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Music & Film Wed Feb 06 2008

Want 2 C U2-3D?

While we're still months away from the official start of Chicago's outdoor music season, you can still have some fun (in kooky, oversized glasses, no less) sans grass stains and mystery bruises that inevitably follow a general admission arena show. Just sit back and enjoy as U2 performs in 3D at your neighborhood IMAX theater. Lucky as we are, in Chicago, to have several IMAX theaters to choose from (those showing the U2-3D film include the Navy Pier, Woodridge and Lincolnshire locations), it's really a swell winter treat to get to bask in the glow of Bono and the boys sweating thru a 90-minute set recorded across seven shows on their "Vertigo" tour. The production is actually quite entertaining (and avoids stupid 3D tricks like tossing things towards the audience) and there are only a few moments where I felt that Bono was invading my personal space just a bit too much (Aah! Bono!). You can buy your tickets ahead of time, and even pick out that perfect seat in the middle, about three-quarters of the way up the stadium seats (a luxury that wasn't afforded to the concert-goers who enjoyed the same view you'll get from this movie). Perks include getting to watch some serious South American U2 Superfans get really in to singing along to "One" as well as the dozens of white tanktop-clad girls (was there a dresscode mandate I was unaware of?) perched atop their boyfriend's shoulders throughout the show. For once, you're close enough to Bono to really see the detail of his many blazers, hear the music without wandering around to get clear of the subwoofer, and enjoy a show without some sweaty dude harshing your afternoon (unless, you happen to bring that guy to theater, and really, that's your own problem). Check out the trailer and find a theater nearby online.

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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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