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Contest Thu Feb 24 2011

Contest: Ice Cube @ the Mid!

icube.jpgDoes Ice Cube really need an introduction? The South Central Angeleno was in N.W.A., contributed a wealth of rhymes to perhaps the most significant gangster rap album ever, has had a critically and commercially successful solo career and also was in the supergroup Westside Connection. Of course, he's also been slammed by critics, but that's part of the allure of the gangster rapper and only adds to the notoriety. Even though Cube's often seen in movies and television these days, he's still pumping out records. Last year's I Am the West was a bit of a departure with tracks that punctuated the life of an aging rapper, but with his talent, he's still making points and enciting some ire with those he takes digs at.

Obviously, he still busts out the hits when he performs. Right now he's on a tour that closes in Chicago on March 13. Thanks to our friends at Cold Grums, Gapers Block's giving away two pairs of tickets to see Ice Cube at the Mid. Write to with "It Was a Good Day" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update: We have our winners. Congrats to Mark and Nicholas!)

Ice Cube headlines the Mid on Sunday, March 13. Mikkey Halsted, Illy & Alo and Lungz also perform. DJ 33 1/3 and Big Once will be spinning. It's 21+ and doors open at 9PM. Tickets are $22.50. The Mid's located at 306 N Halsted.

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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

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
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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