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Preview Thu Sep 27 2012

Preview: Dry The River @ Schubas 9/28

You might have heard glimpses of Dry The River's songs when their music career first began, a fledgling group situated across the pond in the UK as they formed their first album release. Or, you might have seen them this year, either at The Metro with Alabama Shakes during a Lollapalooza pre-show, or at the fest itself. You might have taken a listen to the group's stunning full-length release Shallow Bed. Whatever way they caught your attention, Dry The River's tunes are drifting across European waters and into our American airwaves at a rapid pace, permeating the airspace and floating their melodies and lyrics into our minds as they gain a larger fan base around the world.

Dry The River's music is zealous and impassioned, and makes you wish you were in a small British pub, crowded together and singing at the top of your lungs. It also could be the soundtrack to a morning walk on an overcast day, refreshing and thought-provoking. Frontman Peter Liddle's voice ranges from a deep croon, to a nearly falsetto pitch that is reminiscent of The Antlers frontman Peter Silberman. Their vocals present listeners with a beautiful archive of Dry The River's work as time passes, and their music becomes further substantive and developed with each release.

Their initial EP was produced by acclaimed producer Peter Katis, who has worked with talented groups The National and Interpol, to name just a few. Shallow Bed reads both lyrically and instrumentally as an introspective diary, presenting listeners with a look into their personal and heartbreaking world. The group's harmonies are juxtaposed perfectly against the lilting string accompaniment during their slow-tempo numbers, while their sentiment is forceful and moving during their powerful ballads. This is why Schubas is the perfect place to watch Dry The River put on a lively show: the cozy venue fulfills the concept of those intimate spaces that Dry The River's music adapts best to, and you can see Dry The River here this Friday evening. Take a listen to "No Rest" below - they've been compared to Mumford & Sons, Noah & The Whale, and other European folk groups that have taken our music scene by storm, but they have a distinct sound that is unlike those that they are categorized with.

Dry The River's show at Schubas begins at 10pm, with ticket prices $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. It is 18+, and includes opener Fort Frances. Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508. This show is sold out.

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Rachel / September 28, 2012 5:48 PM

I adore Dry The River. They've been a favorite of mine ever since I saw them live. I actually will be attending another one of their performances in Minneapolis on the 29th at the Triple Rock Social Club! Should be spectacular :)

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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

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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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