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Contest: Teenage Fanclub Next Week!

tfc.jpg Glaswegian power-pop band Teenage Fanclub return to Chicago next week for two shows at Lincoln Hall. Ever since emerging from the same C86 scene that birthed BMX Bandits and the Soup Dragons in the 1980s, the band has produced a parade of fine albums, including 1991's masterpiece Bandwagonesque. At they're best, they sound like a raw Big Star. At they're worst... well, they don't really have a worst.

At the center of their long career's consistency are the three songwriters - Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley and Gerard Love. Each brings a little something different to the table, and each sings their own songs, which makes for a good even mix during shows. From their noisy beginnings to the more reformed direction they've latched onto, there's nothing less than great in their history. (Yes, even their so-called duds are worthwhile.) While the band never became the next big thing that seemed inevitable, they've maintained a rabid following nonetheless.

Teenage Fanclub appear to have settled into a routine of releasing a new album every five years and touring on it. 2010's Shadows is the catalyst for this tour, but they'll be playing all the hits live. So don't miss out. Transmission's friends at Lincoln Hall are giving away a pair of tickets to see them next week. Write into with "Shadows" in the subject line for a chance to win! [Update! We have a winner. Congrats to Victor!]

Teenage Fanclub headline Lincoln Hall next Tuesday and Wednesday. Los Angeles' Radar Brothers open with a renovated lineup and in support of a new album, The Illustrated Garden. Both shows start at 9PM, are 21+ and $20. Lincoln Hall's at 2424 N. Lincoln.

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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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Kingston Mines
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The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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Symphony Center
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