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Concert Thu Oct 25 2012

Review/Photos: Divine Fits @ Logan Square Auditorium 10/25/12

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It was definitely a dark and stormy Thursday night but though it may have been hailing outside, Logan Square Auditorium seemed rather warn and welcoming in comparison, especially because they were playing The Kinks as the house music before the bands (that always helps the mood.)

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Fitting more with the weather, Cold Cave opened up with some dark songs that are too edgy and gothy to be pop but are also too catchy to really be true goth. The five piece played for about 45 minutes and made it easy to dance in the dark while they warmed up the audience.

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And, though Cold Cave seemed to have a few things going for them, their performance paled in comparison to the Divine Fits supergroup. Even the mix was better for Divine Fits, with the vocals way more prominent than the previous band's more washed out seeming/less distinctive lyrical delivery. It's also quite a different sort of thing to see a band with such accomplished members as those that include Britt Daniel of Spoon combined with Dan Boeckner of Handsome Furs and Wolf Parade and see them live up to the sum of their parts.

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What seemed really evident was the way in which Daniel and Boeckner alternated so well showcasing their unique talents between pedal effects, hook heavy rhythms, and energetic singing. The stage presence was both dynamic and balanced with the 60+ minute performance proving a memorable win. The drumming and keyboard playing were a great support but it was Daniel and Boeckner who really shone. Boeckner also continued to modestly thank everyone for coming to the show, which came off quite endearing. And, if our hearts weren't broken enough by the fact that these two talented handsome men would inevitably be leaving our city soon, they threw in a Tom Petty cover of "You Got Lucky" just to really seal the deal.

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It should also be mentioned, in terms of a performance, that despite a few technical difficulties Britt Daniel had from time to time with broken guitar strings, etc, he kept the flow going exceptionally well and seemed to be overall enjoying his time with Boeckner more than this writer/photographer has ever seen him enjoy any of his own Spoon shows over the past 8 years. His showmanship wasn't lost but in addition, he seemed so incredibly comfortable, as if this was truly fun and all that other music was much more work for him. It just proves that when you work with people you really like and respect, you tend to enjoy that work more and thrive creatively. Divine Fits so far only have one album (A Thing Called Divine Fits) but hopefully they will have more to give the world in future days.

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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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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
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Elbo Room
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Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
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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
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