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Contest: Kopecky Family Band @ SPACE

There is sweetness and a touch of innocence in the Kopecky Family Band's music. But there's also enough of a wild streak in them to appease those who like their indie-rock infused with doses of rambunctious Americana. The Nashville band's on the road ahead of their self-released debut album, Kids Raising Kids (out 10/23). One of the album's strengths is how singers Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon (so, yeah, they're not actually related) handle vocals, whether it's in their harmonies or when one drops off to let the other shine. They may still be kids, but they certainly know how to write songs that work for them. Their Disaster EP is proof enough that they were on the right track two years ago. Serious touring in the meantime has only bolstered their position and made them a better live band. Gapers Block is giving away a pair of tickets to Thursday's show at SPACE. Write to with "Disaster" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update: And we have a winner. Scott's going to the show! Thanks for reading and writing in, everyone.]

Kopecky Family Band headlines SPACE on Thursday, the 18th. Jon Drake & the Shakes and Colorfeels open. The show starts at 7:30PM. It's $10 in advance, $12 at the door or $18 for a reserved table. SPACE is at 1245 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

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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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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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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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