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Funk Trunk Records opens in Rogers Park

Plus: Stefan Ponce brings a hip-hop who's who to the East Room, and Brittany Lee Moffitt drops her first solo EP.

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Gossip Wolf is psyched to hear that a new record store has set up shop in town—and it's not even in Logan Square, Pilsen, or some other designated "cool" neighborhood. Funk Trunk Records has made its home in Rogers Park (specifically at 6960 N. Sheridan, suite A), and the cozy spot carries soul, jazz, boogie, and of course funk, among other things. It opened for business Sat 11/22 and reopens on Wed 11/26 (regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday), so you can go hunting for some killer LPs and 45s before Black Friday.

Chicago producer and DJ Stefan Ponce has worked with a who's who of the local hip-hop scene, and a bunch of his friends and collaborators will join him when he plays East Room on Fri 11/28. The show doubles as an afterparty for Vic Mensa's sold-out Metro concert, and so far Ponce hasn't publicly confirmed much about the lineup—given that it's Thanksgiving weekend, though, lots of people will be in town, so it's worth hoping to see ShowYou­Suck, Alex Wiley, and a bunch of Save Money pals show up to perform.

Gossip Wolf first heard local singer-­songwriter Brittany Lee Moffitt when she was lead vocalist for alt-rock group Lee, whose breezy "Vanessa Carlton joins Velocity Girl" pop hooks really hit the spot—we were sorely disappointed when the band went on hiatus last fall. After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Moffitt recently finished her debut solo EP, Acceptance, working at Chinatown studio Carterco Recording with producer Drew Mantia. Last week on Soundcloud she posted the first single, "Summerwinds," which features a swath of clanging, dissonant electronics and some rad vocalese a la Bjork. On Fri 12/5 she'll celebrate the EP's release with a show at the Throne Room; also on the bill are local rapper Da$htone and live-band hop-hop five-piece Deep Fayed, who will do double duty backing up Moffitt.

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