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Preview Tue Dec 17 2013

"Letters to Santa:" Second City Settles in for 24 Hours of Music and More


Tonight brings Chicago's true harbinger of the holiday season; "The Second City 24 Hour Letters to Santa" extravaganza, benefiting families who need a little help in fulfilling their children's Christmas wishes. Second City will host comedy and musical performances for a full day, with onstage acts as well as exclusive webcasts from some indie-rock heavyweights.

Highlights include in-person performances by punk rock mainstay (and Hüsker Dü alumnus) Bob Mould, as well as Chicago's own breakout band, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound. Fred Armisen of Portlandia fame will make an appearance, and acts such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt will be firing up their laptops for webcast appearances from cities around the country. The Post and Gordon pairing is a particularly sizable catch, as the duo has not played together publicly in 15 years. Veruca Salt recently announced a re-forming of their original lineup and plans to release new material in the coming year.

The show begins at 6pm tonight (with doors opening an hour earlier), and will continue until 6pm on Wednesday. Tickets are $20, which gets you entry for the entirety of the show, and they'll be sold at the door throughout the event on the basis of seat availability. The full performance will also be streamed live at where you can see a full performance schedule and make a PayPal donation.

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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

  Labels, Promoters
  & Shops:

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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