DJ Scary Lady Sarah on the mike Credit: Zach Share

DJ Scary Lady Sarah has been hosting her Nocturna dance party for ages—it’s been the place to scream and be seen for local fans of goth, industrial, and darkwave since Gossip Wolf was a wee pup. These days it’s held roughly every other month at Metro, and the party on Saturday, June 9, is also Nocturna’s 30th anniversary. Holy hairspray! It sounds like leather pants won’t be the only thing wrinkled in that crowd. Anyway, apart from the usual mopey-yet-banging dance-floor jams, the celebration will include a GlitterGuts photo booth, a live set from gothic cabaret goofball Aurelio Voltaire, and a preview of a forthcoming book on Nocturna’s history called Thirty Years of Nights. Here’s to 30 more!

Chicago has a metric shit-ton of music festivals, but despite that deluge Gossip Wolf will always pull for new fests run by local indies. On Sunday, June 10, Rad Fake Productions and What’s for Breakfast Records team up for What’s for Brek-Fest at the Emporium arcade bar in Wicker Park. The 13 bands on the bill include Chicago darkwave trio Staring Problem, scuzzy local punks the Bombats, and Missouri power-pop outfit Mouton. The festival is free to attend and starts at 1 PM.

On Thursday, June 7, local psychedelic disco group Shuttle Run headline the Empty Bottle to celebrate their dreamy new album, All These Lights. Dark Matter Coffee’s musical wing, Press Pot Recordings, is releasing a cassette version of the album, paired with the roaster’s June version of its Datura Inoxia coffee blend.

The Brasstax crew and Greg #Feelgood have been throwing monthly dance parties at the Whistler for years, and on Saturday, June 9, they’ll bring their flawless crate logic to Sleeping Village for a back-to-back DJ set. The $5 cover charge benefits youth-advocacy nonprofit Thrive Chicago. Also on the decks are Kyle Woods and King Marie (in another back-to-back set) and Brookah. Should be legendary!  v

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