Jen Dot's ​Emo Grrrls

Gossip Wolf is a longtime fan of local weirdo bubblegum punks Swimsuit Addition because their jams are so damn tight, but lead singer and guitarist Jen Dot has also branched out into the visual arts. In January, Dot fired up a comics—centric virtual zine called Disappearing Media that includes work from Razorcake columnist Ben Snakepit as well as tarot expert and self-described “500 year old witch” Erica Walker Adams, plus three of Dot’s own comic strips, including The Political Class, Glass Rooms, and our total favorite, Emo Grrrls, whose protagonists she describes as “emotional teenagers who navigate their lives in a numb world by making friends, enemies, and genre-defying art.”

Chicago-based dance label Clear launched in February 2015, and though it’s released just a handful of records since then, on Friday, February 19 it adds another 12-inch to the pile. The Cypher EP by local techno misfits Dar Embarks, aka Kenneth Zawacki and Dan Jugel (who also collaborates with Beau Wanzer in Juzer), is the duo’s first release since their 2014 debut, the double 12-inch Fleer. This Wolf digs all four songs on Cypher, especially the intergalactic circus thump of “Barrel Rider.”

Chicago underground-pop maestro Richard Album drops an album on Thursday, February 18, called Richard Goes Cold. Gossip Wolf is a fan of Album’s sweetly sick tunes and 80s-flavored synths, and his fondness for groan—inducing wordplay helps too—his backing band is called “the Singles,” for starters. On his previous release, Saturday Night Album (issued by Athletic Tapes in November), Album delivers his lovey—dovey songs with enough enthusiasm to make their chintzy sounds sparkle. Come for the sprightly bounce of opener “Who R U,” stay for the cover of Luther Vandross’s “I Wanted Your Love.” Richard Album & the Singles play the
Burlington on Thursday
; Richard Goes Cold is streaming on Bandcamp.

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