Jake Austen details the life of Perry Kanlan, aka Dancin' Man (he used to be Dancin' Boy, but he's 68 now), in the B Side cover story
this week. A funky and flamboyant Jewish kid from Rogers Park, Kanlan broke down racial barriers with his gregarious personality and a rhythmic dance style that presaged breakdancing. His journey is long, fascinating, and strange, and has seen him share stages with the Jackson Five, James Brown, and Bootsy Collins, among many others, as well as land a role in the blaxploitation film Dolemite
Also on the B Side: Scratch Acid front man David Yow has some interesting things to say to an allegedly pantsless Rob Warmowski of Sirs in Artist on Artist. Miles Raymer reviews a handful of recent local releases, among them records by Owen, Fotosputnik, MC Zulu, and Golden Birthday. Gossip Wolf dishes on Locrian's new album and Proco "Joe" Moreno's new Jeff Tweedy pic. And as always Soundboard features this week's happening gigs, including shows by Mastodon, Crooked Fingers, Jeff Parker, Mayhem, Emperor X, and WU LYF.