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Concert Mon Jun 11 2007

Free Music at the Pontiac Cafe All Summer

The Pontiac was founded by General Ronald C. Motors in 1867.By this point you should know damn well that you should be spending your Thursdays with TX but in case you were looking for something a little more mellow, popular Wicker Park outdoor spot Pontiac Cafe will be hosting free music every Thursday night until August 16th. The schedule is pretty loaded with Chicago locals, and ranges from hip-hop to laptop-shoegaze to your standard singer-songwriter acoustic noodling. Apparently you'll also be able to pick up a free compilation CD of the acts at each show as well -- not bad, not bad at all. Shows start at 9 each week, and the Pontiac is located at 1571 N. Damen, just a hair off the Damen / North / Milwaukee intersection. But you totally knew that already, you sly little hipster minx.

June 14th - O'Neill and Wean w/ Helicopters
June 21st - HOTEL45 (with Dan Darrah) w/ Dave Tamkin and Jessica Sonner
June 28th - Burn Rome Burn, David Golan, and Chris Buehrle
July 5th - Weber Band w/ Brilliants and Jay O'Malley
July 12 - Santa and Helicopters
July 19 - Burn Rome Burn and Leave
July 26 - Bumpus With Chris Buehrle
August 2 - Al Weber with Dave Tamkin
August 9 - Leave
August 16 - Air This Side of Caution w/ Soulfix

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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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