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Queer-friendly occult-themed monthly party Switches of Eastwick launches at the Whistler

Plus: First-generation Chicago punks Silver Abuse celebrate a new album, radical performance-art collective Schimpfluch-Gruppe comes to Elastic, and more.

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Gossip Wolf is a sucker for quality DJ nights and ridiculous puns. Add fancy cocktails, and you've got a sure-fire winner! On Thursday, June 9, self-described local "queer witches" Sophie Bee and Lorena Cupcake (cofounder of DIY blog Store Brand Soda and the Reader's "best new music blogger" in 2015) launch a new monthly party called Switches of Eastwick at Logan Square bar the Whistler. The party will feature a rotating menu of musical genres and play with themes of power, submission, and the occult; the inaugural installment includes DJ sets by Jarvi (from Chicago's Naughty Bad Fun Collective) and Sold.

One of Chicago's first punk bands, Silver Abuse, drop a full-length this week called Consider the Pigeon. Their couple years of work have produced seriously deranged, dragged-through-the-gutter tunes—this wolf is partial to the whirling "Abducted by the Lobstermen." Consider the Pigeon is available on CD and vinyl through Alona's Dream, the local label that reissued Rights of the Accused's Innocence seven-inch and last year's Savage Beliefs comp. Silver Abuse play release parties on Friday, June 10, at Liar's Club and Saturday, June 11, at Logan Hardware.

Gossip Wolf has eyes on the Elastic calendar this week because of a couple killer shows. On Friday, June 10, local guitar-­based improviser Daniel Wyche performs with drummer Ryan Packard and multi-­instrumentalist Julian Lynch (also of Real Estate) to celebrate the release of the experimental CD-R Our Severed Sleep. Then on Tuesday, June 14, Elastic welcomes Schimpfluch-Gruppe, a radical performance-­art project founded in Zurich in 1987. This group ain't for the faint of heart and/or stomach: according to an absurd 2009 interview for Tiny Mix Tapes by local noisenik Andy Ortmann (who opens the show), Schimpfluch-Gruppe's performances have involved the amplification of a dead fish and a "vomit chorus."  v

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