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Concert Wed Apr 18 2007

God of Thunder: limited engagement, two nights only!

The last time metal-bashing junk acrobat Z'ev played in Chicago, it was 1986, at a long-gone venue called N.A.M.E. Gallery. The event, captured on a 10" vinyl record housed in two heavy pieces of etched sheet metal and released by Chicago's Crippled Intellect Productions label (now out of print, I believe), played with the resonances of metal (grinding, heaving sounds, atmospheric whines giving way to compressed-air riot-horn shrieks) as well as the pounding sounds of metal against metal, with rhythms that sound like a Scottish pipe & drum percussionist playing the inside of a water tower. In the intervening 21 years, Z'ev has explored many other natural materials and media, creating a living sound-space that links the organic (dude) and the inorganic (stuff) into harmonious confluence (ker-POW!).

Z'ev returns to the Chicago area for the first time since N.A.M.E. Gallery with two shows on two consecutive nights. Tonight, check out Wicker Park's Enemy space (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd floor) for Z'ev pt. 1, along with Chicago experimental legend Illusion of Safety, whose own live appearances are rapidly becoming as rare as a $5 pitcher on Saturday night. 9 p.m., suggested donation $10. Tomorrow, the Empty Bottle will also host Z'ev, along with Sikhara (true "nomadic" ritual music ensemble), Vertonen (waves and tones, drones and tight spaces), and Magic is Kuntmaster (one-woman fairytale horrorshow). 9:30, $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

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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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