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Tuesday, January 31

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Review: Arctic Monkeys @ Metro


All photos by Andy Keil for Gapers Block

Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago isn't just about sweating with the masses in Grant Park. Since the festival retired the touring shtick and rooted down in Chicago, after parties, pre-parties, and general music festivities have been popping up during Lolla weekend. This year the number of events have been staggering and overwhelming, but if you're looking for a guaranteed good time, put your faith in the hands of one of the most respectable venues in Chicago. The Metro is playing host to a sold out weekend of shows, giving audiences the lucky chance to see acts that usually are reserved for a the confines of a larger venue. Last night the Arctic Monkeys stirred up a packed crowd into a rabid frenzy with their brand of infectious post-punk infused rock 'n' roll.

The band stalked out on stage to the swell of an organ, as they wasted no time launching into the eerie "Pretty Visitors," one of the numerous tracks they'd play off their forthcoming album Humbug. They catapulted the energy level and surged into "This House is a Circus" and "Brianstorm" off their sophomore disc Favourite Worst Nightmare. The Arctic Monkeys are incredibly tight live, a frenzied sound that teeters on the brink of forced or rushed, yet pulls back just in time to create a perfect blend of chaotic noise.


As singer Alex Turner declared at 1:30am, "We could go all night here Chicago," the crowd roared back with approval. The well over an hour set showcased fan favorites as well as new heady and dark material. The atmosphere fluctuated between swooning to swirling organ and bass heavy tracks, before immediately switching gears to mosh with fists in the air as the band cranked out signature bratty tracks "Still Take You Home " and "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor." The show ended with the slow burning sounds of "505," as the crowd dispersed into the early morning of Wrigleyville, a playground of closing bars and stumbling drunks staggering home. It was a fitting world to re-enter, the rowdy and bombastic set from the Arctic Monkeys providing a perfect soundtrack to close out the first night (or rather early morning) of Lollapalooza weekend.


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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

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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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