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Concert Fri Apr 29 2011

Preview: Manchester Orchestra @ The Metro

Chicago's been abuzz all week with the news of Lollapalooza's 2011 lineup, but you don't have to wait til August to catch some of the artists performing at this year's fest. Return Lolla act Manchester Orchestra, for instance, will be at The Metro this Wednesday, May 4, giving fans a preview of what's to come this summer.

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Manchester Orchestra has found success in their ability to appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners. Their tender, more acoustic-based moments are similar to some of the folky, softer sounds present in today's indie scene, but their music is still packed with raucous breakdowns and fiery vocals from singer and head songwriter Andy Hull (see the band's breakout single from their 2009 album Mean Everything To Nothing, "Shake It Out" for proof). Hull's gruff, beardy appearance is misleading as his meticulous songwriting is anything but unkempt. Manchester Orchestra songs are masterminded musical demonstrations of drama and emotion that draw listeners in with their genuine vulnerability.

The band is currently on tour promoting their newest album Simple Math which drops May 10. Those in attendance at Wednesday's show can look forward to hearing several of the new tracks a few days early though. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 day of the show. It's all ages and starts at 6:45pm. An Horse and Harrison Hudson are opening.

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It's all ages and starts at 6:45pm. An Horse and Harrison Hudson are opening.

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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
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Dark Jive
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The Mutiny
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Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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