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Concert Wed Oct 15 2014

Photos/Review: Rural Alberta Advantage @ Cabaret Metro 10-14-14

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It's no surprise that three piece Canadian trio Rural Alberta Advantage keep playing larger venues. The packed Tuesday night crowd huddled in the rain to gladly see one of their favorite bands again play for a near 90 minute long set. The band's live performance only grows more heightened with a sense of the songs coming into their own greatness with lead singer Nils Edenloff's ability to project his voice even in more expansive spaces increasingly apparent.

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It's no surprise that with three people this genuine and talented, they could continue to put out heart felt worthwhile albums, either. Their third full length release, Mended with Gold shows the kind of consistency that make Edenloff's sometimes anguished lyrics filled with an honest poetry rich with life's experiences. They are the kind of words that make audiences rush to memorize them so that they can be sung along at live shows.

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In turn, it's not really unexpected that as a band together they would grow in a way that demonstrates enhanced timing and a sense of understanding each other spatially and musically. And, unlike many bands, Rural Alberta Advantage don't ignore any of their back catalog even with a new album out. These stories and musical memories are brought out time and time again to reward the fans that cherish them, which makes it even easier to welcome the new experiences in.

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What is, in fact, surprising is that even though they are playing bigger rooms, the band still makes an effort to connect with their audience as they used to when they played Schubas and Lincoln Hall. It has become one of their trademarks to join the audience and sing "Good Night" with a wistfulness and reverie that is to be cherished and celebrated. And, though the Metro is larger than their previous venues, they still ended their set by playing this in the middle of the floor. It's not merely the same as when a band touches their audience's hands. This is actually joining us and meeting us as one of us and to be this close to greatness is an unforgettable experience indeed.

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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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