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Heavy Times play a last hometown show before guitarist Matt Courtade moves to LA

Plus: Jes Skolnik of Split Feet decamps to New York for a Bandcamp job, and Dumpster Tapes drops a second monster compilation.

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If you're reading this on Thursday it's too late. Matt Courtade, coleader of monster garage outfit Heavy Times, leaves Chicago for sunny Los Angeles today—when this wolf spoke to him last week, he was considering taking up a friend's offer of a temporary stay in one of Carrie Fisher's guesthouses. But if it's still Wednesday night or earlier, drop your plans and head to East Room to see Heavy Times play a release show for their brand-new HoZac seven-inch, Black Sunglasses. It kicks off at 9 PM, with openers Platinum Boys and Cafe Racer—rip it up!

Courtade isn't the only fine musician bidding Chicago adieu: Split Feet guitarist and vocalist Jes Skolnik moves to New York next week for a new job as managing editor for Bandcamp. Skolnik will be back in town on Friday, June 3, for Split Feet's final show, a Township set that's part of a benefit for antiharassment campaign Good Night Out. The band also plans to record and self-release more material. Plus Skolnik continues to serve on the board of in-progress all-­ages nonprofit arts center Pure Joy. "The team is still working on finding the right space," Skolnik says. "It's been a tough slog, but I believe that space is out there and that we'll find it eventually."

Gossip Wolf has been keeping tabs on groovy local cassette label Dumpster Tapes since 2015's scorching Monster Compilation Vol. 1, and this spring it finally releases the second installment! Vol. 2 features at least 20 songs from the likes of Heavy Times, Shah Jahan, MTVghosts, Lala Lala, and White Mystery. On Thu 3/17 Dumpster drops a new six-song tape, Dim, from Chicago's Glyders, and lead cut "BRB" lives up to what the Reader's Luca Cimarusti wrote about them last year: their catchy sound is "straight out of the 60s, channeling the bluesy garage-psych of the Kinks." That night the band plays a free release show at the Mutiny.  v

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