Concert Review + Photography: Sims and Cecil Otter at Bottom Lounge (Chicago)

Sims (Minneapolis, MN), Paper Tiger (Minneapolis, MN), Lazerbeak (Minneapolis, MN), Cecil Otter (Minneapolis, MN)
October 10th, 2011
Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois

Cecil Otter

Armed with his fellow Doomtree crew members, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger, Sims ended his first headlining tour successfully. Playing on the second floor of the West Loops, Bottom Lounge to an intimate crowd, Cecil Otter started the night. Cecil Otter and Paper Tiger started the show with the catchy and bouncy track, “Let Me Tell You”, where Grizzly Bear is sampled. He also played, favorites, “Rebel Yellow”, “Demon Girl”, “Sufficiently Breathless”. Cecil even we the crowds palette with a new track, “Little Mercy” from No Kings. He closed with an old favorite, “Rickety Bridge”.

(John: Cecil always seems at ease on stage, and makes it look effortless. “Let Me Tell You” always hooks you these days; a far flung re-imagining from Rebel Yellow‘s recorded version with the sample. Yet I whole-heartily approve of the new song he revealed to Chicagoland that night, which is classic Cecil with beats that just fit that streetwise roaming individual. What do I mean? More organic sounds, less synthetic or heavy beats. They’re as smooth and classy as a rosewood vinyl record player spinning wax.)

Cecil Otter

Paper Tiger

Cecil Otter and Paper Tiger

Cecil Otter

Cecil Otter and Paper Tiger

Lazerbeak  played a few instrumental tracks before Sims took the stage. Just watching Lazerbeak on stage as a producer he is like a wildcat devouring a broken legged hyena. This man is an intense machine. Sims performed mostly tracks from new album, Bad Time Zoo. Highlights included, “Weight” where he had the entire crowd shouting along with him. During “Burn It Down” he took to the center of the crowd. It may have been a small, intimate crowd, but they lacked no energy. Sims fed them plenty of energy, and got the crowds blood boiling. Sims gave all his energy for a happy, energetic crowd for his last tour performance. His raps, so tight and precise, the crowd couldn’t keep up with him. Sims also played “The Lighthouse” off his Wildlife EP. Towards the end of the night Cecil Otter joined Sims to perform a new track off the new crew album, No Kings, due out 11-22-2011.

(John: Agreed with Katia on Lazerbeak. Leading into him though was a few choice cuts off of Wugazi, Cecil Otter’s most recent project with Swiss Andy. Though slightly nervous due to the first headlining tour (hell, I’d be too), the entire mood was celebratory putting a conclusion on this fresh chapter of his career. Much of the night emphasized Bad Time Zoo, with “Good Times”, “The Veldt”, “Radio Opaque” and “Sink or Syncopate”. He even managed to dedicate a song to all the guys in the room, just to shake things up and “make you all feel uncomfortable.” The girls didn’t seem to mind one tiny bit, hanging on each of his lyrics. For the first headlining show I’ve seen, Sims did a stellar job shaking up the crowd enough to have them hands up at the end, bouncing to every Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak beat.)

Lazerbeak

Lazerbeak

Sims

Sims

Paper Tiger and Lazerbeak

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