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Ivan & Alyosha Hit the Empty Bottle Dec. 18th

Nineteenth century Russian literature might seem like an unlikely inspiration point for a band, but Ivan & Alyosha, a folk-pop band out of Seattle, draw their name from two characters in Dostoyevsky's classic The Brothers Karamazov. Ivan and Alyosha are two brothers, one pious and one agnostic, who clash over their views on God.

At first glance the band's Russian lit connection might seem tenuous — the group produces warm, fuzzy, harmony-rich pieces of folk rock full of catchy hooks and lyrics that would sweep any girl off her feet ("I wanna be the man/who gets you all the presents underneath of your Christmas tree/well they're all from me") but if you listen to the lyrics closely you can hear the band putting forth some deeper questions of life and death, faith and a higher power.

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The group is known for its charismatic, high energy, feel good performances — lucky for us WXRT is bringing the band out to the Empty Bottle on Dec. 18. If you'd like to check them out yourself, tickets can be purchased for a mere $5.

 
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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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