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Preview Thu Mar 28 2013

Preview: Ty Maxon @ The Hideout 3/29

As you've noticed this week, spring is finally upon us. Just when we Chicagoans though the sun would never shine again and we might have to continuously hibernate, our surroundings are finally beginning to change for the better. This weekend, revel in this news for a little while, get yourself out and take an opportunity to check out some fresh Chicago music acts, and fall in love with our local music scene all over again.

Ty Maxon has been a local songwriter for years, and his sophomore album Calling of the Crows has left me completely stunned. Recorded over a period of three years and released in February of 2012, the album's components resemble the gentle lyricism of Elliott Smith blended with the storytelling ingenuity of Bob Dylan. Maxon croons his way through eight folk tunes that blend seamlessly together, wrestling the most introspective and complex cards we are dealt with in life. Banjo and harmonica accompaniment adds to the exquisite vocals on the tracks, creating it as one masterpiece of a folk album. The album can be purchased for $8, and I can guarantee it'll hook you from the start. One of my favorite aspects of the Chicago music community is that venues allow us to frequently catch these acts newer to the scene and watch them grow, and I can't wait to see where Maxon ends up in a few years time. So take a break from the cold weather doldrums, go out to The Hideout on Friday, and discover a new group that'll wash your winter blues right away.

Ty Maxon plays The Hideout at 11pm. The music begins with Sean Hoots at 9:30pm, continuing with Small Houses at 10pm. Tickets are $8-$10, and doors open at 9pm. The Hideout is located at 1354 West Wabansia, (773) 227-4433.

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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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