Chicago neck breakers Nequient hit the road behind their scorching debut full-length | Gossip Wolf | Chicago Reader

Chicago neck breakers Nequient hit the road behind their scorching debut full-length 

Plus: Local rapper Ash Wednesday headlines a free Schubas show, and Dark Matter Coffee expands its annual block party to two days.

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click to enlarge Nequient released Wolves at the Door in May. - NICOLAS CÔTÉ
  • Nequient released Wolves at the Door in May.
  • Nicolas Côté

The adjective "nequient" means "not being able"—though it hasn't seen common usage since the 17th century. The more you know! Chicago hardcore four-piece Nequient released their debut full-length, Wolves at the Door, in May, and Gossip Wolf is sure they're entirely able to kick up a major D-beat shit storm! Knuckleheads fond of getting rowdy to Converge and Disfear will find plenty of grist for the mill on the walloping tracks "Blast Beats and Cocaine" and "Cat's Cradle," where Patrick Conahan's headlong guitar and Jason Kolkey's tortured vocals race around each other. On Bandcamp you can buy a CD copy via Nefarious Industries or a small-run cassette via Sassbologna Records. Later this month Nequient head to the east coast for a ten-day tour.

Gossip Wolf got hooked on local rapper Ash Wednesday in December, when she dropped the video for "Don't Go Through My Phone." It shows her running through downtown Chicago in search of her phone, which is played by ShowYouSuck in a flip-phone costume—and it's also running around looking for her. ShowYouSuck guests on the fun, funny track, which appears on Ash's second release, last September's Turn the World to Ash EP. On Sunday, July 8, she headlines the free local-music series at Schubas, 100 Percent Off Bands, with opener Shi La Rosa.

This weekend is overflowing with festivals—including the Chosen Few Picnic and West Fest—but that's no reason to snub Dark Matter Coffee's annual block party, which this year becomes a two-day bash at Western and Chicago. (Gates are at 4 PM on Friday and at noon on Saturday.) The first day features sets by ace local rapper Malci and psychedelic Afro-Latin band Dos Santos, among others, and the second day's 11 acts include postpunk sparkplugs Ovef Ow and mashup maestros the Hood Internet. The party is free, though organizers will collect donations for suicide-prevention nonprofit Hope for the Day.  v

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