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Preview Mon Feb 17 2014

Mucca Pazza Marches for a Month of Mondays @ Revolution Brewing

If you haven't heard the music of epic hybrid-troubadour-brass outfit Mucca Pazza, it's a serious shame. Promoting an ingenious whimsical concept and sound, the group prides itself on sheer originality, variety and showmanship. If I try to explain the type of sound that Mucca Pazza possesses, it would be lost in comparison to imagining their music being explored in a live setting.

The first time I saw Mucca Pazza was when they were the opening act for an Andrew Bird show two years ago. A distinct variety of instruments comprise the group's sound, as it vacillates between a marching band and various other outfits. They keep moving throughout the crowd, and are just as much a visual musical experience as aural. I remember thinking to myself that I had never seen a group create music in the same way as they did, with such out-of-the-box creative thinking regarding how to involve a mass group of musicians and form a cohesive outfit that was versatile and engaging.


If you haven't seen Mucca Pazza live yet, fear not, as you will definitely have the chance to do so — three times in the next month-long period, to be exact. The group has approached a monumental decade of playing music together, and to celebrate, will be holding a residency of shows at Revolution Brewing (2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for your listening (and viewing) pleasure. Beginning tonight, February 17, and extending through three more consecutive Mondays, Mucca Pazza will play songs off of their forthcoming album Sitting In Chairs. Enjoy drinks crafted by the Brewery itself as you watch Mucca Pazza create a show unlike any other you have seen before.

Mucca Pazza will play at Revolution Brewing on February 17, February 24 and March 3. Tickets are $12 for a 21+ audience, with doors opening at 7:30pm and music beginning at 8:30pm.

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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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