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Super Furries Bring the Tunes, Tone Down the Rest

The resurgence of Welsh rock music in the 1990s produced numerous good or even great acts that found success in pockets across Europe while remaining relatively unknown in the United States. But slipping between the Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics who followed familiar trends of being idolized across the pond and ignored here, Super Furry Animals took a different route by somehow being consistent in their work and fame. They've been lauded similarly in the UK and US for a tremendous string of top-notch albums, including perhaps the most successful Welsh language rock album of all-time.

Owing their successes to well-received singles and albums, a little luck, some famous fans, and an extraordinary live show, the Super Furries have come a long way since their techno and ambient music beginnings gave way to a more guitar-driven psychedelic rock sound. Since then they've dabbled in drum & bass, garage rock, electronica, soul, etc.

In the past the band has wowed audiences with a full audio/visual performance that begins as soon as the openers stop playing and ends minutes after SFA has left the stage. This time around, though, they're touring lighter and presenting a stripped-down rock'n'roll show that brings to the forefront the music instead of the gimmicks. (Although, the music has always been excellent behind the costumes, designs and go carts.) They'll support their first Rough Trade album, Hey Venus!, at Metro on Saturday. Columbus, OH's Times New Viking and New York's Jeffrey Lewis open the show at 9PM.

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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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  & 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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