Gossip Wolf: Lending The Master a hand 

Singer-songwriter Daniel Knox helps out with the Music Box's 70-millimeter screening. Plus: Chrissy Murderbot gets down with his dog, and the Burlington turns five.

Music Box projectionist Daniel Knox can look pretty cinematic himself

Music Box projectionist Daniel Knox can look pretty cinematic himself

John Atwood

Local singer-songwriter Daniel Knox writes beautiful piano numbers that've been called "cinematic"—and surely not by coincidence, he's also a projectionist at beloved art house the Music Box, reputedly the only place in town that can still screen 70-millimeter prints. Last week the theater hosted the Chicago premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, The Master, in its full 70-millimeter glory, and Knox played a small role, spending a few hours helping with the extensive preparations necessary for the screening. Knox has a new album in the can and even more material written; he opens for the Handsome Family at Saki Records on Thu 9/13. He's also working on finding new places to host Black & Whites, a suite of his songs that he performs to accompany a photography exhibit by John Atwood.

Electronic-music auteur Chris Shively (aka Chrissy Murderbot) is preparing his first release as Chris E. Pants, a new persona with an ear for disco and deep house. Pants's debut 12-inch is called "Doggy Style," and its center label bears a portrait of Shively's dog, Bubbles. The record is already funded via Kickstarter, but you can still preorder it through Thu 8/30.

The Burlington turns five on Sat 8/25, but the bar isn't trying very hard to hide its age—in fact it's throwing a blowout party starting at 2 PM that afternoon, featuring a phalanx of hot Chicago talent! Don't come a-knockin' unless you wanna get to rockin'—bands helping the Logan Square hot spot celebrate include a bevy of Gossip Wolf faves, among them Bloodiest, Rabid Rabbit, Cave, E+, and Lasers and Fast and Shit. The $7 cover charge also gets you a limitless supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon and food by Honky Tonk BBQ. We smell a rager!

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