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Jordan Reyes of Moniker Records moves back to Chicago with a new tape label 

Plus: Singer-songwriter Micha and hip-hop producer Nasim Willams drop singles, and Wicker Park’s Bourbon on Division hosts a stacked rap show.

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Jordan Reyes performing as Reverent (then called Taphophile) at Nothing Changes in New York - NIKKI SNEAKERS
  • Jordan Reyes performing as Reverent (then called Taphophile) at Nothing Changes in New York
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Moniker Records co-owner Jordan Reyes tells Gossip Wolf that he's long planned to move back to Chicago from Minneapolis, and this month he became a local yokel again. Welcome back! As usual, Reyes has plenty on his plate, including a new tape label called American Damage with two releases on Friday, January 19. Autumn Casey of east-coast noise-rock duo Snakehole makes her solo debut with This Is No Dream, which Reyes describes as "a creepy piano/musique concréte type thing." The other tape, Live Exorcism 2017, is from a September set by Reyes's industrial solo project Reverent (formerly Reverence), which uses almost exclusively voices as sound sources. If you've ever wondered what Suicide's Alan Vega would sound like singing doo-wop about cocaine psychosis, you'll want to nab a copy. Reverence tours the southeast and east coast in February—and that same month, Moniker drops its next release, the full-length debut of Minneapolis queer-punk squad Royal Brat.

On Friday, January 12, singer-songwriter Micha (aka Michelle J. Rodriguez) headlines the Hideout to celebrate the release of the first single on her forthcoming EP, a tender, acoustic version of "Cucurrucucú Paloma," a 1954 classic by Mexican composer Tomás Méndez. A portion of the show's proceeds go to Puerto Rico Independent Musicians & Artists, a campaign to raise money for musicians on the island suffering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Last month ace local hip-hop producer Nasim Williams gave Gossip Wolf an early listen to "Highway," a dreamy number featuring local rappers Sisi Dior, K'Valentine, and ShowYouSuck. The tune dropped Monday—give it a spin and tell 'em this wolf sent ya!

If you haven't been to newish hot spot Bourbon on Division (2050 W. Division), you might want to pop in Saturday, January 13. Pivot Gang rapper MFnMelo headlines a show with Sage, the 64th Wonder; Ajani Jones; Angry Blackmen; and DJ Skoli.  v

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