subtle yet genuine humor that is unique to Eagle’s songwriting. 

Nana Adoja. Photo by Latoya van der Meeren


Nana Adoja

(with City of the Sun) 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at The Independent. $15;

Nana Adoja is a rising singer-songwriter from Amsterdam who has the special ability to tenderly put the listener in her world, dissecting her own identity and upbringing. The Dutch-Ghanaian musician grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Bijlmer, where she persevered through struggles after her parents divorced. Accepted into the prestigious Amsterdam Conservatory to study jazz, she soon realized that formal (and irritably strict) music education was not her forte, so Adoja thankfully opted to go down her own path and eventually recorded some long-brewing material. The results were two sibling EPs, Down at the Root (Part 1) and (Part 2), two woozy and hypnotic daydreams that double as a sincere reflection on Adoja’s identity, as well as a platform to spotlight Adoja’s keen songwriting talent. Adoja is currently prepping the release of her new EP A Tale So Familiar, and pre-released single “DOOA” hints at expansive production and sublime vocal treatment. 

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