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Gossip Wolf: Alex Barnett emits another vaguely creepy drone

Plus: Black Friday music to get you off the couch, a cassette of contemporary-classical collaborations, and more.

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Local synth guy Alex Barnett has vaguely creepy drone music in his blood. As if his solo sets and his role in vaguely creepy drone trio Oakeater weren't evidence enough, he's teamed up with Mamiffer's Faith Coloccia for Retrieval, an LP available Mon 12/2 on mysterious UK indie Blackest Ever Black that's chock full of—you guessed it—vaguely creepy drones! A sample on Soundcloud rumbles at a snail's pace and glitters with synth spikes. Here's hoping the in-progress Oakeater LP arrives soon.

This wolf rises early on Black Friday to rummage through Dumpsters for turducken scraps. Most of y'all are more interested in fresh tunes than old meat, though, and a few Black Friday "specials" are actually special. Reckless Records in Wicker Park hosts an in-store by the newly Chicagoan Laura Jane Grace (best known as front woman of Against Me!), and even without braving the shops you can get brand-new tunes from two local MCs, gruff-voiced Vic Spencer and Drake-approved Lil Bibby: on Friday they drop their free mixtapes, The Rapping Bastard and Free Crack.

Contemporary-classical cassette label Parlour Tapes throws a free bash at the Whistler on Sun 12/1 to celebrate the release of *And, a mixtape featuring ten collaborations between artists in Chicago and parts beyond—including Third Coast Percussion and members of Ensemble dal Niente and Eighth Blackbird. That same day the music becomes available digitally from the label's Bandcamp.

Two more noteworthy shows: Brother-sister garage duo White Mystery, who've played around 150 road dates in 2013, swing back through town for a Double Door date on Sat 11/30—and they're recording it for a live album! Plus Steve Krakow's long-­running psych outfit Plastic Crimewave Sound plays a free Empty Bottle release party on Mon 12/2 for its final release, The Oblivion Programme (Priority Male Tapes).

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