Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Tuesday, December 1

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr


GB store

Deerhunter's Experimental Sound At The Bottle

Deerhunter's sound is rather eclectic. It's a bit psychedelic, a bit art rock and doses of shoe gaze thrown in for good measure. The Atlanta band has drawn comparisions to Sigur Ros, Interpol and even Sonic Youth. While thier style isn't for everyone, catching them live at the Empty Bottle to see what all the fuss is about should be worth the cover. Nudge opens. Get tickets here.

Minty Fresh DJ night @ Subterranean

Subterranean presents Shut Up and Listen!!, a DJ night curated by Minty Fresh Records. Along with some exciting records, you will also get to experience a live performance by Astrid Swan. The show goes from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM, it's a 21+ show, and there's no cover charge. Subterranean: 2011 W. North Avenue. (773) 278-6600.

An Arctic Odyssey @ Newberry

Edmund Thornton took part in two expeditions to the Arctic during the sumers of 1949 and 1950. Tonight, as part of the Newberry's Wednesday Club series, Thorton will talk about his experiences with the Native Inuit in North Greenland and traveling to the North Pole. Admission is $9 and includes wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments. Reception begins at 5:30pm; the program begins at 6:15pm. For information, call 312-255-3510 or visit

Guru and Jazzmatazz @ House of Blues

Now on its fourth release, Gangstarr's former frontman Guru expanded his repoitoire and began to explore a jazz and hip-hop fusion, to mixed results critically and commercially. He'll bring this to the HOB; tickets available here. Show at 9, doors at 7:30.

Dave Specter & Jimmy Johnson @ Buddy Guy's Legends

Guitarist Dave Specter has built a solid fan base, despite the fact that he doesn't sing, by pairing up over the course of his career with some great vocalists, as well as providing the restraint and taste that is all too frequently absent in modern blues. He's a crossover performer as well, playing jazz with as much facility as blues. For the second year in a row, he's going to be on the Chicago Blues Festival this year, and plays overseas festivals quite frequently, but when he's home we're lucky enough to be able to catch him in a club environment like this. What makes this appearance special is the special guest, veteran guitarist Jimmy Johnson, whose playing has been magnificently taut and elegant in recent appearances. This show should be the best kind of headcuttin' : slow and thorough, with an emphasis on tone instead of volume. 9:30 PM, Buddy Guy's Legends, as of right now still at 754 S. Wabash, 312-427-0333.

Tony Hoagland and Dean Young @ Chicago Public Library

The Poetry Foundation is celebrating National Poetry Month by presenting this reading by "two of poetry's sharpest wits" See them tonight at 6 PM, 400 S State, in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. Free, but reservations are required: call 312-787-7070 . For more information, visit the website.

Chicagoans "Break Up" With Boeing Party/Protest @ Daley Plaza 5pm

It's been a few years now since Chicago lured Boeing away from Seattle with a rich package of subsidies and accommodation, and today hundreds of Chicagoans are expected to symbolically "break up" with Boeing. The sponsoring group, Committee to Kick Boeing to the Curb (CKBC), has organized this creative protest/party and has collected dozens of songs for their "Boeing Break-Up Mix CD" to listen to on the way from Daley Plaza to Boeing HQ. The group cites the companies status as the 2nd largest military contractor and as a locally based company as their motives for organizing. For more information check out the poster or show up at Daley Plaza at 5pm.



GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15