If I told you Kids These Days has played Lollapalooza, SXSW, opened for Snoop Dogg, and is opening for J. Cole and Big Sean next week, and then told you how old these kids actually are, you would be amazed. I know they get a lot of hype over being so young, but none of them are even old enough to drink in a bar and they have already accomplished what some bands only dream of. Chicago based Kids These Days has been turning a lot of heads, and rightfully so. With genre-bending sounds that I classify as Jazz/Hip-Hip/Soul, these kids are making a splash not only on the Chicago music scene, but on the national one as well.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching Kids These Days perform for the 3rd time. I first saw the group at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago about a year ago and they had already been drawing a decent amount of hype. You can imagine, then, that I was jumping at the chance to take my friends to the free concert and enlighten them to the upbeat-yet-so-chill sounds. Despite the poor acoustics in the Apple Store (not really set up to be a concert hall), the set was everything I hoped it would be. With a decent sized crowd filling the Apple Store, Kids These Days rocked out to all their best songs, including “My Days” and “Darling,” as well as introducing some new stuff to the audience. After duly impressing all my friends, they closed out their set with the audience’s hands waving in the air. Stage presence, check. Great music making ability, check. Super talent, double check. Look for more from these kids, because I don’t think they are going to be staying local for long. Check out their tribute to Common’s “Be” and the music video for “Darling” below. If you like what you hear, you can buy their Hard Times EP from iTunes here.