In 2013, self-described “doom funk” septet Gramps the Vamp won the Reader‘s Best of Chicago audience poll for Best New Band, and it looks like y’all were on the right track. Gossip Wolf has somehow missed them completely—until now! Their self-titled 2014 debut album is full of spooky, sample-laden, Afrobeat-inflected grooves with a dark, cinematic vibe—they’d make a fine soundtrack for a scary sci-fi film full of nattily dressed actors fleeing for their lives. Gramps the Vamp celebrates a vinyl release of the LP on Tue 2/3 at Schubas with the Velvet Jimis and What It Do.
In spring 2013, not long before his death from cancer, Bruiser guitarist and Uptown Recording engineer Dan Stock organized the first annual Danstock concert to benefit melanoma research. Stock’s pals have kept the tradition going, and on Thu 2/5 Lincoln Hall hosts the third Danstock, featuring four bands (including alt-folkies the Way Down Wanderers and indie-pop act Workout Music), a silent auction, and more. Proceeds go to the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern. You can also donate at danstockbenefit.blogspot.com.
Gossip Wolf loves music no matter the format—vinyl, cassette, eight-track, even 78s. And fans of fragile old shellac records are in luck: at 1 PM on Sun 2/22 at Dark Matter’s Osmium Coffee Bar, Moritat guitarist-bassist Konstantin Jacé is throwing a 78 RPM party! He says he’ll put up some period decor and play killer 78s on Technics 1200s. Expect to hear rare Chess sides, early country, ethnic folk, and tunes from blues harpist (and recent Secret History of Chicago Music subject) Jazz Gillum. Plus, on Mon 2/9 at the Empty Bottle, you can see Moritat play a release show for their fantastic new art-pop EP, High Plus Tight.
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