Hogg Credit: Courtesy the artist

Chicago proto-industrial duo Hogg use electronics, guitar, bass, and their own distorted voices to create burning beds of skronk ‘n’ awe—this wolf thinks their 2015 tape, Bury the Dog Deeper (via Andy Ortmann‘s Nihilist Records), was one of the year’s most unsettling local listens. On Saturday, January 16, Rotted Tooth Recordings releases an expanded, retitled LP version, Carnal Lust & Carnivorous Eating, that includes two new tracks. That night Hogg play at a local underground venue with noise punks Running, who are approaching the show with the same panache that earned them a Reader nod for “Best Album Packaging” in 2012—bassist Matthew Hord promises plastic palm trees, frozen tropical drinks, and reggae goth DJs! Hawaiian attire is encouraged; e-mail runningband@gmail.com for details.

Were you relieved when New Year’s Eve brought 2015 to a close? Well, Gossip Wolf has just the song for you: “Weird Year,” the debut release from Wrong Numbers, a new poppy lo-fi solo project from Marcus Nuccio of the Please & Thank Yous, Mountains for Clouds, and Pet Symmetry. Nuccio dropped “Weird Year” on December 31, and its yearning, winsome electro-pop melody could help you say a final good-bye to a year you’re glad is finally over. The song is a pay-what-you-want download on Wrong Numbers’ Bandcamp page: bit.ly/wn_wy.

Gossip Wolf is always down for a bombastic Bowie blowout. On Thursday, January 7 (a day before Blackstar drops), Berlin hosts the annual Bowie Ball, with DJ Heaven Malone and a “glitter and glam makeover booth”—and you can guess what “live Bowieoke” is! Hopefully nobody minds a wolf in DIY Aladdin Sane makeup howling along.  v

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