Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Tuesday, March 28

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Chicago lawmakers' myopic music legislation Prairie Spies @ the Empty Bottle »

Concert Tue May 13 2008

Wrestle With God


“I struggle with all the energy that’s powerfully inspired with in me… I wrestle with God all night long in my bed.”

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing a writer who has complied a collection of stories, essays, poem, comics, and clippings all focused on one topic… insomnia. His name is Steven Lee Beeber and the book is called Awake!: A Reader for the Sleepless. After our conversation, I began to think of those nights I spent exhausted, crawling into bed and finally having my head hit the pillow. The second I close my eyes flashes of light, heat, images of everything I hadn’t finished or even started that day begin to swirl and jump. Thoughts, like tiny explosions of energy, illuminate the night as I wrestle with sleep and seldom win.

A song that occasionally fills these wake/sleep moments is “Wrestle With God” by Birmingham based Wild Sweet Orange (WSO). The idea that the constant thoughts and battles in my head are actually a struggle or conversation with God has always intrigued me. Behind the old soul, 23 year-old Preston Livinggood, WSO creates roots music that speaks to the heart and romances the mind. Aside from releasing a wonderful ep (known as The Whale Ep) last November, they have been actively touring and recording for six months straight, and have tour dates scheduled through June. You can see a full list of dates and venues at their myspace page. Their full-length debut, We Have Cause to Be Uneasy, will be released via Canvasback Music on July 15th.

[mp3] Wild Sweet Orange - Wrestle With God

Wild Sweet Orange will be appearing at The Metro tonight with David Ford and Augustana. Doors open at 6:00pm and tickets are $17.50.
Image by David McClister

GB store
GB store

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.

Read this feature »


  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

GB store


Featured Series


Transmission on Flickr

Join the Transmission Flickr Pool.

About Transmission

Transmission is the music section of Gapers Block. It aims to highlight Chicago music in its many varied forms, as well as cover touring acts performing in the city. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Sarah Brooks,
Transmission staff inbox:



Transmission Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15