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Contest Thu Sep 16 2010

HEAVEmedia Celebrates their 3rd Birthday with Owen (and a contest)

owen.jpgChicago-based site are celebrating their third birthday this weekend, and they've come a long way from a little blog to a full blown site with web content including audio and video, as well as putting on shows that showcase local talent. It's a lot of hard work by some dedicated people, and to celebrate they're throwing a party with some of their favorite acts. Topping the bill is Mike Kinsella's solo project Owen. You might be familiar with Kinsella's work in American Football, Joan of Arc, and Cap'n Jazz, all regular staples in the Chicago music scene. Owen's 2009 album New Leaves took almost three years to complete, during that time Kinsella became a husband and a father, and New Leaves took on a new sound a direction inspired by the change in Kinsella's life. Opening up before Owen is Brooklyn based Savoir Adore (this will be their first Chicago show so give them a warm welcome) and The Streets on Fire.

To celebrate, our friends over at are offering a prize to one lucky Owen fan (a birthday gift in reverse) here on Gapers Block. An Owen prize pack, which includes a copy of New Leaves, posters, and a copy of the new Owen 7" and also one ticket to the show. Email us at with the subject "Owen" and you'll win some sweet swag and plans for Friday night. [Update! We have our winner! Congrats to Matt!]

Tickets are still available for the show, so head out, buy Amy from Heave a drink because she works her butt off, and wish the site a very happy 3rd birthday! presents Owen, Savoir Adore, and the Streets on Fire at The Empty Bottle, Friday September 17th. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. The show is 21+ and things kick off at 9:30pm.

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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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