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Concert Thu Jan 11 2007

The Ponys: More than One Trick

All you ever wanted as a kid was a pony, right? Well, that and a jet pack.

Wish no more, honey, because the holidays are hitting late this year. That’s right, Mommy and Daddy got you The Ponys, who will be playing Schubas on Friday, January 12.

A bit of backstory: The Ponys formed in early 2001 in the Windy City, when singer/guitarist Jered Gummere joined forces with (ex-Guilty Pleasures), bassist Melissa Elias and drummer Nathan Jerde (ex-Mushuganas). After releasing a couple of well-received singles, and the subsequent full-length albums Laced with Romance and the almighty Albini-produced Celebration Castle, The Ponys experienced a bit of a staff turnover, which resulted in guitarist Brian Chase joining the band.

With that out of the way, here’s why you should be excited about seeing them play: the pretty Ponys have a brand-spankin’ new album, Turn the Lights Out, which will show up on shelves in March. I won’t spill too much now, but suffice to say the CD is very guitar-heavy in a deliciously post-punk/1970s prog rock fashion, and will rock your proverbial socks off. Check out the show to have a pre-listen. Indie-rocker Benjy Ferree has the honor of opening the show, unfortunately minus the jet pack.

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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

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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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