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Concert Thu Aug 23 2007

60 Antelopes per Lion is not only a good's the ANIMAL LAW (tonight)

Clockwise from top: Lovely Little Girls, Fat Worm of Error, a tape by Youth of the Beast, and a pic I found while Google Image Searching for "Animal Law"

Tonight at Enemy (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor), a humid and rain-besotted Wicker Park jams out to a Bacchanalian orgy of sweaty riffs, purposely shambling costume-rock, one man-drum-army hallucinations, and the sweet sweet sounds of a little child crying over spilt birthday cake.

Animal Law, a new supergroup featuring members of Cheer-Accident, Gunshop, Gays in the Military, Vertonen, and Bloodyminded, performs their second-ever show tonight. It's a rough amalgam of (early) Swans, Harvey Milk, Khanate...stuff like that. Slow. Plodding. Gruesome sights, the kind you just can't stop staring at.

Fat Worm of Error come all the way from Allston, MA, bringing a dazzling array of googly eyes, unsafe costumes (keep them away from open stairwells, please), and fretfully splattery noise-rock. Their CD on Load Records (Pregnant Babies Pregnant with Pregnant Babies), along with many self-released tapes and CDrs (no doubt with spray paint and googly eyes all over them) will be available for sale. Support the out-of-town dudes!

Youth of the Beast features a member of Iowa City's Racoo-oo-oon, a one man singing, drumming, and screeching machine.

Also from Chicago, Lovely Little Girls, featuring frontman/visual artist Greg Jacobsen (watch for my feature story on his recently-released Ritualistic School of Errors CD/DVD set next week!), raise a ruckus with a sound like a metallic version of the early (good) era of Public Image Limited, filtered through a Brecht sensibility, and drizzled with imagery of babies with poopy diapiers, little girls who have dropped their lollipops onto anthills (but continue to lick them anyway), and naughty little anthropomorphic children made to stand in the corner and think about what they've done, plotting their revenge on mommy. If you don't have unsettling dreams after this, you are WAY too jaded.

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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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