Chance the Rapper’s first mixtape, 10 Day, was named for the length of the high school suspension that kickstarted his rap career, the second, Acid Rap, for the twisted beats and revelatory verses that had critics and fans reaching for titles like “album of the year.” Whatever you want to call it, the tape is certainly special, bearing the influence of Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, filled with both moments of clarity and deep, hazy unease. Not six months ago he played in the middle of the bill of a lightly attended S.O.B.’s CMJ showcase, but tonight he’s headlining and the poorly shaped venue will be packed. Get your tickets—and your spot in front of the stage—early. With Dunson, Add-2, and Torae.

Thu., June 20, 9 p.m., 2013

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