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Califone and William Tyler are Galloping into Lincoln Hall


Califone is determined to never stop improving on its sound, even after fifteen plus years and an impressive catalog of albums. The Chicago band, fronted by Tim Rutili, has always had their songs steeped in constant state of change; such is the case with experimentation. However, the group's has and inimitable style that is instantly recognizable as their own. It's quite a feat to be musically progressive and still have an instantly identifiable sound. Calfone's latest album, Stitches, embodies the sentiment perfectly. It's the first album the band did not record in Chicago, instead opting for numerous locations throughout the American southwest. Despite the change in locations, Stitches still captures Califone's soft and deeply nuanced experimental rock. A mix of a twang induced guitar and quiet electronic noise occupy the album, all the while Rutili's voice drifts over the songs with effortless elegance.

Joining Califone will be William Tyler, a formidable folk guitarist. Tyler has played with the likes of Lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy, Silver Jews, and countless others.Tyler's repertoire only improved when he began releasing his solo work. 2010's Behold the Spirit and last year's Impossible Truth are composed solely from his powerful guitar. Instrumental albums can be difficult to pull off as well as Tyler has. His guitar work is impeccable, sending the listener off into a beatific world that could only exist in his chords. His musicianship says more that any lyrics could possibly say.

Califone and William Tyler will be performing a 21+ show at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., this Saturday, Feb. 1 at 9pm. Tickets are $18.

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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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