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Local power trio the Moses Gun drop their best record yet

Plus: The Broad Squad throws a benefit for Howard Brown Health and the Chicago Period Project, and Hanif Abdurraqib reads from his great new book on A Tribe Called Quest.

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The Moses Gun: Jim Kendall, Vell Mullens, and Rich Harris - PHOTO BY NATÉ DAVEINE
  • Photo by Naté Daveine
  • The Moses Gun: Jim Kendall, Vell Mullens, and Rich Harris

Chicago power trio the Moses Gun took five years to follow up their scorching self-titled 2012 debut with the equally impressive 2017 EP Triage, but since the release of the latter, they've done better at maintaining their momentum! On Saturday, March 9, the Moses Gun drop the brand-new full-length album Waltz of the Conflicted Yellowjacket, made at Ambush Recordings, the home studio run by their drummer, Jim Kendall. It's by far the band's best work—Gossip Wolf is especially fond of the shoegaze-shaded psych rock of "Blame" and the radio-ready gut punch of "Climb (Star Mode)," which features a blowtorch guitar solo from Vell Mullens. Saturday night the Moses Gun play a record-release show at GMan Tavern with openers Arthhur, who got their own write-up here.

On Thursday, March 7, the Broad Squad tattooers' collective takes over East Room to host "Draw Your Idols," an art show, concert, and benefit for Howard Brown Health and the Chicago Period Project. Local femme tattoo artists will present work inspired by other influential femmes—and because it's on the walls, not on someone's skin, you can look as long as you like! The music lineup includes Wax Idols front person Hether Fortune, who lives in Oakland, and several Chicagoans: garage group Radio Shaq, outre dance-pop outfit Powerpup, and Misfits cover band Hymen Moments. The party starts at 10 PM, and admission is $5; if you can, please bring donations of period supplies such as menstrual pads and tampons.

Few writers explore their subjects as lovingly as Hanif Abdurraqib, whose thoughtful, lyrical, insightful new book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, should be required reading for everybody. On Sunday, March 10, he'll appear at the Seminary Co-op in Hyde Park to read selections from Go Ahead in the Rain and talk about it with poet and teacher Tara Betts. The free event starts at 3 PM.  v

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