This time out, Gossip Wolf is betting on Swearin' to play the 2014 Pitchfork festival.
This time out, Gossip Wolf is betting on Swearin' to play the 2014 Pitchfork festival. Credit: Courtesy Ground Control Touring

Last week the Pitchfork Music Festival made its first lineup announcement, revealing almost two dozen acts—including headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar. In January this wolf correctly predicted that Sun Kil Moon would end up on the bill, and now it’s time for a second round of guesses: Philly indie-rockers Swearin’, black-metal darlings Deafheaven, Smogless singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, and celestial folk outfit Mutual Benefit.

Gossip Wolf rides pretty hard for the swinging, bluesy stomp of Chicago duo Redgrave—their National Act EP was one of our favorites of 2012! Throughout 2014, drummer Stephen Howard and guitarist Angie Mead plan to release two digital singles via Lovitt Records every two months, till they’ve put out the ten songs that will appear on a late-year vinyl release. They’ve already posted initial offerings “Child” and “Manchild” on Soundcloud; Mead’s supersonic wail and Howard’s boogie beats are in ferocious form. Redgrave open for Dead Meadow at Double Door on Sat 3/1 and headline the Hideout on Fri 3/28.

Last fall artist Ethan D’Ercole (who also plays guitar in Mannequin Men) asked some comrades to contribute work with the theme “outdoors” for a show opening Fri 3/7 in the gallery at LivingRoom Realty. We don’t need reminding that the world outside our lair sucks it right now, but the show’s lineup of rock-scene artists—including Galactic Inmate guitarist and Gossip Wolf mascot daddy Keith Herzik, Basic Cable drummer Ryan Duggan, Eternals front man Damon Locks, and Reckless Records staffer Kate Ruggeri—is worth braving the elements for. D’Ercole promises “color, humor, and joie de vivre,” which sure sounds better than piles of peed-on snow!

Local eight-piece Sidewalk Chalk plays groovy hip-hop drenched in soul and funk, and on Tue 2/25 it drops its second album, Leaves—the release show is Fri 2/21 at Double Door.

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