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sxsw2013 Thu Mar 14 2013

SXSW 2013 Tour Diary, Gemini Club, Day 1

sxsw2013.jpgWe're following two Chicago bands at SXSW this year, and they'll be blogging for us daily from down in Austin. First up, an unedited check-in with Tom from electronic quartet Gemini Club.

And here I am. Austin, Texas. At SXSW. A small, yet powerful world where time doesn't really exist and alcohol is more important than water. Really, as I sit here at Blackheart, in a converted on house old, with early 19th century pornography and the biggest whiskey collection I've seen since my arrival. I'm on Rainy street, which is a few blocks of houses-turned bars and god bless the city for granting licenses to these lovely business owners who take pride in preserving and glorifying such wonderfully made structures.

Ands the drinks just ran out. Dear god. The. Drinks. Just. Ran. Out.

Which is probably a good thing, considering I've at it pretty heavily since 2 PM, which is when my first showcase was at the 508 club.

Man, I can find the space bar. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it to the Kendrick Lamar show at 7. I mean, there are dozens of food trucks and bars and people selling bizarre remote controlled helicopters, which I have been tempted to buy so many times that my friends keep telling me to pull the trigger. This is a bad idea. I don't need a remote controlled helicopter. I could surely use one. Definitely, for a million reasons, but this not why I am here. I'm here to get to the heart of Austin and dive straight into crowds who want to be as crazy as possible. And I will.

So keep in touch.



Gemini Club in Austin, TX at SXSW 2013:

Virgin Mobile 508 House
508 E. 8th St.

Bar 96
96 Rainey St.

Brew Exchange
706 W. 6th St.

Ave on Congress
5th Avenue and Congress

The Rattle Inn
610 Nueces St.
Time TBD

Doritos Bold Stage
5th Street and Red River

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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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