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Concert Mon May 24 2010

Review: The Dead Weather @ Marquardt Trucking Company

All photos by Brian Leli.

As we reported early last week, Kin, a new Microsoft-based cell phone, brought rock supergroup The Dead Weather to Chicago Saturday night for an exclusive free show. The venue, announced only four hours before the concert started, ended up being a nondescript warehouse in the West Loop, with a capacity of a mere 500 people. The unconventional space only added to the intimate feel of the show. I'm told the line reached capacity two hours before the concert started, but that didn't stop hundreds people from waiting around just in case. I even caught a handful of people who were denied entrance waiting just beyond the outside barrier in the hope of catching a few guitar licks in hearing range. If Kin wanted to create hype around this event, they sure succeeded.

The band took the stage to a sea of fists in the air and deafening roar. Frontwoman Alison Mosshart sauntered about the stage with her hair in her face and signature snarl. Drummer Jack White may receive the loudest cheers and largest crowd reaction, but that doesn't stop Ms. Mosshart from completely dominating the stage. The barnyard-esque atmosphere of the Marquardt Trucking Company only served to complement the band's haunting sound, which peaked during the moody and intimate "Will There Be Enough Water?" Possibly due to the free alcohol served throughout the event, at points during the set the front of the crowd erupted in crowd surfing and stage diving, which was a bit beside the point considering the atmosphere and nature of the night.

I've been to a handful of these corporate-sponsored free shows in my day, and I have to hand it to the band for playing a full hour and twenty minute set, which is uncommon for these types of things. The band charged through the majority of Sea of Cowards and a good portion of Horehound, before capping off the night with the strobe light-filled "Treat Me Like Your Mother".

For more photos and videos from the event, keep an eye on Kin's official site.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

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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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