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Contest Wed Oct 27 2010

Contest: The Soft Pack & Kurt Vile @ Empty Bottle!

softpack110917.jpg It's one thing for a half-dozen major publications to denote a band as one to watch out for in a particular calendar year. It's quite another for that band to actually live up to such hype. But the Soft Pack has been taking care of it in 2010. Their self-titled debut album has been lauded for its jangly indie-rock sound with remnants of southern California rock'n'roll all over it and their live show has tightened up since they broke out. They appear to be on the road constantly yet still finding the time to record. Right now they have a limited edition tour-only 7" for a new song "Gagdad."

Like the Soft Pack, Kurt Vile has been a workhorse. Since concentrating on his solo recordings apart from the War on Drugs, he's released a plethora of music ranging from folk to punk to psychedelic. Difficult to pigeonhole? You bet. An excellent talent? Naturally. It's a treat to watch him lose himself while playing guitar and genre-hopping.

Want to see the Soft Pack and Kurt Vile? You may be in luck because Transmission's giving away a pair of tickets. Write to with "VILE PACK" in the subject line for a chance to win! [Update: We have a winner. Congrats to Sean. Thanks to everyone for writing in. (Honestly, I had no idea the Soft Pack and Kurt Vile were so popular with our readership.)]

The Soft Pack and Kurt Vile co-headline the Empty Bottle this weekend, October 30 & 31. Saturday's show starts at 10PM. Sunday's show starts at 7PM. Purling Hiss open both nights. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. The shows are 21+. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N Western.

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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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Alarm Magazine
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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