Gossip Wolf was fond of prowling (and dancing) at Logan Square 4 AM bar the Owl even before it started hosting free rock shows in its ample back room—and in the past month alone it’s booked a slew of local acts worth hooting about, including Bloodiest, Basic Cable, and Bitchin Bajas. On Wed 6/12, legendary New York psych-groove outfit Silver Apples will play a rare live set, and the Owl has painted up a batch of cool silver plastic apples to serve as invites and dropped them off at record stores, including Reckless in Wicker Park, Permanent, Logan Hardware, and Saki. The free show is first come, first served when doors open at 11 PM, but the apples guarantee admission to hard “core” fans.
On Thu 6/6 the Hideout hosts the second annual Chicago Film Archives Media Mixer, which showcases collaborations between filmmakers and musicians; this year it premieres work from Cauleen Smith and the Eternals, Jesse McLean and Sich Mang, and Alexander Stewart and Sam Prekop. WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy emcees, Bobby Conn & Monica Boubou perform, and the Reader‘s Peter Margasak DJs. Plus there’s a raffle—prizes include Pitchfork tickets, a lifetime subscription to Roctober, and a $100 Dusty Groove gift certificate. The mixer kicks off at 8 PM and costs $15.
This wolf is obsessing over Bootie Noir, the schizo new pop album from DIY punk Nnamdi Ogbonnaya—he plays in Love of Everything, My Dad, and about a half dozen other groups. Ogbonnaya tells Gossip Wolf his movie-watching habits inspired it: “I watch Spanglish a lot, and I like romantic comedies and dumb shit like that.” His list of collaborators includes Bobby Burg (Love of Everything), Nate Kinsella (Birthmark), Dave Reminick (Paper Mice), Dave Davison (Maps & Atlases), and Alicia Walter (Oshwa), who sings on the summer jam “Ice Cream (Banana Split).” The 20-track album is $5 from Bandcamp at bit.ly/b-noir.
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