Crusty local trio Bones play seriously scalding death metal full of jagged bits of punk, which must be how they lost all their skin and meat and stuff! All kidding aside, these three veterans of Chicago metal institution Usurper are about to drop their second album, Sons of Sleaze, via Planet Metal, and this wolf has heard the advance track “Maggots” on YouTube—Bones are up to their empty eye sockets in blistering riffs and spiritual warfare. On Sun 11/17, they play a record-release show at Reggie’s Rock Club; the first 50 people to preorder the CD from Planet Metal get a free patch.

A few months after self-releasing the album Fast Hits, avant-rocker John Bellows is saying farewell to Chicago. “Chicago was good for my 20s,” he tells Gossip Wolf. “But now I feel like I just want some separation from city congestion.” Bellows is heading to an island dairy farm in Washington State, but before that he’s recording his first “real live studio album” with members of Wishgift, Hunt Hunt Hunt Camp, and Health & Beauty. On Tue 11/19 Bellows plays at the Burlington as part of this year’s Nite­trotter Fest, and on Mon 11/25 at the Peanut Gallery film distributor Dikarya screens and releases a VHS of Bellows short films, skits, and shows. Bellows plans to wrap up an “angry bass album” this winter, which he wrote to prove he could be “as abrasive as any other Chicago art-rock band.”

Fake Limbs singer Stephen Sowley tells Gossip Wolf that his band’s second LP, The Power of Patrician Upbringing, was meant to be a concept album about Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Fair enough—he ruled. Because of “breakdowns, life actions, and hubris,” the band abandoned the idea, but their brawny mid-90s-style Touch and Go noise-rock still kicks ass. Fake Limbs will have a special silk-screened pressing of the LP when they play the Hideout on Fri 11/15; the regular version can be preordered from local label BLVD and arrives in stores mid-December.

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