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Contest Fri Sep 30 2011

Contest: Zee Avi @ Schubas!

There was a time not long ago that it seemed most people were pretty much snickering at the idea of taking a street artist approach to fame via Youtube. Really, there're millions of people who own webcams and play a guitar. But as we evolve, so does the method in which we find diamonds in the rough. And so it is that a Malaysian singer/songwriter went from a self-shot video to a full-length album and opening for Pete Yorn in two years. Now two years later, Zee Avi's sophomore record, Ghostbird, has been produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., who's worked on a few albums by some acts called the Beastie Boys, Seu Jorge and Super Furry Animals, among others. Not too bad for a 25-year old who plays ukulele, right? It doesn't hurt to have such a smooth voice while adeptly blending southern Pacific and American folk musics either.

Zee Avi headlines Schubas next Tuesday, the 4th. Matt Jennings opens at 8PM. The show's 18+ and $12. But you won't have to worry about that if you're lucky because Gapers Block is giving away a pair of tickets to this show. Write in to with "Ghostbird" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update: We have a winner. Congratulations to Maura.] Schubas is on the corner of Belmont & Southport.

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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


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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

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Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
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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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