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Concert Thu Apr 10 2008

Man Man & Yeasayer play Chicago, next Wednesday

Step right up, step right up and see for yourselves. With limbs and beards a-flailin', the howling hirsute mass that is the Philly fivesome Man Man hits town to play a headlining show at the Logan Square Auditorium next Wednesday night.

The band's new, and third, album is out this very week. Entitled Rabbits Habits, it features plenty of new tunes that'll make folks want to stomp around, jump on the bed, and maybe lick up the last spillings of gin off the cabaret floor. Yeah sure, the too-tidy production and mixing often tosses a wet blanket over the trashcan fire of the band's demented cartoon caterwauling; but that only reinforces what anyone who's ever seen the group perform already knows -- that the best way to experience Man Man's beet-faced bellowing sing-a-longs and Waitsian batshit ballyhoo is live and in person.

And if Man Man's "Viking-vaudeville, manic gypsy jazz" isn't enough to cap off your evening, then they'll raise you a round of some "Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel" as well; because they're bringing the hubbub-raising Yeasayer along with them to open up for the evening. These fellahs are scoring their own take on the End Times like a pack of fledgling Andrew Lloyd Webers, and they've been rolling in the accolades, because -- thanks to them -- never has the twilight of Western Civ sounded so downright sexy. So if your head ain't spinning already, it will be soon enough. With that kind of start-to-finish fervor and theatrical spark, this show may likely be the most enervating double-billing of the season. The line forms to the right. Careful of that curtain there, little lady. You're quite welcome.

Man Man and Yeasayer play the Logan Sqaure Auditorium on Wednesday, April 16. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 2539 N Kedzie. Showtime is 9 PM.

[video]: Man Man – In the studio (Pitchfork profile)
[video]: Man Man – "10 lb. Moustache"
[video]: Yeasayer – "Wait For The Summer"

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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

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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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