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Finding Music The Old Fashioned Way


In today's online music machine, finding quality, new music is easier then ever. Whether you are cruising around Myspace, checking out the blogs or getting a link to killer song from a friend via email, the Internet has made this generation the most exciting in music history. Word of mouth from people whose musical opinion you respect is the most effective way to find new bands in my mind. And that's exactly how I caught on to soon-to-be buzz band Dr. Dog, albeit in somewhat unconventional means. Some friends of mine are in a band called Lotus in Philadelphia. Last fall when they were on tour and came through Chicago they told me about another Philly band they were into called Dr. Dog. But they hadn't discovered them at a small club show, ran across an article in a local paper or even heard about Dr. Dog online. They discovered this off-the-wall group one night as they where leaving one of their apartments and heard an interesting sound coming from a house next door, a sound of a well-polished group of musicians. After introductions, one thing led to another and Lotus met Dr. dog and subsequently I started checking out clips and MP3s of theirs online.

Fast forward to February of this year and the release of Dr. Dog's fifth album, We All Belong. The follow up to the oft acclaimed Easy Beat and EP Takers And Leavers, Dr. Dog used their new found recognition for not and self produced the album but with better equipment then previous releases. What came of the sessions was a tighter, crisper sound but still some of the lo-fi feeling of their previous releases. Still crammed full of Sixties-era psychedelic pop, We All Belong doesn't delve as much into the flowery sounds as it does the oddities and abstractions of that genre, but the cheery aspects of the album are still evident. They bring their eclectic mash of sounds to the Empty Bottle tonight with equally psychedelic and varied in sound, Apollo Sunshine. Park The Van label mates The High Strung open.

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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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