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Pilsen welcomes another new record shop

Plus: The Golden Horse Ranch Band hosts Haunted Honky Tonk Karaoke, and Gel Set scores "The Fall of the House of Usher."

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It's only been a few months since Pinwheel Records opened near the 18th Street Pink Line stop, but Pilsen isn't done welcoming new record stores. Head east from Pinwheel for half a mile or so, and you'll find 606 Records, at 1808 S. Allport; it's nowhere near the 606 (the elevated path also known as the Bloomingdale Trail), but it is across the street from Thalia Hall. The new shop, which specializes in vinyl and cassettes by lesser-known musicians and labels from around the world, had its grand opening last Saturday. Welcome to the neighborhood, folks!

Too many people who insist they like "all kinds of music" are spooked by Stetsons and cowboy boots. But Gossip Wolf loves long-gone country acts and old-school jukebox jams—and if you do too, you might also dig Chicago square-dance specialists the Golden Horse Ranch Band! On Thursday, October 29, they'll host Haunted Honky Tonk Karaoke at the Hideout, joined by a posse of great local vocalists that includes Sally Timms, Janet Bean, and Big Sadie's Elise Bergman. Between the band's sets, the audience can sing karaoke—but only songs by dead musicians are allowed! Proceeds from the show benefit community-­farming nonprofit Growing Power, and fans are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite dearly departed crooner.

Chicago synth jammer Gel Set (aka Laura "Lulu" Callier) has written a new darkwave score to the surrealist silent 1928 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" by French filmmaker Jean Epstein. On Friday, October 30, she'll play along with the film at Southside Hub of Production (1448 E. 57th St.). Folks in costume get a discount; e-mail info.southsidehub@gmail.com for details.  v

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