The cover of the new Beat Drun Juel seven-inch, with artwork by former Mannequin Men guitarist Ethan D'Ercole

The dark, haunting sound of Chicago band Beat Drun Juel reminds Gossip Wolf of Belly, PJ Harvey, and other 90s alt-rock classics from MTV’s Buzz Bin—never a bad thing! On Mon 7/20 they’ll release the seven-­inch “This Is How I Get Over You” b/w “That Boy Musta Stole Something of Mine,” their first new material since 2014’s stomping Off Your Face EP. Last week they posted the B side on Bandcamp, and this wolf can’t shake off the spell of its swirling, overdriven guitars! Monday night Beat Drun Juel play a free record-release show at the Empty Bottle with headliners Sleepy Kitty (and openers Bow & Spear and Beastii). The single features cover art by former Mannequin Men guitarist Ethan D’Ercole, and it’s limited to 100 copies.

Chicago garage-rock label Randy Records, run by Nathan Johnson of the Yolks, drops two LPs on Fri 7/17, and they’re both totally choice! Oregon pop outfit the Memories have filled Home Style with succinct slacker jams that sound a bit like Thee Oh Sees back when they had an early-80s UK DIY-scene vibe. And on Honey Coma local five-piece Uh Bones (one of Johnson’s other bands) play sweet, snotty R&B that has this wolf on a serious sugar rush.

It’s been a little more than a year since psych-pop wizard Shawn Rosenblatt released a Netherfriends full-length. (If you haven’t heard last year’s fantastic, woefully overlooked P3ACE, get on it!) But on Fri 7/17 he delivers Ladyfriends, which he calls a “stoner love album,” and from the sound of teaser singles “Seinfeld and Weed” and “I Need a Lady Friend,” it’s a doozy. Rosenblatt throws an unusual release party Friday at Canvas (2313 W. North), where he’ll play twice, performing P3ACE at 8 PM and Ladyfriends at 11 PM. In between, guests can check out his artwork while wearing wireless headsets tuned to one of three audio channels he’s created. Tickets are available at Canvas’s site:  v

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