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Concert Thu Oct 25 2007

Bigger And Better Each Time In Town


Certain genres of music seem to have typical trajectories for bands lifespans.  The process of learning the tricks of the trade, paying your dues and hopefully making it big enough to at least muster a living via your band comes in various forms in all genres.  In the jamband genre it is general procedure to cut an album every year or so, then tour feverishly, hawking the album and building up a fan base slowly as you go.  After years of repeating this process, a tipping point will be reached and larger, more mainstream success will fall upon the band.   And while Lotus is certainly part of the post-jam movement, their rise up the ladder of live musical entertainment has followed the tried and true jamband formula.  Last year they played two comfortably full shows at Martyr's on a very tough Halloween weekend, returned in the spring the night before Easter and almost sold out the Abbey Pub.  Logically a better and slightly bigger venue would await them when the tour rolled into town again.  Playing at the Parkwest this Friday, Lotus' sound will resonate even better at a more modern and acoustical-minded venue.  The band is no stranger to theater shows having played to packed and sold out crowds in Denver, San Fransisco and along the East Coast for a couple years now. And their popularity now spreading nationwide.  With a new double disc live album, Escaping Sargasso Sea and the soon-to-be-released Copy/Paste/Repeat of Lotus songs remixed by the likes of Juan Maclean, DJ Harry and Lymbyc System, Lotus' catalog is expanding in sync with their fan base.  If you are looking for an affordable, energetic music experience, Lotus' varied array of styles from electronic to post-rock is a sure thing. Minimalistic progressive rockers Unwed Sailor open around 9 p.m.

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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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