As of January 1, 2016, Gapers Block has ceased publication. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions over the past 12-plus years. 


Saturday, March 24

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Califone: Two Shows Tomorrow and Wednesday @ Lincoln Hall Give MS And Parkinson's the What-For »

Concert Tue Mar 09 2010

4th annual SXSW send off party at Hideout

15550.jpgA surefire sign that spring is just around the corner is when everyone in the music industry starts packing up their suitcases (or band van) and heading to Austin, TX for the SXSW music festival, a yearly gathering of some of the hottest bands coming up through the ranks today.

The festival has exploded in popularity since it first started in 1987, and now includes a film and interactive offshoot, both their own massive event. The music version basically takes over downtown Austin, with every band ever written about on a music blog playing venues, bars, bbq joints, and even the sidewalk. I'd like to think of it as a working spring break for the music industry, emphasis on working for the bands that play multiple shows a day during SXSW.

The festival is a lot of fun, but it's a long way from home for the many Chicago bands that make the trek to Austin. So the fine folks over at the Hideout are planning a send off party to benefit the Chicago artists that are heading south later this month. For $10 you get a full day of music featuring 11 hometown acts including Tom Schraeder, Mittens on String, Waco Brothers, Life During Wartime DJs, and The Hood Internet. A pretty diverse bill, and just a handful of some of the bands that will represent Chicago this year in Austin. So stop by the Hideout, dance your ass off, and give some gas money to the folks heading down to SXSW.

The 4th annual SXSW send off party is this Saturday, March 13th at the Hideout. Music starts at 3pm, the show is 21+ and tickets are $10. You can buy tickets online here Correction: Tickets are now only available at the door, first come, first served.

GB store
GB store

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.

Read this feature »


  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

GB store


Featured Series


Transmission on Flickr

Join the Transmission Flickr Pool.

About Transmission

Transmission is the music section of Gapers Block. It aims to highlight Chicago music in its many varied forms, as well as cover touring acts performing in the city. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Sarah Brooks,
Transmission staff inbox:



Transmission Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15