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sxsw2015 Tue Mar 17 2015

SXSW 2015 Tour Diaries: Let's Meet the Bands

Chicago at SXSW 2015Once again, a lucky gang of Chicago musicians are headed to Austin, TX for the annual music crush, South by Southwest. This year, as in years past, we'll be living vicariously through two awesome local acts: The Waco Brothers and In Tall Buildings.


Bloodshot Records artists Waco Brothers would be right at home in Austin any day of the year, with their tried and true alt-country heart and rugged punk edges. Helmed by Jon Langford, they're loud enough to drown out a crowd and sweet enough to charm your momma, and ultimately they're a force to be reckoned with on stage or off. Their most recent release was 2012's Great Chicago Fire.

The Waco Brothers at SXSW:
March 18: Continental Club, (1am)

March 18: Bloodshot 2015 SXSW Showcase @ Continental Club (8pm)

March 19: Twangfest @ Broken Spoke (Noon)

March 20: Bloodshot SXSW Day Party @ Yard Dog Art Gallery (Noon)

March 20: South by Sapporo Party @ Cheers Shot Bar (2:45pm)


In Tall Buildings comes in at the opposite side of the spectrum from The Waco Brothers, partly just from sheer numbers — the group is in truth, just one man (with many roles). Erik Hall writes, sings, and often performs all the instruments on his albums. When on stage, he's often joined by talented friends filling in where Hall's hands can't (thanks, physics). His dreamy tunes are tapped from Hall's Chicago experiences, and are given substance by his musicianship and dedication to his craft. We talked recently about In Tall Buildings' latest debut, just a few weeks old, Driver.

In Tall Buildings at SXSW:

March 19: at The Hideout (617 Congress Ave) in Austin, TX.

Needless to say, we're excited to get daily updates on both bands' SXSW experiences. Keep an eye out as we start to get daily entries from our Chicago ambassadors, tomorrow.

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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
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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


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Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
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Cubby Bear
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Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
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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
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Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Drag City
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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