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Minor Moon celebrate a new album of lush, stately folk rock 

Plus: Told Slant, Beach Bunny, and more play the Femifest DIY Arts and Music Festival, and Hooligan magazine throws itself a fifth-birthday party.

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click to enlarge Minor Moon, with front man and songwriter Sam Cantor second from left - ELMER MARTINEZ
  • Minor Moon, with front man and songwriter Sam Cantor second from left
  • Elmer Martinez

Last week local folk-rock outfit Minor Moon dropped their new album, An Opening, via the Midwest Action label. Singer-songwriter Sam Cantor weaves stately vocal harmonies and spacious arrangements around his ruminative, engaging melodies. Gossip Wolf is especially fond of the keyboard-saturated shuffle of "When You Notice (A Little Light)," which eventually bursts into a startlingly horn-heavy, almost jazzy outro. On Friday, February 15, Minor Moon will play a record-release show at Constellation with openers Niika and Storm Jameson.

Chicago's Bad Witch Club describe themselves as a "coven" and a "queer, feminist art collective" who curate live music, art, and more in order to give female and LGBTQ+ artists, organizers, and fans the spotlight. For their fifth annual Femifest DIY Arts and Music Festival, they've booked a magical lineup of musicians and performers, including Told Slant, Beach Bunny, Superknova, Molly Soda, and Glitter Moneyyy—and the event also features an art gallery, vintage resellers, and baked goods (vegan and otherwise). It runs the night of Friday, February 15, at the Auxiliary Art Center (3012 W. Belmont) and all day Saturday, February 16, at Hostel Earphoria (3464 W. Diversey). The organizers request a donation at the door of $10 (one day) or $15 (both days). You can also RSVP or donate via femifest.eventbrite.com.

Chicago arts and culture magazine Hooligan launched in January 2014, and on Saturday, February 16, it celebrates five years with a ten-hour party! New York indie rocker Mal Blum tops a bill otherwise stuffed with Chicagoans, among them singer-songwriter Tasha, genre-blending vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Akenya, and R&B artist Loona Dae. Poets Scout Kelly, José Olivarez, and Raych Jackson will also perform, and independent artisans will sell their wares. For tickets and more info (including the location), RSVP at hooliganmagazine.com/hooliganturnsfive.  v

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