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Gossip Wolf: Friends help Scoundrel bounce back from a van crash

Plus: Hunter Husar books a schizo bill in Bridgeport, and Lili K. goes from mixtapes to jazz standards

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Scuzzy Chicago power-pop band Scoundrel got in a nasty van accident last week in Mobile, Alabama. Details are sketchy, but this Wolf hears that the guys suffered bruises and broken bones but nothing more grave—their gear got the worst of it. Fortunately the local punk community is rallying to throw some killer benefits—including a concert on Fri 5/24 with Josh Snader, Sharptooth, Charlie the Knife, and Winters in Osaka (e-mail and an art show on Sat 5/25 (e-mail For info on future benefits, contact the band at

Former Mahjongg dude Hunter Husar, who's booking shows at Bridgeport arts space Co-Prosperity Sphere this summer, tells Gossip Wolf that he wants to "move away from the 'bro-tronic' vibe we know Chicago loves" and put together diverse lineups that might even draw "enthusiastic librarian types." Sounds like a great idea to us! His first effort of the season is Sun 5/26 and features a seriously schizo-sounding bill: Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening and K Records, who's playing an unplugged set; Hunter & Josh, Husar's spanking-new "electro live band" with Mahjongg bandmate Josh Johannpeter; snarling punk bands Distract and Warrior Tribes; a set from rambling freak-folkers Viking Moses; and even boot-scooting jams from low-end juke theorist DJ Earl.

Jazz and neosoul singer Lili K. has been all over the place lately, including on two of the hottest rap mixtapes around—Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and MC Tree's Sunday School II. Now she's hard at work at an EP of retooled jazz standards called My Favorite Things; Peter Cottontale is producing, and it features contributions from Raheem "the Love King" DeVaughn and Greg Landfair and Nico Segal of recently defunct Chicago band Kids These Days. It's scheduled for a July release.

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