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Waffle Gang celebrates hip-hop Christmas at Jerry's 

Plus: Nonterrible holiday tunes at Logan Arcade and new music from shoegazers Lazy Legs

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Awdazcate of Waffle Gang, who celebrates his birthday at this weekend's rap karaoke

Awdazcate of Waffle Gang, who celebrates his birthday at this weekend's rap karaoke

Courtesy Shawn Childress

'Tis the season for hip-hop and waffles—or at least it is at Jerry's in Wicker Park. Next week the restaurant, bar, and venue hosts two events with the city's preeminent breakfast-food-­obsessed rap squad, Waffle Gang! On Saturday, December 19, Waffle Gang leader Shawn Childress (aka rapper, singer, and producer Awdazcate) celebrates his 40th birthday as part of the weekly rap-­karaoke party at Jerry's (with music by Encyclopedia Brown). It's Native Tongues night, so come ready to bust out some Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, or A Tribe Called Quest; the fun starts at 9 PM, and there's no cover. Then on Wednesday, December 23, Waffle Gang returns to Jerry's for Kwistmas, a holiday hip-hop jamboree featuring live sets by Mack Nito, Al Tamper, the $hoots, Monsoon, and Spqher. Chris Ill will spin a Biggie vs. Tupac set; it's also at 9 PM, and cover is $5.

Even if Christmas music makes you want to claw your eyes out, you're probably willing to tolerate a few holiday tunes—the ones that don't sound like they were manufactured to be piped into a Starbucks. At 9 PM on Thursday, December 17, Logan Arcade hosts Holiday Obscura at 45 RPM, its second ­annual Christmas party, which features DJs Andy Cirzan and John Soss, whose stashes of seven-­inches include lesser-known (and higher-­quality) seasonal jams. Admission is free.

Last week newish Chicago shoegaze band Lazy Legs dropped a simmering, hazy new single called "Ghost" via Bandcamp, and after a few listens this wolf is totally haunted by its ethereal tones! The trio includes guitarist Michael Tenzer of Gossip Wolf psych-gaze faves Savage Sister, and they plan to release a cassette EP on local label Wild Patterns in January.  v

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