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Preview Tue Jan 08 2013

Preview: Major Lazer @ the Congress Theater, 3/2

This is something to be excited for. Music producer/Mad Decent Records founder/Gwen Stefani collaborator Diplo is bringing his dancehall-inspired electronic dance music outlet Major Lazer to the Congress Theater on March 2 for the group's biggest Chicago show to date.

Between Major Lazer's absurdly raucous and raunchy live shows, their infectious rhythms and sporadic touring in light of Diplo's increasingly busy schedule they've built a bit of a mysticism around their live shows. Their first real splash in this city was at Pitchfork 2010 -- a performance that brought way more booty clapping than you'd ever expect to find at an indie rock fest. They returned the following summer for a similarly insane set at North Coast Music Festival.

With an indoor venue, full-size stage and headlining set length to do with whatever they please, it's hard to even fathom what March's show will bring.

Despite the fact that Diplo remains the only founding member of Major Lazer left on the decks, the groups second full length effort Free the Universe (which drops on February 19) is on track to outshine its predecessor. An impressive collaborator list -- one that includes Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean and Shaggy -- never hurts.

Tickets for Major Lazer's headlining set at the Congress Theater go on sale on January 11 at 10am. The show on March 2 will kick off at 7pm and will be limited to show-goers 17 years and older. Tickets will cost $25.

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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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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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