As near as Gossip Wolf can tell, the only thing predictable about Angel Marcloid’s hectic and eclectic electronic-music project Fire-Toolz is that its output will always be just as disorienting as it is fun. Last week Hausu Mountain dropped her new album, Skinless X-1, which combines Spock’s Beard-style prog rock, IDM ambience, nifty pop hooks, and blurry black-metal shredding—often on the same track! On Thursday, August 30, Marcloid celebrates with a release show that’s part of the Hideout’s monthly Resonance Series; also on the bill are Tiger Village and Lord Mute, the duo of Chicago producers Mukqs and J. Soliday.
Speaking of Fire-Toolz, Mukqs, and J. Soliday, they’ve all contributed to a new 40-track compilation released by local electronic- and noise-music website Groove Cafe—it’s called Aftermaths: Chicago Stands With Puerto Rico, and it came out as a digital download on August 17. Other contributors include Ono, Steve Hauschildt, Tiger Hatchery, Ariel Zetina, Brett Naucke, TALsounds, Blacker Face, and Jana Rush. According to Groove Cafe, sales of the comp will benefit ISER Caribe, a nonprofit that wants to help build a more sustainable Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Chicago rapper Angeline Gil, better known as Henny B, died in March, and the local hip-hop scene honors her on Monday, September 3, at North Bar (1637 W. North). Vic Spencer, Mic Terror, Gzus Piece, Nasim Williams, Freddie Old Soul, and Sisi Dior are among the performers scheduled to appear at her memorial, called Henny B Lives. The event is free, but donations are accepted—they’ll go straight to Henny B’s family.
On Sunday, September 2, local indie-rock four-piece Laverne will release their second album, II, via killer labels Dumpster Tapes and Midwest Action. They play a release show that night at the Empty Bottle; Brittany Campbell and Daymaker open. v
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