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Review Thu Oct 14 2010

Review: Miike Snow @ The Riv, 10/11

Photos by Steve Stearns

If the large, dancing panda in the middle of the Riviera Theatre was any indication of how Monday night's Miike Snow concert went, it was very wild indeed. Of course there wasn't a real panda — although who could tell the difference amidst the abundance of strobe lights — but instead a 20-something bopping around in full-on costume on the ground floor.

Opener Étienne de Crécy started the night with a strong DJ set, deliving an insanely catchy remix of "Make It Pop" by Diplo & Don Diablo. The French producer took turns experimenting with some ambient noise, at one point mixing in what sounded like a distorted laugh track. I was frightened.

Photos by Steve Stearns

As soon as the fog machines started cranking on high and a driving beat set in, 'twas clear Miike Snow was the real reason to be amongst the hyped-up mass of young people looking to get their dance on. The highlights of the night happened during songs like "Silvia", when the trio stole moments to subtly slow the thumping bass and addicting melody to hang on the haunting keys.

Lead singer Andrew Wyatt's vocals sounded amazing live, every lyric jumping off a falsetto cliff and lingering in thin air. Even though I have only a very fragile limit for fake smoke and strobe lights, I surrendered to the discotheque ambiance and danced happily with the crowd, all throbbing together in synthesized bliss.

I'm still suffering from speaker-headache today, but hearing Wyatt sing live was totally worth it. I'm sure the panda bear agrees.

Photos by Steve Stearns

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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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Beat Kitchen
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California Clipper
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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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Drag City
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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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