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Lollapalooza Thu May 09 2013

Lollapalooza Early Planning: Father John Misty

Performing under the moniker Father John Misty, folk singer J. Tillman exudes an effortless flamboyance that makes him one of the most captivating stage presences I've ever had the fortune of seeing live. I like to picture him as a romanticized Hunter S. Thompson type of character. I imagine him traveling from city to city, lodging in seedy hotel rooms with different women in each town, drinking copious amounts of whiskey and taking hallucinogens, surrounded by sex and regret.

This is all merely a projection on my part, but it seems to be the persona Tillman is establishing for this particular project. After seeing Father John Misty live, it is difficult to imagine why Tillman would ever be anywhere but front and center on stage, but he actually spent years behind the drum kit for indie acts Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore. He released the debut Father John Misty album Fear Fun in May of 2012, but he originally caught my eye because of the haunting music video for the track "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" featuring none other than Aubrey Plaza.

And if Father John Misty is merely character for Tillman, the guy sure commits. Each time I've had the pleasure of catching one of his live shows, he's had a bottle of booze next to him on stage, taking swigs throughout the show. He saunters around on stage with the bravado of someone who knows something you don't. There's a distinct charm about him that will draw you in and ensnare you. Maybe it is all just an act, but I'm buying it.

While we're all still in the early planning stages of who to see at Lollapalooza, over the next few days we'll be highlighting a handful of bands on the Lolla roster to keep in mind. Lollapalooza is happening August 2nd - 4th in Grant Park, however all tickets besides Platinum passes are currently sold out.

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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


Abbey Pub
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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Alligator Records
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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