The Horace Mann Marching Mustangs during their collaboration with Mucca Pazza at Steelworkers Park in September Credit: Daris Jasper

Given how excited the folks in Mucca Pazza always seem to be about their own deranged marching band, Gossip Wolf is hardly shocked that they’d have a soft spot for kids who need help to play in a school band! Founding member and cheerleader Sharon Lanza reached out about the Horace Mann Marching Mustangs, who she calls “an amazingly spirited and disciplined south-side elementary school band” (they collaborated with Mucca Pazza in September). Sadly, many of the students can’t afford to buy or rent instruments, so music teacher Tristan Brown is raising money via public-school crowdfunding charity It’s the gift-giving season!

Sean Heaney of the Chicago Park District describes its Inferno series as “dedicated to sonic art and music, collaborative media experimentation, and civic dialogue.” All good things! In Heaney’s words, Inferno’s Sound Re:Creation events “connect local sound artists with park users in order to collaboratively play with, understand, record, and creatively manipulate the sounds of Chicago’s park spaces.” From 1 till 3 PM on Saturday, December 2, at the Douglas Park Field House, SAIC lecturer Daniel Tovar (aka artist-musician Aisthemata) leads a free workshop in composing with field recordings using graphic scores. RSVP at the Inferno site.

Gossip Wolf noticed Chicago’s Worry Records in April, when the cassette label dropped its third tape, Lil’ Bo’ & the Trash Burners’ Lil’ Bo’. This week the label releases the “Finally” b/w “Blackout” cassingle by Rust Ring, a newish underground rock trio whose members’ pedigrees piqued this wolf’s interest: drummer William Covert is in Droughts and Space Blood, bassist-vocalist Kyle Geib is in Lifted Bells and Dog & Wolf, and guitarist-vocalist Joram Zbichorski is in Snort. The single merges posthardcore muscle with pop-punk melody—and it’s getting a digital edition too, so you don’t even need a tape deck.  v

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