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Gossip Wolf: Anatomy of Habit signs to Relapse

Plus: A mixed-media mixer from the Chicago Film Archives and a history lesson on house at Northwestern

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Gossip Wolf's favorite dirge-­metal band, Anatomy of Habit, features members of Indian, Tortoise, Bloodyminded, and Joan of Arc, and its cathartic long-form jams combine doom, shoegaze, and industrial. Last week, the group announced a deal with heavy-music institution Relapse Records to release an as-yet-untitled new LP late this fall. Front man Mark Solotroff says the LP features artwork from former Bloodyminded member Pieter Schoolwerth, an old-master-style painter based in New York; its two long tracks include one that's been augmented with analog synth. Solotroff adds that AoH has been working on new material, and the first song finished by the current lineup, "The Limits of a Sequence," will have its live debut soon.

On Thu 6/19 the Chicago Film Archives celebrates its tenth anniversary at the Hideout with its third annual CFA Media Mixer. Three filmmakers create short new pieces from material in the archive's collections, and then musicians soundtrack those videos. This year the collaborations are between Latham Zearfoss and Bastardgeist (with a live performance by Darling Shear), Lori Felker and Cheer-­Accident, and Deborah Stratman and Olivia Block. The event also includes a silent auction and raffle; you can bid on tickets to the Arcade Fire or the Pitchfork festival, and one of the raffle prizes is a $100 gift certificate to Dusty Groove. Admission is $15, and WBEZ's Tony Sarabia DJs all night.

If you're eager to brush up on your Chicago house history, this wolf suggests going back to school. Northwestern's Dittmar Memorial Gallery is hosting an exhibit called "The Beat Goes On: The Evolution of House Music in Chicago," which features pieces once belonging to the godfather of house, Frankie Knuckles. The exhibit opens Wed 6/18 with a 6 PM panel talk, "House Music in the Continuum of African American Music Forms"; it closes Wed 7/2.

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