Winters in Osaka founder Adam Jennings tells Gossip Wolf that the experimental collective will play their final show in December. "After 11 years of doing weirdo drone noise, I think I have done everything I wanted to with this project," he says. Winters in Osaka are still working on new music—according to Jennings they'll drop an "insane" collaborative album with Smegma soon, plus maybe another LP or cassette in a year. Their last performance is Tue 12/17 at the Empty Bottle with locals Bongripper, Rectal Hygienics, and MT Coast. For now, you can explore Winters in Osaka's massive discography at bit.ly/wintersosaka.
Chicago five-piece Bully in the Hallway make catchy, overdriven sing-along punk that should please fans of melodic masters Samiam and Superchunk—this wolf was pretty stoked about their 2011 debut LP, Crooks and Their Castles. Alas, their Thu 10/31 show at the Burlington will be the last with founding guitarist Matt Kennedy, who's moving on in November. In better news, the show is also a release party for Bully in the Hallway's ripping new EP, Enlightened Procrastination, which is coming out via Bandcamp; they recorded it earlier this year with Mike Lust, and one track includes backing vocals from Mannequin Men Seth Bohn and Kevin Kujawa.
Want to celebrate the season in style? This wolf suggests heading to the Logan Square Auditorium on Sat 10/19 for the Fall Ball. Salonathon founder Jane Beachy put together a stellar lineup, anchored by Mucca Pazza—from one song to the next, this wolf's favorite circus party band will collaborate by turns with local trans activist Kokumo, singer-songwriter Tom Musick, Man Is Man's Christa Creps, DJ Swaguerrilla, and a team of 30 dancers choreographed by Fly Honeys cofounder Erin Kilmurray. It starts at 9 PM and tickets are $20, though limited $15 spots are available; there's more info at bit.ly/fallballchi.
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