If you look closely, you can see Hide beat maker Seth Sher in the darkness and fog behind vocalist Heather Gabel. Credit: Nikki Sneakers

Gossip Wolf has been anticipating the debut album from Chicago gothic-industrial monsters Hide since first covering them in 2014, and according to the duo’s vocalist, Heather Gabel, they’ve been waiting almost as long: “We recorded Castration Anxiety in two weeks and then waited two years for it to come out,” she says. “But it’s been well worth the wait, since we’ve found the perfect home with Dais Records!” On Friday, March 23, the New York label releases the deliciously brutal LP, and that night the band celebrate at the Empty Bottle with openers Forced Into Femininity and Lilac (both including folks who played with Hide’s beat maker, Seth Sher, in Coughs) and a DJ set from Hogg.

It’s a downright dancy weekend at the Co-Prosperity Sphere. On Friday, March 23, producer Noleian Reusse (perhaps best known for his Black Tekno EP) performs as Africans With Mainframes at the Chicago premiere party for the documentary This Is Bate Bola. The creator of its soundtrack, Ben LaMar Gay, shares the bill in a quartet with Brazilian singer Dill Costa, drummer Carlos Pride, and synthesizer player Alex Inglizian. The next evening, dance-music pharaoh Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being) headlines a house-music night as part of a series called the Jackin’ Zone, organized by Potions and Chicago Jim; Red Tailed Hawk Luna opens.

New experimental tape label Reserve Matinee (founded by Uptown pals John Daniel, Jon Macintosh, and Michael Stumpf) dropped its first releases in February, and a second batch of four arrives on Monday, April 2. Gossip Wolf is especially taken with Smoke Signals by the anonymous Exhibitionist, which Daniel says mixes “samples of old lounge/jazz vinyl records and slowed-down jazz music and bar sounds from many nights spent at the Green Mill making field recordings.” Check out “The Big Stir” on Exhibitionist’s Soundcloud for an amazingly atmospheric taste!  v

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Correction: This story (specifically the second item) has been updated because Jamal Moss is no longer part of Africans With Mainframes.