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Concert Wed Nov 07 2007

My Brightest Diamond to Light Up Chicago

It is always refreshing to find some genuine musical maturity in a world of indie musicians taking themselves too seriously. Awe-inspiring vocal talent doesn’t hurt either. My Brightest Diamond, the solo-project of multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, brings to the table that and so much more. Worden grew up in Michigan and toured briefly as a part of Sufjan Steven’s Illinoisemakers, but broke onto the scene as My Brightest Diamond with her debut in 2006, Bring Me the Workhorse. A student of opera and classical music, this dive into avant-garde rock draws the listener into dark crevices of minor chords, string quartets, and penetrating vocals more akin to Nico and, yes, Whitney Houston than anyone on the scene today.

If you happened to catch the Decemberists play at the Riv early this year, you would have seen My Brightest Diamond’s formidable opening set, including a killer cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter”. Any doubts one had upon seeing a tiny chick fumbling with the size of a double-neck guitar were snuffed when she opened her mouth and hit the first note. My Brightest Diamond embarks on a headlining tour tomorrow, arriving in Chicago on Sunday at the Lakeshore Theater. Anyone looking for the thought-to-be-extinct feeling of being knocked over by a performance solely because of the music should check this out.

My Brightest Diamond @ Lakeshore Theater, Sun 11/11, 9 PM, $13
Also appearing: Tim Fite

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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


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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
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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