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Concert Thu May 01 2008

A New (Mannequin) Man


Chicago’s very own Mannequin Men will once again embrace the glamour that is the Empty Bottle, but this time bassist Rick Berger will not join them. According to their semi-new blog, Berger has left the group to join his fiancé in doing that whole move to New York to start a new life thing. The split was amicable, so there should be no fall out or bad vibes when new bassist (and blogger from the Chicago Reader’s Crickets music site) Miles Raymer joins the group for a warm up in Cincinnatti before his hometown debut at the corner of Western and Cortez.

The band seemingly has no worries, but the first couple shows with a new member are always chaotic and somewhat loose. But for a band that feeds off those qualities, now may be a good time to reintroduce yourself to the Mannequin Men, because if you miss this show, you will miss the best house party you never went to in college and one of the best live bands in Chicago will rock on without you. Tis all good, though, they play the Flameshovel showcase with Maritime at the Double Door on May 25th as a consolation prize.

The show is May 2nd at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave.) with openers Sic Alps set to go on around 8pm. Tyvek and, then the Mannequin Men, to follow, but ask around for the after show spot, as these guys usually do their city proud on gig night. Tickets are $8 in advance and can be bought here on the web or by phone (866-468-3401). You can also wait and get them for $10 at the door. If you don’t already have a copy of their excellent Flameshovel debut, Fresh Rot, you can pick up a copy here or stream samples of all the songs here.

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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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