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Concert Fri Mar 30 2007

The Dawning of Willy Joy

I love those moments when you realize that something special is happening, that you've been lucky enough to stumble upon a rare talent just before it hits. I spend a lot of time searching for those moments, with dubious results. Oftentimes I just end up drunk, desperately trying drown with booze the plaintive wails of some trustafarian art student who has discovered that the true sound of his soul is best expressed by taking 18V of Makita's finest to a xylophone during some emo-ass guitar song with no dance break. It's a crappy price to pay, but someone's got to do it. And I don't mind drinking, so there you go.

Other times, purely by chance, I get lucky. New Year's Eve I was in the middle of a pretty rowdy dance floor when Willy Joy, the DJ, went for the gold and cued up "Dick in a Box." Then he took that extra step and played it again, back to back. That's special, right there. That shit was a moment.

And now, with the release of his 80's/hip-hop/electro-tastic mixtape, FLYBYNIGHT Vol. 1, and a solid gig schedule, including a residence at The Underground Lounge, it looks like the rest of you fools better get ready, cause Willy Joy's coming out huge this month. Catch him tomorrow at Tini Martini for Team Bang Gang, April 5th and 12th at Schubas for DJ's Upstairs, and April 26th for the aforementioned FLYBYNIGHT residence night at The Underground Lounge, this month with DJ Ayres from The Rub. I recommend half a bottle of tequila and the indelible image of JT with a box on his dick to get the full experience, but I'm jaded as all hell at this point. See you on the dance floor.

Team Bang Gang with Willy Joy, Saturday, March 31st at Tini Martini, 2169 N Milwaukee Ave. 9pm, 21+

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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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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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Park West
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