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Reality TV star and tattoo artist Phor showcases his rap skills at 1st Ward

Plus: Tape label Love Lion pays tribute to the Chicago underground, and new band CB Radio Gorgeous combine several flavors of nervy punk.

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Chicago hip-hop collective Private Stock throws the occasional show under the name Late Notice, and the next entry in the series is a doozy. On Sunday, January 21, Private Stock takes over 1st Ward with a concert headlined by rapper and tattoo artist Phor. Best known from VH1 reality series Black Ink Crew: Chicago (he works at Pilsen shop 9 Mag), Phor is an artist in other realms too—last month he dropped a luxurious album called Butterfly. And Sunday's whole bill is hot: it features openers Valee, Queen Key, and JBro Bugatti, DJ sets from Mile High, Shon, and Dam Dam, and special guests Hypno Carlito and Bump J.

When Gossip Wolf checked in with Angel Olsen bassist and former Chicagoan Emily Elhaj last winter, her cassette label Love Lion was dropping a collection of vintage gospel to benefit Black Lives Matter. Though Elhaj now lives in New Orleans (she left town in January 2014), she's still dedicated to spreading the word about Chicago music! On Friday, January 26, Love Lion releases a 20-track compilation called Grid City filled with previously unreleased cuts by a dizzying array of talent, including Azita, Hide, Beau Wanzer, Quarter Mile Thunder, Facs, Jeremiah Meece, and Matt Jencik. Copies will be available at Reckless Records and Cafe Mustache and via Love Lion's Bandcamp.

They've played only a handful of shows, but CB Radio Gorgeous already get a big "ten-four" from Gossip Wolf! The brand-new outfit consists of four folks who are already known quantities on Chicago's underground scene: Jill Flanagan of Forced Into Femininity, Joe Seger of Big Zit, Matt Revers of Negative Scanner, and Anna Kinderman of Red Delicious. Revers compares the band to the Minutemen and Kleenex, and this wolf concurs! They play a DIY show on Friday, January 19, with Mayor Daley, Toupee, and Virginia industrial-blues duo Buck Gooter; e-mail Matthew.revers@gmail.com for details.  v

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