Guilty Party
Guilty Party Credit: Courtesy of Parlour Tapes

Members of Chicago noise-rock squad Coughs, who broke up in 2006, have started half a dozen hot bands in the years since, but Gossip Wolf thinks Forced Into Femininity, led by former Coughs saxophonist Jail Flanagan, is the most challenging—and the most endearing. In March the group released Messiah of Evil on tape label Human Conduct, and it sounds like Klaus Nomi singing opera accompanied by malfunctioning cash registers. It’s awesome! FIF usually rock DIY spaces, but on Sat 5/18 they play Ultra Lounge, opening for local avant-rockers Redemer and San Francisco drag/glam/rock combo Moira Scar.

Gossip Wolf is a sucker for showmanship, so consider your lupine reporter intrigued by The Guilty Party, a fund-­raiser for new local contemporary-classical label Parlour Tapes. On Thu 5/16 attendees will gather in a secret location to solve the “murder” of Third Coast Percussion‘s Dave Skidmore while nibbling hors d’oeuvres and taking in performances from the likes of Doug Perkins, Katherine Young, and the Spek­tral Quartet. The money will help the label release its first two cassettes in October. Kyle Vegter of Parlour Tapes says only folks with advance tickets will be told the party’s location; they’re available till 6 PM the day of the event at

Late last year Heather Lynn of Pure Magical Love and Michael Perkins, aka Mr. 666, inherited Humboldt Park gallery Reversible Eye when the founders decamped to LA. They’ve been renovating the space, now called Templehead, and developing what they call Chicago’s “first ecoterrorist post apocalyptic radical feminist rock opera,” also called Templehead. Its cast of 12 female artists includes Sara Fagala of Yoko Homo and butoh dancer Holly Chernobyl, and considering Pure Magical Love‘s MO, we expect elaborate costumes and choreography. The opera runs Wed-Sun 5/15-5/19, and tickets can be had via the gallery’s website.

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