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Gossip Wolf: Bloodyminded drop their first album in seven years

Plus: Bring Your Ray Gun celebrate their debut EP, Brian Torrey Scott needs help with medical bills, and more

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It's hard to believe that Chicago industrial-noise institution Bloodyminded haven't released a studio album in seven years—it seems like the demonic bark of front man Mark Solotroff has been a fixture in this wolf's nightmares for three times that long! The howling vocals and bowel-­splitting electronics on the new Within the Walls (released Tue 11/5 on Solotroff's Bloodlust! label) could freak out the heartiest of souls. LPs will be available at a Sat 11/30 show with Corrections House at the Empty Bottle, but the band should have CD copies on Sat 11/9 at the Varnish Underground fest (whose huge bill also includes Raspberry Bulbs and Oozing Wound). The venue is secret, but tickets can be had by e-mailing varnishunderground@gmail.com or visiting Permanent Records.

Electro-tinged rock outfit Bring Your Ray Gun releases its self-titled debut EP on Thu 11/7, and that night the group celebrates its arrival with a party at the Whistler. Bassist-­singer Heather Perry says burlesque troupe Les Soubrettes choreographed a routine for the band's set, and DJ Swaguerrilla will keep folks dancing all night.

You might know writer, teacher, and playwright Brian Torrey Scott from his collaborations with Azita; they cowrote the songs on her 2006 EP, Detail From the Mountain Side, for his musical of the same name. Last year Scott was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and his medical costs have exploded; friends have set up a page at YouCaring.com to help, and Gossip Wolf humbly suggests you chip in if you can. This winter California's Snail Press will publish a collection of Scott's writings called Green Candle, including a complete script and a series of essays about his illness.

In June this wolf tipped Open the Sky, the funky new space-rock LP from the Velcro Lewis Group. It finally came out last month, and the band celebrates its release on Mon 11/11 with a free show at the Empty Bottle!

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