It feels like eons since the blown-out tones of Chicago bassist Andrea Jablonski have set Gossip Wolf’s teeth to rattling. This wolf was particularly fond of her playing with sludge purveyors Rabid Rabbit, who ended their ten-year run in 2015, and short-lived doom-folk act From Bones, who debuted in 2014—and whose final show in late 2015 was the last time Jablonski played in public. On Monday, June 5, she and former Tight Phantomz dude Cale Arthur will duet on two new collaborative compositions for electric bass as part of Experimental Sound Studio‘s Option series. After the show, Jablonski and reedist Ken Vandermark (one of Option’s programmers) will discuss her artwork and her collaborations with nonprofits, especially Humboldt Park community arts program Opera-Matic.
Local DIY label and multimedia collective FeelTrip hosts a showcase at the Empty Bottle on Thursday, June 1. This wolf is particularly excited to see producer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Humphrey, aka Sun Cop. The label released Sun Cop’s debut album, When You Hear the Drum You May Speak, in April, and its cosmic psych-pop is one hell of a trip! Chicago band Yawn, whose members cofounded FeelTrip to release their first album in 2011, headline the show—and the bill also includes psych-tinged soul-rock combo Lovejoy and DJ sets from members of Twin Peaks.
This wolf has been keeping tabs on vinyl-centric Chicago dance label Clear since its debut in 2015, and it never disappoints when it comes to jack-happy techno killers! Last month Clear dropped a scorching 12-inch from Jason Letkiewicz, aka Steve Summers, who’s also recorded for L.I.E.S. and Clone (among others) and who moved here a year ago. Artificial Light pushes menacing beats and unsettling synth chatter into a zone that’s both dystopian and dance-floor friendly. Seems like Summers knows our city pretty well already! v
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