Bil Vermette
Bil Vermette Credit: Deb McNichols

Gossip Wolf first heard about synth maven Bil Vermette and his Tangerine Dreamy 1984 private-press LP, Katha Visions, in 2010 from the Secret History of Chicago Music, Steve Krakow‘s regular Reader feature. We finally got to hear the long-out-of-print record in December, when Permanent Records and Krakow’s Galactic Archive label (a collaboration with Logan Hardware) re­issued it in a snazzy edition of 300—and it transported us across the solar system. Vermette will celebrate with a solo set at the Owl on Sun 1/19; also on the bill are Brett Naucke, who hopes to have copies of a new 45 called Transparency (on Catholic Tapes/Notes & Bolts), and Kraut­rock crush groovers Cave, who leave for a South American tour the next day.

Last week at the United Center, businessman and Samsung fan Jay Z brought a woman from the crowd onstage and gave her the mike—the same woman he’d singled out that way on his Blueprint 3 tour in 2010. This time 19-year-old Monique Burrell, aka local MC MoBo the Great, didn’t just freestyle for Hova—she also gave his head of security her number. But she’s not just sitting by the phone: she’s dropping a single this week, and she tells Gossip Wolf that she wants to release her mixtape Fuck the Public before spring. She’s not stuck on that time frame, though: “This situation changed our marketing and everything,” she says.

On Tue 1/21, Chicago doom merchants Indian release From All Purity (Relapse), their first full-length since 2011. Judging by two teaser tracks on Bandcamp, “Directional” and “Rhetoric of No,” Indian haven’t mellowed: their filthy outpourings of bleak, crushing heaviness will destroy your spiritual well-being as surely as your eardrums. It rules! From All Purity will be released on CD, on green vinyl, and on “beer yellow” vinyl (the latter for a mail-order run of 300). Indian don’t have any U.S. dates scheduled, but they play Dutch festival Roadburn in April.

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