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Jessica Marks sings a ghostly song in a haunted house

Plus: Local microlabel Patient Sounds drops another hefty compilation, and the Palmer Squares play a benefit for Chance’s Arts & Literature Fund.

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Jessica Marks in the video for her song "Fuck the Clock," filmed in an allegedly haunted mansion in Massillon, Ohio - EMILY ESPERANZA
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  • Jessica Marks in the video for her song "Fuck the Clock," filmed in an allegedly haunted mansion in Massillon, Ohio

Ever since local singer-songwriter Jessica Marks dropped her debut EP, Forget Me, in March 2016, Gossip Wolf has been in thrall—her fragile, ghostly melodies and hypnotic vocals are pretty unforgettable. Though she has yet to release more music, on Saturday, September 16, she'll perform at the Hideout and premiere a video for standout track "Fuck the Clock," shot at an allegedly haunted mansion in Massillon, Ohio, by filmmaker Emily Esperanza (a former knight of departed Humboldt Park DIY space Young Camelot). That night Esperanza and Justin Flocco will screen other short films shot in the same spooky abode, and Drea the Vibe Dealer and Christopher Church will also perform.

Last week Chicago microlabel Patient Sounds dropped the ninth volume in its reliably excellent PSSV series, which compiles music from "friends, family, and strangers from across the globe"—this volume's 40 tracks include previously unreleased jams from TALsounds and LA drone guru Lee Noble. Downloads are "name your price," and proceeds go to support the efforts of the Houston SPCA post-Hurricane Harvey.

Gossip Wolf has a soft spot for Chicago hip-hop duo the Palmer Squares and their rubbery rapping. These seriously playful MCs have been in the game for a minute: they say their June release, a collaboration with Indiana producer Nate Kiz called NaPalm, came out on the fifth anniversary of their studio debut, the EP Spooky Language. The Palmer Squares are about to hit the road for a month, but before they go they'll play the Logan Bar & Grill on Friday, September 15. The free show includes a raffle to benefit Chance the Rapper's Arts & Literature Fund, which helps CPS schools with languishing arts programs—the prizes come from Chance's nonprofit, SocialWorks. It kicks off at 9 PM, and wandering troubadour Netherfriends opens—he calls Austin home now, but he's been in town the past few weeks.  v

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