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LA garage label Burger Records throws itself 50 parties—including one in Chicago

Plus: Metal polymath Chris Black starts another new band, Smart Bar celebrates women in dance music, and more.

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Los Angeles garage-rock tape label Burger Records—which has showed some serious kindness to our fair city over the years, releasing music from the likes of White Mystery, the Cairo Gang, and the Yolks—is celebrating itself with the Burger Revolution, presenting 50 shows around the world on Sat 3/7. There will be plenty of rockin' at clubs in Poland, New Zealand, Ireland, and even Carbondale, but Chicago won't be left out—that night, Logan Square burger joint Parts and Labor hosts sets from White Mystery, the Yolks, the Lemons, and trashy power-pop group the Rubs.

Speaking of the Lemons, Chicago's best bubblegum band drops a brand-new cassette EP on Mon 3/9! The four-song Everybuddy's a Lemon comes out on Boston label Bufu Records.

Last week, Chicago metal maven Chris "Professor" Black—who's impressed Gossip Wolf with his work in a slew of hard-rockin' bands, including High Spirits, Dawnbringer, and Superchrist—released a new album with his power trio Aktor, which features the Professor with two members of groovin' Finnish prog-rockers Circle. Paranoia, available via Aktor's Bandcamp, features ten concise songs that remind us of early-­80s Scorpions, Boston, and Blue Oyster Cult—supremely tuneful and jamming!

To celebrate women's history month, the fine folks at Smart Bar are hosting a series throughout March called Daphne: A Women's Movement in Dance Music. Named after influential British electronic composer Daphne Oram, it features loads of great music: New York house producer Honey Dijon on Fri 3/6, spacey Brooklyn producer and promoter Aurora Halal (with fellow D.C. expat Ital) on Sat 3/14, and the Black Madonna (aka Smart Bar talent buyer Marea Stamper) as part of Hugo Ball, a self-­described "polysexual oppositional surrealist" monthly dance party, on Sat 3/21. The Smart Bar calendar lists all 13 shows!

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