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Preview Fri May 24 2013

Preview: The Staves @ Schubas, 5/28

If you're a fan of soothing folk music, it's likely you'll be a fan of The Staves, too. Formed in 2008, this group comprised of three sisters, Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor. Their first full-length album, Dead & Born & Grown, was just recently released this past year after they received accolades for their several live EPs released in years prior. They were first featured as accompaniment for Tom Jones' Praise and Blame album back in 2010, as well as Fionn Regan's album 100 Acres of Sycamore.

Their name came about as they quite literally, made a name for themselves in their hometown of Watford, England. Performing at open mic nights at a bar nearby, they would write "The Staveley-Taylors" on a board noting their original band name. However, a friend changed that over to "The Staves," which really does reflect their gentle, beautifully harmonized folk sound. In bringing their sound to more attention, they've supported The Civil Wars, Bon Iver, and James Vincent McMorrow during their tours. Their sound is extremely pure and raw, no doubt garnering the same praise from their live recordings as their produced recordings, as both sound serendipitous and perfect. They've no doubt honed the three-part harmony, and blending them with their poetic lyrics makes for some powerful folk music. Take a listen to a live performance of "Winter Trees" below to understand just what I mean:

Catch The Staves at Schubas this Monday, with Musikanto opening. The 21+ show begins at 8pm, and tickets cost $14. Schubas is located at 3159 N. Southport, (773) 525-2508.

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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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Dave's Records
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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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