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Event Mon Jul 27 2009

Jessica Hopper is your Rock Advisor

girlsguidetorocking.jpgJessica Hopper (Chicagoian, music journalist, This American Life music consultant, and now author) has had a busy year finishing up her book The Girls' Guide To Rocking. We talk a lot about girls rocking on Transmission, but don't think you have to be a girl to pick up this book, or a kid for that matter. If you're a musician looking to start a band, or you're already in a band trying to figure out how to book gigs, or you're just interested in buying your first guitar or drum set, this book has everything you need to know that won't find anywhere else (unless, of course, your best-ie is already a successful musician...)

Jessica is currently on a break from her book tour, but this Thursday she will be reading from The Girls' Guide To Rocking at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.). The book tour resumes on August 19th in Oak Park and she will be joined by Katie Stelmanis and her 5 girl band and twin sister duo Ghost Bees. Dates and deets after the jump.

7/30 Chicago, IL @ Harold Washington Library: 1:30-3:30pm
book talk and interactive session

8/19 Oak Park, IL @ Oak Park Public Library: 7pm
reading & concert w/ Katie Stelmanis (all-ages, free)

8/20 Cleveland OH @ Visible Voice
(early bookstore event)

8/20 Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog Bar: 9pm
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees & Jessica DJ-ing ($4, all-ages)

8/21 Pittsburgh @ Garfield Art Works: 6:30pm
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees (all-ages)

8/22 Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield: 6pm
w/ These Are Powers & Katie Stelmanis & more bands TBA; DJ's MNDR & L-Train. ($7, 16+)

8/23 Baltimore TBA
w/ Katie Stelmanis

8/24 Washington DC @ Comet Pizza: 9pm
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees & more (all-ages)

8/25 Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees & Curtains of Night (all-ages)

8/26 Nashville, TN @ Grimey's: 6pm
w/Katie Stelmanis (all ages, free)

8/27 Champaign-Urbana, IL @ The Red Herring: 7pm
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees (7 pm, all-ages, $3-5)

8/28 Bloomington, IN @ Boxcar Books & Community Center
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees (free, all-ages)

8/29 Chicago @ The Hideout: 1-4pm
w/ Katie Stelmanis & Ghost Bees & Girls Rock Chicago camper bands ($4 kids, $7 adults)

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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
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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
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Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
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The Burlington
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Cubby Bear
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House of Blues
Kingston Mines
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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
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Dave's Records
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Drag City
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
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Smog Veil Records
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Thick Records
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