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Contest Thu Sep 10 2009

Amazing Baby Return to Wild (and a Little Contest)

Amazing Baby.jpgI first saw Amazing Baby back in June when they opened for Phoenix at Park West. I was there to review Phoenix, but I was so blown away by the opener that when I heard they were returning to Chicago to headline Schubas, I had to give them a shout-out all their own.

Their debut album, Rewild, wasn't out by the time of the Park West show, but you can be sure I picked up as soon as it was available. With such a mature sound, it may come as a surprise that Rewild is their first album. The first half of the album entrances beginning with "Bayonettes" and Pink Floyd-esque drones and swells on "Invisible Place" into persistent drum beats driving the intensity of "Kankra" and breathy desperation (reminiscent of earlier Prince?) in "Headdress." Late in the album is the unassuming "The Narwhal" -- which you have to hear live because the recorded version just doesn't hold a candle. While they may wear their influences blatantly, they mold them well and show much promise of continuing growth and longevity in a time when today's hot thing is tomorrow's ancient history.

Here at Transmission we are so excited about this band that we want to make sure you see them, which is why we are giving away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night's show! Just be the first to email us at with the subject "Amazing!" and you and a friend get to go to the show for free! Update! We have a winner! Congrats to Patrick!

Amazing Baby play Friday night at Schubas. The Entrance Band opens. Show starts at 10:30pm. 3159 N. Southport. 18 & up. Tickets are $10.

(Photo by Victoria Jacobs)

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Mia / September 10, 2009 1:49 PM

Couldn't agree more. These guys are incredibly talented and have a great sound. If you want to check out a live acoustic (there is even some random objects playing) version of The Narwhal, check this out.

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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


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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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Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
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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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