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Review Tue Oct 10 2006

Last Night: At the Metro

Grizzly BearA concert-goer who saw Grizzly Bear at the Empty Bottle last fall could be forgiven for being confused by the apparent switcheroo that took place at the Metro last night: despite having the same line-up, 2005's incarnation of the band was an entirely different animal. Transforming what was essentially frontman Ed Droste's solo project into a four-man affair has had its effect. Unlike its somewhat shambling past, the band played its experimental soundscapes tightly, not to mention loudly. Drummer Chris Bear, of local origin, shouted out to "family and friends," and his homecoming was a triumphant one. Indeed, each member of the band impressed at various points -- multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor even brought out a clarinet. But perhaps the biggest change was in Dan Rossen's role. As Droste made clear in an interview with Pitchfork, these days, Rossen writes and sings a good chunk of the songs, including some of the more affecting ones. Grizzly Bear still have some maturing to do in terms of presentation on stage -- while the music spoke for itself, they could have been more engaging -- but they've made significant strides in building a wall of sound on Droste's original brick. (The band opened for TV on the Radio, who played a typically passionate set. The pairing of these acts was actually rather inspired -- both venture into post-rock, but with different takes on the concept. While Grizzly Bear embraces folk influence, TVOTR hearkens back to soul. In other words, two great tastes that taste great together.)

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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