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Cosmic Country star Andrew Sa drops a high lonesome covers collection

Plus: Dave Rempis releases a double album of live performances that COVID couldn’t stop, and pop-up shop Miyagi throws a Record Store Day party at the Silver Room.

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The artwork for Cosmic Country Stars: Andrew Sa
  • The artwork for Cosmic Country Stars: Andrew Sa

Gossip Wolf got acquainted with local queer crooner Andrew Sa via his show-stealing turns with the Hideout's hilarious and heartwarmingly campy Cosmic Country Showcase. At this recurring revue, aliens, monsters, and other oddballs display an uncanny talent for belting out country tunes—usually backed by a killer band with Sima Cunningham (Ohmme), Sullivan Davis, Dorian Gehring, Liam Kazar (Marrow), and Spencer Tweedy. On Sa's new covers EP, Cosmic Country Stars: Andrew Sa, his high, keening voice is very much of this Earth, adding pathos and lovely loneliness to a sparkling version of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" and a plaintive duet with Kelly Hogan on Neko Case's "I Wish I Was the Moon." This wolf can't wait to see Sa and his otherworldly cohorts onstage again!

Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon, and Josh Berman in Margate Park on May 29, 2021 - PHILIP MONTORO
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  • Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon, and Josh Berman in Margate Park on May 29, 2021

Jazz saxophonist Dave Rempis has stayed busy—and maintained his commitment to community—throughout the pandemic. He released a steady stream of old recordings via his label, Aerophonic, and performed online or outside (weather permitting). He streamed solo from Unity Lutheran Church, booked a few outdoor gigs in Milwaukee with drummer Tim Daisy, and played a small-group series in Margate Park, usually with drummer Tyler Damon and sometimes with cellist Tomeka Reid, bassist Joshua Abrams, and other guests. On Saturday, May 8, Rempis resumed the Margate Park series, and on Tuesday, June 15, he drops The COVID Tapes: Solos, Duos, & Trios, which compiles several 2020 performances.

  • The CD edition of The COVID Tapes consists of two discs of solo, duo, and trio performances.

On Saturday, June 12 (the first of two summer 2021 Record Store Day holidays), pop-up record store Miyagi throws a crate-digging bonanza at the Silver Room in Hyde Park. South Rhodes Records, Beverly Phono Mart, and Jaytoo will also sell vinyl; the event runs from noon till 6 PM, with music from funk band Mathien and several DJs.  v

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