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Contest Mon Sep 27 2010

M.I.A. and Rye Rye Hit the Vic for Two Days

Wee rapper M.I.A. settles into the swing of The Vic Theatre this week for a double shot of hip-hop, looped beats, gunshot samples and many many many colors of DayGlo just in time to brighten up Chicago's dreary launch into fall. You already know a lot about M.I.A. — her deeply political lyrics (often met with violent images), her about-to-pop performance at last year's Grammys when she was nine months pregnant, her kinetic performances filled with video projections and lots of swagger. But she'll have something new and fresh (and dare I say a little innocent) during her current tour.

In tow this week is M.I.A.'s protege Rye Rye — a rapper (raptrix?) off of M.I.A.'s N.E.E.T label (her album Go! Pop! Bang! is due out in early 2011). She's got the spunk and sass (and trash mouth) that M.I.A. brings to the table but she's quite the new kid on the scene at 19 years old, hailing from Baltimore. Rye Rye reminds me of girls I used to watch at talent shows in high school in Virginia who had the whitest sneakers and the flyest dance moves. She's still at the point where you can see her goof and smile through her videos in a totally charming way (even though she's rapping some maybe NSFW stuff).

We've got a pair of tickets for a lucky reader to check out the show on 9/29. Just email us at with the subject "Swagga" and you and a friend can hit up the show. [Update! We have a winner! Congrats to David.]

M.I.A. performs two nights at the Vic this week, 9/29 and 9/30 along with Rye Rye opening. Tickets are $34. The Vic is located at 3145 N. Sheffield Ave. Music starts at 8pm. 18+.

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Kenny G. Villacorta / September 30, 2010 11:57 AM

Anyone know who were the djs that were playing at the concert? I'm looking everywhere and I can't find it. Send me an email kgvs72[at]

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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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Bloodshot Records
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
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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