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News Fri May 13 2011

Friday Quick Links

When we're not debating the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning, we're often rocking out in the basement.

  • Time Out has an interesting interview about the arts in Chicago with soon-to-be Mayor Emanuel over breakfast.
  • This blog series at NPR reminds me of phrases you might hear spoken incredulously by staff at a record store. I sense a meme growing. Might I suggest #overheardinrecordstores?
  • Watch video of Ha Ha Tonka, Blah Blah Blah performing on JBTV last week. Also an interview with Madina Lake's Nathan and Matthew Leone. Bonus video of a 1995 Metro performance by Mike Watt, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder!
  • Also over at the A.V. Club, catch Low covering Toto's "Africa" in their continuing series UnderCover. (Super glad they're continuing that series, BTW.)
  • You're gonna have to dig deep in your pockets to get one of these limited-edition silk scarves designed by Kanye West. Only 100 of each if the five designs will be made, and they'll run you $364 each.
  • PBS Newshour delves into rap music's history after a historic performance by Common at the White House in honor of National Poetry Month (one which proved, if not controversial, certainly some firey Twitter fodder for a day).
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Larry Ashten / May 20, 2011 1:11 AM

Poi Dog Pondering is gonna be at the Sheffield Garden Walk, July 23-24. Its gonna be a blast hope everyone can make it. Its $10 donation at the gate, So in other words save your hard earned money and tell them you wish not to donate. they make tons off the sale of beer and food. You will get in anyway for FREE! party hard!

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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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