Gossip Wolf has been impatiently waiting for the release of the full-length Wax Trax! Records documentary since first hearing in 2015 that it was in the works. On Saturday, April 1, the Vic presents two screenings of a rough cut of the flick—these days bearing the title Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with a different panel of label luminaries, including Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult singer Groovie Mann, Paul Barker of Lead Into Gold, and Barker’s Ministry and Revolting Cocks bandmate Chris Connelly. Plus the previous Friday night, three gothy clubs host DJ nights featuring Wax Trax! associates: Bauhaus and Love & Rockets bassist David J at Late Bar, Richard 23 and Patrick Codenys of Front 242 at Berlin, and Biafra at Liar’s Club.
If you’ve got a thing for lithe dream-pop that’s heavy on easygoing hooks, then this wolf suggests a listen to Watch Me Overcomplicate This, the debut EP by Fauvely, aka the solo project of singer-guitarist Sophie Leigh Nagelberg (she usually drops her last name). Midwest Action released the EP on cassette, and Fauvely celebrates its arrival with a show at the Empty Bottle on Thursday, March 30.
Prolific rapper Alex Wiley calls Los Angeles home these days, but he’s been good about swinging back through Chicago for a visit and a show. On Friday, March 31, he returns to his native Hyde Park to headline the Promontory in support of Village Party III: Stoner Symphony, which he self-released in January. The album is chock-full of guests, many from the local scene—among them love evangelist Mick Jenkins, Saba’s new right-hand man, Phoelix, and Wiley’s pals Kembe X and Jean Deaux from defunct collective the Village. Friday’s six-act bill includes Chicago up-and-comers Qari, Mulatto, and UG Vavy. Tickets are $12, or $25 with admission to a meet and greet; the show kicks off at 8 PM. v
Update: Alex Wiley has canceled the remainder of his tour “to address ongoing personal issues,” according to an announcement posted on Twitter on March 28.
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