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Watch This

Watchers are a good example of Chicago band dichotomy.

Take their frontman, singer/keyboardist Michael Guarrine. As Watchers opened for The Eternals at a recent show, Guarrine appeared a slight, bald, well-dressed man, looking for all the world like the equally awkward David Byrne. Moments later, however, he was a wildman, contorting and humping audience members while band members, guitarist Ethan D'Ercole, bassist Chris Kralik, drummer Jess Birch, and percussionist Damien Thompson looked on.

Their latest album, Vampire Driver, doesn't betray the dichotomy, but sticks to its wildman story. Opening with "Chess Champion," the song proves a jangly, raw-nerved jaunt indicative, of the rest of the CD. Which is not to say there aren't plenty of grooves present: tracks like "Young One" and "Crumbs" add hips a-swinging to the mix. No Wave legend James Chance (Contortions) also shows up, as do fellow Chicagoans Damon Locks and Wayne Montana from The Eternals and Trenchmouth, but where The Eternals are beefing up their sonic layering, Watchers seem intent on doing just the opposite, evident on the angular "S.I.S.I.A.I." and "I Don't Want It."

Experience the hip shakin', audience humpin' good time for yourself at the Vampire Driver CD release party at Schubas on June 2. Jai Alai Savant and the aforementioned Eternals will be opening, so make sure to wear dancing pants.

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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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