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Izzy Olive’s Half Gringa celebrate their intimate but hard-hitting debut album

Plus: Slippery Slope throws itself a third birthday party, Metro hosts a 25th-anniversary concert for the American Ska-thic series, and more.

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Half Gringa, from left to right: Ivan Pyzow, Andres Fonseca, Izzy Olive, Sean Saville, and Sam Cantor - MIKE DUNN
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  • Half Gringa, from left to right: Ivan Pyzow, Andres Fonseca, Izzy Olive, Sean Saville, and Sam Cantor

Gossip Wolf has been hip to Chicago singer-songwriter Izzy Olive for a few years now. It seems like just yesterday that she and her band played their lilting, country-tinged rock under the name Tin Silos, but in fact Olive and company have been performing as Half Gringa since last year—on Friday, August 18, they self-release the first Half Gringa full-length, Gruñona. Throughout the album, Olive explores what it means to grow up midwestern and Latinx, and she's got the vocal chops to hit this wolf right in the gut. That same night, Half Gringa headline a release party at the Empty Bottle; Minor Moon and the Jellies open, and the show starts at 9 PM.

Logan Square bar Slippery Slope opened in 2014, and Gossip Wolf liked it right away—in fact, the Reader threw the column's fifth anniversary party there in 2015! On Sunday, August 27, Slippery Slope celebrates its own third birthday with 12 hours of bands and DJs, including Gossip Wolf faves White Mystery, Yawn, Tony Trimm, and the Hood Internet.

In 1993, Jump Up Records took its first step toward becoming one of the midwest's most important outlets for reggae, ska, two-tone, and other pop rooted in Jamaica: the label debuted with the first of four American Ska-thic compilations. On Saturday, August 19, Metro hosts Jump Up's American Ska-thic 25th Anniversary—sure, it's technically a year early, but the lineup is a doozy. Saint Louis "psycho ska" outfit MU330 headlines; Coolidge, the Eclectics, Detroit Rude Boy Society, Skapone, and Tango Wedding Band open, and Jump Up founder Chuck Wren spins between sets. Dark Matter Coffee will debut a new blend inspired by third-wave ska and two-tone: Perk It Up! Perk It Up!

Independent publishing festival Zinemercado returns to the Comfort Station on Sunday, August 20, and the free event has more than zines—including several DJs and a live set by Gossip Wolf pals Wet Wallet.  v

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