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Thursday, June 30

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« Strange Strings (Lampo Winter concert series) Wolf Eyes, Rubber-O-Cement, No Fucker @ Empty Bottle (Saturday) »

Concert Thu Feb 21 2008

"Hey you...don't watch that, watch this! This is the heavy heavy monster sound!"

"Pictures and Sounds" is an annual event hosted by WHPK (88.5 FM) in which musicians improvise soundtracks to silent films. Past events have brought out folk musicians working with Harry Smith films, free jazz orchestras accompanying the Vienna Aktionists, as well as moments less combative. This year's event goes right for the jugular, though, with industrial waste a-plenty and few hummable hooks to be found among the bones.

  • The Fortieth Day bring their resident video-shape-shifter Noise Crush (aka Lisa Slodki) for barren landscapes set to uneasy REM cycles
  • Ghost Ice, St. Louis' most beloved, shall no doubt once again cement his reputation as "out of town guy who brings out even the most reclusive too-cool-for-school Chicago concert-goers with his awesomeness"
  • Mykel Boyd turns conventional electronics into 53 different words for snow
  • Mac Blackout (of the Functional Blackouts) eats tapes for breakfast, and walks out on the check

It all goes down on Saturday at 6 p.m. (starts early in case you wanna haul ass uptown to see Wolf Eyes and Rubber-O-Cement [and by golly, you should]), and it's FREE. 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Room 310.

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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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Park West
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