Droids Blood Credit: Photo by Thaib Wahab

Broken Prayer were one of Gossip Wolf’s favorite hardcore bands of the past decade. The defunct local dark punks’ blistering tunes, wrapped in the lamentations of vocalist Scott Plant, fairly drip with deliciously febrile contempt! Since 2016 Plant has been fronting Droids Blood, whose lineup also includes BP drummer Nick Donahue. On their new self-titled tape, they vary the tempos more and even add some borderline poppy hooks, but there’s also lots of grimy, slightly industrial synth gunk and bass murk—”Ceaușescu’s Dream” and “Unreality” sound deranged in the best possible way. On Friday, January 25, Droids Blood play the Burlington with D-beat specialists Riesgo (featuring members of Sin Orden and Los Crudos), Primitive Teeth, and Compressions.

Gossip Wolf hasn’t had a chance to see Open Mike Eagle since the rapper’s brilliant homecoming set at the Pitchfork Music Festival last year—and in the meantime, he’s dropped the reliably sharp, witty, and charming EP What Happens When I Try to Relax (also the first release from his new label, Auto Reverse). On Thursday, January 24, Mike headlines the Empty Bottle as part of Ruby Hornet’s relaunched Digital Freshness concert series (copresented by Closed Sessions). Beat-scene prince Fess Grandiose and up-and-coming rapper Ness Heads open.

The modern-funk mavens at Chicago label Star Creature Universal Vibrations think DJ Kool Hersh of the Boogie Munsters has a tremendous collection of funk, disco, soul, and boogie. He’s put together an expansive mix of hard-to-find local tracks from 1976 through ’86, and Star Creature is releasing it on cassette as Attack of the Chicago Boogie. On Saturday, January 26, Wild Prairie Vinyl & Vintage hosts a free release party with DJ sets by Wild Prairie co-owner Alex G, Night Moves host Jesse Sandwich, Boogie Munsters DJs (Hersh, Tim Zawada, Shazam Bangles), and nightlife veteran Tone B. Nimble.  v

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