Jenny Polus, aka Jenny Pulse, fka Spa Moans Credit: Mike Vallera

Last November, Gossip Wolf half-jokingly referred to the pleasantly dank lo-fi electronica of local singer and beat maker Jenny Polus—then performing as Spa Moans, now as Jenny Pulse—as “rain-forest wave.” It wasn’t intended as a dis, though Polus says she’s “spent two years trying to figure out how to not be called a lo-fi musician anymore.” On her new album, Marmalade (out Friday, October 26, via New York label Drop Medium), Polus has moved out from under the ferns and into the club—her solid, effortless-sounding jams touch on acid house, electro, and disco. “While tape sound still inspires me,” Polus says, “all of these songs are intended to be ‘pop hits.'” This wolf thinks the glistening beats, smooth hooks, and layers of sensuous, breathy vocals on dreamy jams such as “Living Room” could fill a city block’s worth of dance floors! On Monday, October 22, Polus celebrates at the Empty Bottle on a bill with Gel Set, Profligate, and Z. Soniat.

A few years ago, Chicago rapper Calid Bowen, aka Calid B, started the collective AfroBang, whose members aim to celebrate their connections to Africa and uplift the diaspora. Calid’s father is from Cote d’Ivoire, and Calid learned how to play the djembe long before he began experimenting with hip-hop production in college. A couple months ago he dropped the irresistible AfroBang 2: Son of Sogolon, which blends Afropop, trap, funk, and R&B. On Thursday, October 18, Calid B headlines Bourbon on Division, with openers Lulu Be and Jay Swifa and DJ sets by Skoli and Bonita Appleblunt; it’s $10 and kicks off at 8 PM.

On Saturday, October 20, all-woman Tokyo punk trio Tsushimamire headline a free show at Cole’s in Logan Square! They’ve been making gnarly, pop-forward songs since 1999, and they’re traveling the States to support their latest mini album, August’s Night and Morning. Vamos and Luke Henry open; the show starts at 9:30 PM.  v

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