Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley in The Runaways
Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley in The Runaways

Interpol bassist Carlos D has announced his departure from the band. It’s been suggested that he’s leaving to focus on his “film career,” but word on the street is he’s going to dedicate his time to getting his Mexican ska band with Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, Torta Reform, off the ground.

Pint-size shredder Kaki King hit the town last week after her show at Park West, shakin’ it at FKA (Formerly Known As), the monthly dance party for trans folks and their friends.

Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel performed this past weekend in LA with a one-off all-star band featuring Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow and Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s. The show was a benefit for MusiCares, a musician-assistance charity in LA. Runaways front-woman-turned-chain-saw-artist-and-drug-counselor Cherie Currie joined them for a cover of “Cherry Bomb.”

This weekend LA bassist Nicole Fiorentino confirmed, writing in the third person on her MySpace page, that she’s joined Smashing Pumpkins. “She is keeping herself very busy these days in the studio with Billy and the rest of the pumpkins crew. She will also be performing live with band for any future tours/gigs.” This is not Fiorentino’s first stint in a Chicago band; she also did some time touring with Veruca Salt at the azz end of their run.

A limited-edition book of Def Leppard rehearsal and concert photos from 2009 by hard rock photog Ash Newell was recently released via the band’s Web site, featuring liner notes by the band. The first 250 copies of Shots From the Sparkle Tour Volume 2 feature autographs from all five band members, and run a measly $334 (including shipping and handling). Avoid eBay “hysteria” and get yours today!

Drone Go Away Mad: According to Gossip Wolf operatives who live in an underground teepee within the Chicago Deep Tunnel Project, DRMWPN leader Jim Dorling has holstered the long-form drone collective indefinitely. Our fair climes will not be lacking for Terry Riley-style one-note pot-haze blowouts, however—GLEAMING, featuring DRMWPN regulars Steve Krakow, Dan Mohr, Liz Payne, and Adam Vida, will play their first show at the Empty Bottle May 24.

Chicago filmmaker Jim Sikora is holding a “secret” fund-raiser for his new movie, I’ll Die Tomorrow, on June 5 at Viaduct Theatre, featuring musical performances by Jesus Lizard front man David Yow (who starred in Sikora’s 1994 film Walls of the City) and Pegboy. Plus Chicago’s own Michael Shannon, last seen chewing up the scenery as Kim Fowley in the Runaways biopic, will perform with Yow and members of Pegboy. Fans forking over the $20 ticket price will be featured in the film’s closing credits.

MP Shows, the primary booking entity behind the Bottom Lounge, will be splitting booking duties with soon-to-be-hired in-house staff, MP honcho Brian Peterson told Gossip Wolf. “I was self-financing Bottom Lounge shows since [before the club moved west] and will continue to still do shows there, just not as many. Chicago is a bit overwashed with clubs, shows, and bands, and Bottom Lounge is big,” Peterson wrote in an e-mail.