When hard-rockin' record store Metal Haven shut down its final location in Ravenswood in 2010, it seemed like a total bummer for Chicago's tight-knit metal scene. Where else could fans find Motorhead picture discs and Watain T-shirts alongside demo tapes from local heroes such as High Spirits? Nowhere! Anyway, last week Gossip Wolf heard that Metal Haven owner Mark Weglarz was planning to launch a combination record shop and restaurant in Logan Square, and the rumors are true! If all goes well, Metal Haven Grill will open later this month, and Weglarz says it will serve "simple, delicious comfort food" and stock a relatively small vinyl-focused inventory; eventually he hopes to start a regular Sunday brunch. This wolf is looking forward to the black sabbath when Chicago's metalheads can power through a brutal omelet and score a Marduk reissue in one stop!
April 20 is right around the corner, and it's an extra-special day for the two rocking redheaded siblings of White Mystery. Since 2011, ferocious front woman Alex White and her drummer brother, Francis, have made a tradition of dropping new music on 4/20; this year it's an album called Outta Control. From the sound of the lead single, "Best Friend," the record is gonna be a doobie—er, doozy! The release comes hot on the heels of White Mystery's late-night TV debut last month on Last Call With Carson Daly, a huge feat for a totally DIY band. WM headline the Wicker Park Emporium Arcade Bar on Friday, April 15, as part of CIMMfest.
At the CHIRP Record Fair last weekend, Gossip Wolf saw Dark Matter Coffee slinging something extra hot: a 12-inch split between locals Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce and Chicago-connected trio Brain Tentacles, aka drummer Dave Witte, bassist Aaron Dallison, and saxophonist Bruce Lamont. This wolf hears the record will be available at retail "soon." v
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