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Review: Kid Sister @ Pritzker 7/19

Kid Sister purple.jpg"I been all around the world...but there's nothin' like comin' home." You cant help but like Miss Melisa Young, aka MC and rapper Kid Sister. She's got an exuberant energy you only expect to see come out of a child under 10, and she's as cute as can be. Last night she came home to Chicago to play a free Downtown Sound show at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Pritzker security.jpgSecurity was unusually tight in the park, in fact there were more people sitting outside the gates than inside the pavilion as signs everywhere said that no alcohol, cans or bottles would be allowed for this performance, and bags would be screened. The great lawn was near empty and barricaded with metal fences, but down in the seating bowl, things were off the hook. There were spirit fingers, hearts, dancin, and even a birthday as Kid Sis, along with her DJ and MC, amped up every song. The crowd went especially wild for her big hit "Pro Nails" (yes, the one she recorded with another Chicago hip hop star) and then she kicked off her shoes during "Switch Board" and showed us some real jukin.

Her debut album underwent lots of changes, names and pushed back release dates before finally coming out in November of last year. Many wondered if the album would ever actually see the light of day, but in the long run, Ultraviolet was worth the wait. She introduced a lot of new material at last night's show, telling us it's "been a very busy summer in Kid Sister land," which makes us wonder if we'll be working out to a brand new Kid Sister album sometime soon...

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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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Aragon Ballroom
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Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
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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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Dave's Records
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Drag City
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Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
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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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