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Concert Tue Sep 22 2009

Passion Pit, Free As In Beer(-Sponsored)!

Bands might be losing their buzz swifter than a Kanye interruption, but a potential audience member has to weigh the pros and cons of letting the buzz waves determine their lifestyle. The question is: should you go see Passion Pit for free? On the one hand, every trixie and their mother who's gotten a taste of the band on XRT will be in attendance wearing ironic Cubs T-shirts and pink baseball caps. Hipsters have an irrational fear that Clayton Hauck or the Cobrasnake will pop out at any moment and photograph them as one of these cougars hits on them, or a brah knocks them back with a mighty chest bump. Back to reality though folks. Yes, you might see some people who aren't in a quarter-life crisis, and maybe there will be a lot of them (tickets are being provided solely through XRT VIP points). If you can get your mangy mop-topped brain around the horrors of corporate sponsorship (yes, it's brought to you by Bud Light) and just want a chance to see a pretty decent band play some pretty decent songs in a not-too-big venue, check XRT's giveaway page for details on how to get a ticket - the show will be at Logan Square Auditorium on September 30th at 8PM, and will be 21+.

If you need a refresher on the actual music behind this too-cool conundrum, check out the band performing "The Reeling" on Pitchfork's "Juan's Basement".

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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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