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News Mon Aug 18 2008

"The Best of What's Next..."

Paste Magazine just announced that their September issue will feature their "The Best of What's Next - 26 Artists You Can't Miss". They will highlight 26 artist that they feel will make an impact in the year ahead. Paste claims to be among the first US press to spotlight Franz Ferdinand, The Arctic Monkeys, Josh Ritter, Sufjan Stevens, Jamie Cullum, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Damien Rice, Brandi Carlile, and many more. This years list has many names that the music fan will recognize, and even a few names that have been blog favorites for the last couple of years (Los Campesinos!, Islands, Bon Iver, etc). Yet, the most disappointing part of this list is that, with all of the excitement and activity in both Chicago's hip hop and avant-rock music scenes, there is not one Chicago name on the list. No Cool Kids, No Chandeliers, No Icy Demons, No Hollywood Holt, No Ezra Furman, nothing. A complete oversight, I will let you be the judge. However, if there was one name that I would say I was happy to see included it would be Dent May. The small town boy from Mississippi deserves some major attention. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Bon Iver - Eau Claire, WI
Islands - Montreal, Canada
Janelle Monáe - Atlanta, GA
Johnny Flynn - London, England
The Bridges - Oxford, AL
Ben Sollee - Louisville, KY
Jamie Lidell - Berlin, Germany
Wild Sweet Orange - Birmingham, AL
Mugison - Ísafjörõur, Iceland
Right Away, Great Captain! - Atlanta, GA
Katie Herzig - Nashville, TN
Brooke Waggoner - Nashville, TN
The Dodos - San Francisco, CA
The Everybodyfields - Knoxville, TN
Amy Macdonald - Glasgow, Scotland
Los Campesinos! - Cardiff, Wales
Slow Runner - Charleston, SC
Black Kids - Jacksonville, FL
White Rabbits - New York (via St. Louis)
Samantha Crain - Shawnee, OK
Langhorne Slim - Langhorne, PA
Joshua James - Provo, UT (via Lincoln, NE)
Liam Finn - Auckland, New Zealand
Wale - Washington, DC
Alela Diane - Portland, OR (via Nevada City, CA)
Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele - Taylor, MS

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Sheila / August 19, 2008 9:21 AM

Black Kids? Seriously? I just don't get it.

I'm happy to see Langhorne Slim on the list.

tankboy / August 19, 2008 12:42 PM

There's no Ezra Furman because he's totally boring. Went to check him out last night and was stunned by how pedestrian he was after hearing so much hype about him. I mean, he seems like a nice enough guy, but what exactly are folks fawning over?

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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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