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Detholz! and friends throw a Groundhog Day party in memory of bassist Ben Miranda

Plus: Caribbean dance night Feel the Rhythm makes its overdue return, postpunks Ganser gear up for a big year, and more.

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Local multi-instrumentalist and composer Ben Miranda, who died in November, was a beloved jack-of-all-trades. Not only did he play bass for electro-­pop weirdos Detholz!, he was also a Web developer, armchair scientist, motorcycle nut, and pantomime magician with a talent for making people laugh. As a tribute to Miranda's annual Groundhog Day parties, his pals are throwing a show at the Hideout on Sunday, January 31, that includes a reunited Detholz! (with keyboardist Jon Steinmeier on bass), Ami Saraiya & the Outcome, a group led by Josh Berman, and a rotating-­cast "house band" playing Miranda's own songs—plus the traditional screening of the classic 1993 screwball comedy Groundhog Day.

The soulful Caribbean dance night Feel the Rhythm should be more, um, rocksteady—the previous installment was all the way back in September! The F.T.R. crew—DJs E.N.G., Sonido Tritón, and Bryan "Selektah" Martin—spin vintage 45s of 1960s reggae and Jamaican soul (from "before it went 'rasta and/or mainstream,'" they say) on Saturday, January 30, at Crown Tap Room in Logan Square. Gossip Wolf thinks F.T.R. gives Windy City Soul Club a run for its dancing-shoe money!

Chicago postpunk outfit Ganser have big plans for 2016. They aim to drop their first physical release, the three-song cassette Audrey, and take a brief Pacific Northwest tour in the spring linked to festivals in Portland and Vancouver. To cover travel and recording costs, they've launched a Kickstarter that doubles as a way to preorder merch—tapes, T-shirts, posters, and more. The campaign closes Sunday, February 14, and the details are at bit.ly/ga_k.

On Sunday, January 31, at 2 PM, join Gossip Wolf's very own J.R. Nelson at the Chicago Athletic Association for a talk with Tim Kinsella! Prepare for an exceptional discussion about Chicago's music and literary communities. It's part of CAA's Storytelling series, and it's free with RSVP at bit.ly/caa_ss.  v

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