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Chicago shoegaze saviors Panda Riot bring their album Infinity Maps to vinyl 

Plus: Dark Matter pairs its monthly limited coffee blend with a cassette of instrumental hip-hop, and psychedelic postpunks Cafe Racer celebrate the new Famous Dust.

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click to enlarge Panda Riot play an LP-release show Saturday at Beat Kitchen. - ANALU LOPEZ
  • Panda Riot play an LP-release show Saturday at Beat Kitchen.
  • Analu Lopez

Gossip Wolf somehow missed it when shoegazy Chicago dream-pop quartet Panda Riot dropped Infinity Maps last June, but the band are definitely on this wolf's radar now! To kick off February they released a warm-hued video for the standout cut "Night Animation," and on March 2 they'll finally put out an LP version of Infinity Maps (on 140-gram white vinyl). The ambitious 18-song album has more than enough shimmering guitars, swelling electronics, and sci-fi movie samples to soundtrack any recreational moper's dark (but totally pleasant) night of the soul. Fans of 90s UK acts like My Bloody Valentine and Lush should definitely take heed! Panda Riot celebrate with an LP-release show at Beat Kitchen on Saturday, February 17, sharing a bill with fellow local ethereal rockers Silver Liz and Sleepwalk.

The fine folks at Dark Matter not only make stellar coffee, they also know how to brew up great tunes. The roaster's limited monthly blend for February, Intellectual Curiosity, comes packaged with Electronic Buffet Vol. 1, a cassette of instrumental hip-hop curated by local label ETC Records—the tape shares its name with a live electronic-production series run by producer and ETC honcho Radius (formerly held at Double Door's Door No. 3, now sadly infrequent). Electronic Buffet Vol. 1 features more than a dozen ace local producers, including Shon Dervis, Tewz, and Fess Grandiose.

Over the past couple years Cafe Racer have become one of this wolf's favorite local rock groups. On Monday, February, 19, they headline the Empty Bottle to celebrate the release of their second album, Famous Dust, a blissed-out blur of droning postpunk and resplendent psych. As luck would have it, one of Gossip Wolf's favorite local rock labels, Maximum Pelt, is putting out Famous Dust on vinyl. You can grab a copy at Monday's release show; Ethers and Gosh! open, and the Maximum Pelt team DJs throughout the night.  v

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