Rapper Ajani Jones and producer Boathouse coheadline the upcoming Ruby Hornet showcase at the Empty Bottle. Credit: Jack Olevitch

Chicago hip-hop site Ruby Hornet hasn’t thrown a show in a few years, but the drought ends Wednesday, November 7, with a blowout at the Empty Bottle. Producer Boathouse and rapper Ajani Jones coheadline, performing new songs they’ve recorded together as well as solo material. Both artists release music through Closed Sessions, the label cofounded by DJ and writer Alex Fruchter (aka RTC), who bought Ruby Hornet last fall—he’d previously served as the site’s editor, but left in 2013 to focus on Closed Sessions. Colorful Milwaukee MC Lorde Fredd33 and Chicago rapper-crooner Jared Lanell open the show.

Gossip Wolf has a soft spot for tiny local indie-rock tape label Worry Records, whose roster includes charmers such as Rust Ring, Retirement Party, and Regular Oatmeal. This week Worry drops the debut of bass-free Chicago trio Mollow, the EP Small—its gritty, salt-of-the-earth emo is right at home in the Worry catalog. On Friday, November 2, Mollow headline Subterranean downstairs, with openers Sad Witches, Good Brother, and Bloodsport: the Movie, the Band (no relation to Jean-Claude Van Damme).

There are many ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday that honors departed loved ones with spirited partying—but the Calaveras y Palmeras bash on Friday, November 2, at Co-Prosperity Sphere promises a packed and percolating dance floor. Lumpen Radio and DJ collective Sonorama host, and they’ve booked megatalented deep-cut experts to spin vintage Latinx music, among them Sonido Gallo Negro‘s Julian Donk, Peace & Rhythm label cofounder DJ Bongohead, and DJ Garrincha of Tropical Diaspora Records. The event also includes seasonally appropriate face painting, an on-site marketplace, and food and drink from Marz Community Brewing and Sobremesa Supper Club—though the $10 admission fee doesn’t cover all that!  v

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