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Concert Wed Sep 19 2007

Nashville's Giant Bear Live @ Red Line Tap


Americana/roots rock/alt country (or whatever it's called this week) can easily veer into a rut deeper than delta mud. Take your generally average indie washouts, add a used steel guitar and some twang, and you have an operable, but uninspiring band. A quick listen to Giant Bear’s self-titled debut album quickly separates this kernel of wheat from the usual chaff. Their sound veers from something like a less edgy Steve Earle to Cowboy Junkies poetics, Allman-esque southern drivers to a funk based Country take on “Head Like a Hole.” This band is as improbably effective as the Decemberists but with a working-man’s blue collar rather than puffy Victorian shirts.

After touring hard behind their first album, Giant Bear hits the road again, working out new material for an upcoming release that has supposedly garnered some label interest. It’s hard to fault their concept or execution, and reviews of their live shows drip with superlatives, so their show Friday 9/21 at the Red Line Tap in Rogers Park should be a good one. After all, isn’t high concept more fun with one foot in the gutter?

[mp3] "Nashville" - Giant Bear

Giant Bear plays 10pm, Friday, 9/21 at the Red Line Tap, $5
They will also perform on WLUW's "Full on Friday" radio show at 3pm, 9/21

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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


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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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Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
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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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