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Simulation celebrate a new tape at ESS’s Summersonic festival

Plus: Tortoise drummer John Herndon and artist Jennifer Gutowski marry at Rainbo, and Bric-a-Brac Records takes over East Room for Scummer Slam 2016.

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On Saturday, August 27, local good-vibes label Eye Vybe Records releases Nalumbanet, a new cassette from the duo Simulation, aka Whitney Johnson of Matchess ("Best transcendental deep-space synth trip" in the Reader's 2015 Best of Chicago issue) and Laura "Lulu" Callier of Gel Set (who recently relocated to LA). According to their Bandcamp page, Simulation resulted from a "paranormal visitation" Johnson and Callier had in Forsyth, Montana, during a tour together—maybe that's why Nalumbanet sounds like some of the spookiest Friday the 13th dub ever recorded? On Saturday they'll celebrate their new tape at Experimental Sound Studio's daylong Summersonic concert, which also includes Homme, Melina Ausikaitis, Avery Young, and others.

Though they moved to Los Angeles a few years back, Tortoise drummer John Herndon (who's also an amazing tattooist) and artist Jennifer Gutowski got hitched in front of friends and family—including a passel of Chicago indie-rock veterans—at Rainbo Club on Sunday, August 21, and partied at the bar (fairly) deep into the night. Congrats, you two!

The folks at Bric-a-Brac Records have done wonders for the city's all-ages DIY scene, regularly opening up their Logan Square shop to underground bands from across the country—and from our backyard. On Saturday, August 27, Bric-a-Brac takes over East Room for Scummer Slam 2016, a one-day festival featuring ten brilliant acts. Cincinnati indie sensations Tweens headline, preceded by early-80s Chicago hardcore outfit Savage Beliefs playing one of their occasional reunion sets. The party starts at 1 PM, and Gossip Wolf recommends showing up early to catch Wet Wallet, the warped postpunk project of wife-and-husband duo Gina and Keith Herzik—the same Keith who drew this wolf's portrait! The free show is 21 and up, and Bric-a-Brac is collecting donations for Goethe Elementary School's music program.  v

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