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Concert Fri Jun 13 2008

A Night in the Box

anightinthebox_promo2.jpgIt is all too easy to listen to a band and drop them into a category or comparison, and then just leave them to fade away. On first listen, Write a Letter (May 27th Afternoon Records) from A Night in the Box, has very familiar sound in some parts. The band is billed as raw blues-rock fusion, but the vocals of Clayton Hagen come across a combination of Jimmy Page, Jack White, and the frizzy haired guy from Wolfmother. This is not a bad thing by an means, but I don’t want make this band sound likea Led Zepplin cover (see Lez Zepplin) because the newly added violin play of Kailyn Spencer has helped this band create something unique and very compelling.

Rounding out the band are Alex Dalton and Travis Hetman, and Alex, Travis, and Clayton have been friends since high school. Each member of the band sings on this album only adding to the complex nature of their sound. With banjos, harmonicas roaring, and guitars wailing, this Minnesota band prides itself on its live performances. Don’t miss their trademark fidoras or their soulful blues music!

[MP3] A Night in the Box – The Rich Man’s Table

A Night in the Box will be appearing at Elbo Room on June 15th with Bad River, Dynamic Box, and Malace Finn. The show starts at 8:30pm and tickets are $7. All shows at Elbo Room are 21+.

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thelottery / June 16, 2008 12:43 PM

FYI it's "Zeppelin" not "Zepplin."

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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
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
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Chicago Music Guide
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Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
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Live Fix Blog
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Oh My Rockness
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Beat Kitchen
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Empty Bottle
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Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
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The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
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Thick Records
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