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Concert Thu Jan 14 2010

Switch spins at Smartbar this Saturday


Switch has been a busy man the past few years. Although his home might be behind a DJ booth, he's spent a good amount of time collaborating with some of the most talked about artist around (Santogold, Amanda Blank, M.I.A.) and remixing the likes of Basement Jaxx, The Chemical Brothers, Lily Allen, and Bjork to name a few. He's also part of the Diplo collaborative Major Lazer, which cranked out some of the headiest island dancehall beats of the past year with tracks like "Hold the Line" and "Keep it Going Louder." You definitely can't say the man doesn't stay busy.

Lucky enough for us, he'll be manning the decks at Smartbar this Saturday, along with Chicago house duo Santiago and Sexual Chocolate. If you're not familiar with Switch's DJ style, expect a glitchy techno up-tempo set, best described (in Switch's own made-up term) as fidget house, which he described in an interview with LA Weekly as "basically just jackin' house beats with a few unexpected twists and turns."

Switch plays this Saturday, January 16th, at Smartbar. Tickets are $10 in advance or before midnight, and $15 dollars after midnight. The music starts at 10pm, and the show is 21+ You can get your tickets online at the Metro/Smartbar site.

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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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