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How The Poodle Grew Her Mane: Disco/Funk Band Emerging in Hip Hop Dominated City

How The Poodle Grew Her Mane: Disco/Funk Band Emerging in Hip Hop Dominated City

By Marlena Wadley

The vibration of drums thump against the walls, the bass bellows, and the sweet hymn of a piano slithers between your ears as the Chicago singer Poodle—née Sloane Crawford—gracefully struts down Chicago venue Subterranean’s spiral staircase, to start her Tuesday night set. Every step captures the beat of the music; the disco jerk in her body makes you want to dance, and the rasp and richness of her voice leaves you captivated.

Chicago has birthed big names in rap like Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Common, and now, many artists are moving to Chicago just to get a taste of the city’s success. A funk band emerging at a time where hip-hop is dominant in Chicago, Crawford’s band, The Ear Hustler’s Collective is the next iteration of the city’s music scene: A rebirth of funk, disco, and soul. Intuiting a groove à la...

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