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Concert Fri Feb 02 2007

Bears vs. Colts? How about Rats vs. Ponys!

Coming down from the ecstasy high of a Bears Super Bowl victory won't be easy - and if they lose, let's not kid ourselves, the self-loathing lows will be deep and long-lasting. To pre-empt the Monday comedown, try out a double dose of quirky pop at the Empty Bottle Sunday night at 9:30. Opening local act We Will Eat Rats To Survive received a Worst Band Name of 2006 nod from the Onion's AV Club, but their Myspace page quotes a section from Louise Erdrich's Tales of Burning Love that seems to place their band name in a more philosophically enlightened position. Either way, as another group on the "Say Hi To Your Own Pet By The Trail of Dead" name bandwagon or as band representative of human striving against Darwinian odds, We Will Eat Rats deliver musically with quirky acoustic and banjo-laden pop that recalls Oh No! Oh My! and They Might Be Giants. Headliners Pony Up! take an all-female approach to the now familiar sounds of Montreal-based indie rock. Just like We Will Eat Rats, Pony Up! seem dead set on bearing the ugly truth of existence - just take the wistful harmonies of existentially disturbingly entitled single "The Truth About Cats And Dogs (Is That They Die)" off of their latest LP Make Love To The Judges With Your Eyes. Whichever way you look at it, the Empty Bottle show should be a sobering indie pop fest to bring you back from the world of men who play games for six-figure salaries to the real rat race of which you are a part. Hmm, I'm feeling that self-loathing comedown already.

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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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