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Get Better, Buddy 

One of the guys who ran the beloved loft space recovers from a shooting. Plus: Canadian Girlfriends in the flesh and nerds in the club

click to enlarge KEITH HERZIK

Back in the mid-aughts, this Wolf and every other self-respecting hip fuck in town spent many a summer night at a Wicker Park loft called Buddy. That's where Gossip Wolf went to catch performance artists and bands, dance till dawn, and fight chicks in the beer line! Buddy was the baby of Ed Marszewski (who runs the Co-Prosperity Sphere), Hunter Husar (of Mahjongg), and Eric "Ringo" Ringbloom, who now lives in New Orleans. On May 30, two men tried to rob Ringbloom in his front yard, and one shot at him ten times; a bullet hit Ringbloom in the left ass cheek and exited through his abdomen. He was released from the hospital about two weeks ago and has a long rehabilitation ahead. If you ever played a show, partied all night, or puked off the roof at Buddy, Paypal some bucks to to help cover his medical bills. The Co-Prosperity Sphere will host a benefit for Ringbloom this summer.

Local all-woman band Canadian Girlfriends—which includes guitarist Elisse La Roche (ex-Love of Everything) and bassist Sara Bassick (Johnny & the Limelites)—may be brand-new, but they've already got sweet buttons, more than 200 Facebook fans, and a musical spot in an indie movie called Saturn. They'll make their debut Sat 6/18, bringing their introspective, downcast indie-pop to the Josephinum Academy (1501 N. Oakley) for the third annual Girls Rock! Chicago camp kickoff party. Also among the eight acts on the lady-centric bill are Squish, White Mystery, and Psalm One; it's $5, $10 per family, and starts at 1 PM.

Local Dr. Demento fave Aaron Ackerson is launching Geekeasy, a free club night dedicated to nerd music. Clubgoers can finally dance to "video game music, Internet memes, nerdcore hip-hop, and chiptune." It's not exactly Friday night at Excalibur, but that's the point. Geekeasy debuts Sat 6/25 at Lucky Number Grill (1931 N. Milwaukee) and will feature an appearance by Internet-famous Chicagoan Samwell, the man behind the YouTube hit "What What in the Butt."

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