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Contest: Dungen @ Lincoln Hall!

It's a competitive musical landscape out there. There are more bands more accessible to more people than ever before. So it should be more important to more bands to do what fewer other bands are doing. One band making great strides, though not quite peerless, is Dungen. The Swedish quartet spent the better part of the 00s mixing psychedelic rock with folk. For good measure, they also tossed some jazz arrangements in the pot. It often came out sounding like a lo-fi Genesis. (I have a recurring dream in which they cover The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in Swedish. Ok, not really. But you could hear it, right?)

With their new record, Skit i Allt, the Gustav Ejstes-led band has dialed it down a notch or two. The prog-rock and psych leanings are still evident, but there is more reliance on folk and jazz. The crunchy guitars are nearly non-existent, except on the rocker "Högdalstoppen." Whether it's a sign of a change in their approach to music or just a one-off experiment, it's an interesting diversion for Dungen. They're still listener-friendly and based in pop music, but the soundscapes are much deeper on Skit i Allt and it's what many people would qualify as a grower. Hear for yourself:

Dungen headlines Lincoln Hall on Thursday, October 7. The Entrance Band opens at 9PM. Tickets are $15. The show's 21+. Lincoln Hall's located at 2424 N. Lincoln. How about a contest? You want to see Dungen? Write into with "Högdalstoppen" in the subject line for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to this show! [Update! We have a winner. Congratulations to Andrew. Enjoy the show!]

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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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