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Concert Thu Jun 14 2007

Of disfigured stingrays and ex-burn wards

East Coast (as well as points further inland) is representin' at Enemy this Friday (8:30 p.m.; 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor; $5 donation). It's a grab-bag of musical styles, all of them shrouded in great mystery.

They used to call him Burn Ward, but now they don't at his request. Benny Nelson (of Boston, MA) operated under this nom de noise for three years before jettisoning it and its tough-guy associations to perform under his own initials, BRN. I haven't heard this new incarnation, but I do know that in his past life, Benny could shear a sheep with his high-ends alone, and as a member of the long-running power electronics ensemble Fire in the Head, you can bet that his gift to you shall not be perfumed or demure.

New Jersey-ite 2673 is know to many by his dizzying array of split releases with other artists, ranging from Jessica Rylan to Chicago's own Kevin Drumm. He runs this Bone Tooth Horn tape label, and seems to get expoenentially better with each recorded outing.

A Jenny Haniver is a dried-up cuttlefish or stingray that's carved by sailors, varnished, and sold as a gross little figurine to tourists. You learn something new every day, huh? Another thing that is a Jenny Haniver is New Jersey experimental legend-in-the-making King Darves. This is the kind of guy that's got folks disclaimering with things like "I normally HATE this kind of stuff, but THIS guy is GOOD." So, if you hate this kind of stuff, c'mon down anyway, because THIS guy is GOOD!

Then there's Adam Strohm. His output may be slim (does he even have a record out yet?), and his appearances infrequent, but this Chicagoan will wow you with his delicate but full-frequency audio drama. Come see what the fuss is all about.

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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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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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