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Review Thu Mar 03 2011

Review: Cheap Time, Zoobombs, Ramma Lamma @ Empty Bottle, 3/2

Cheap Time and Ramma Lamma bookended a very rock'n'roll night at the Empty Bottle with tight sets leaning toward garage rock. Ramma Lamma's male/female vocals are always good for wailing and the short songs keep their momentum humming. Cheap Time's catchiness fits perfectly in with other current gritty rock bands leaning toward power-pop. Though their new record Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations) doesn't pack the same jolt as their self-titled debut, its songs came across lively and the band, like Ramma Lamma, left little room for chatter in a brief set. Perhaps as a statement to living in the now (after some personnel changes), they relied mostly on Fantastic Explanations for the set and only played "Glitter & Gold" from their first LP.

But it was Zoobombs who brought the spectacle. The Japanese foursome plowed through psych-rock, punk, a little metal and a lot of noise. Singer Don Matsuo flailed around the stage, spastically playing his guitar, smacking the keyboards and using whomever's microphone he was closest to. He sang, he screamed, he yelped. When Zoobombs rocked, they did so with gusto much like a Jon Spencer. (I guess they learned something while on the road with him.) Although their highs were the highest of the evening, their lows were the lowest. Seemingly endless noise - meandering organs, guitar feedback, intermittent percussion - broke up songs that had been chugging along. The sparse crowd took it as breaks to amble between the bar and a comfortable distance from the stage. But when they had focus, they brought the heat and that certainly outweighed the lulls.

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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
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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
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Kingston Mines
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The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
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Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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Symphony Center
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Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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