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Introducing Keren Ann

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By simply naming her fifth studio album, and her first entirely sung in English, Keren Ann, the Israeli-born, Paris-raised singer seems to have taken on a self-confidence. Already well known in France, Keren made her US debut on the Blue Note Records imprint, Metro Blue, in 2004 with Not Going Anywhere, a collection of gentle lullabies. She followed up with Nolita, a half-French, half-English affair inspired by the New York neighborhood she lived. Both Anywhere and Nolita are worthy listens — especially if you're a fan of Cat Power or Juana Molina — but they still didn't bring her the fame of her label mate Norah Jones (which is probably a good thing). However, Keren Ann could change all that. Recorded in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Iceland and Israel, Keren Ann is as cosmopolitan as its locales, though it never comes across as trying too hard. The album's standout single, "Lay Your Head Down," is a folky-pop song that starts out with Karen's Dylan-esque delivery amongst handclaps, before ending in a wash of melancholy strings, that just as well could become as ubiquitous as one of Miss Jones'.

Listen to "Lay Your Head Down."

Keren Ann visits the Lakeshore Theater, 3175 N Broadway, on Sunday. Former Luna members Dean & Britta open the show. Show's at 9pm, tix are $20.

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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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