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Preview Sun Jul 05 2015

Ruido Fest Enters as a Top-Tier Chicago Fest


It's seemed like a new music festival's popped up each of the last few summers. But this year's most exciting new festival brings something that Chicago hasn't quite had before. Primarily, it's not a lineup of recycled acts that played a different major festival last year. Ruido Fest is rooted in Latin alternative or alterlatino or rock en espaƱol, however you want to call it. And it is stacked.

From the headliners down to the bands in fine print, Ruido Fest bursts onto the scene with a powerhouse lineup. Cafe Tacuba and Zoe are the megastars with the Latin Grammys and the stage spectacles. (In 2007 while Pearl Jam was playing Lollapalooza, Cafe Tacuba was the only band opposing them. Even to just a fraction of Lolla's crowd they put on a show like they were the biggest band of the day.) But the rest of the lineup certainly doesn't fall off a cliff in talent or reputation; from Banda de Turistas' indie-pop to Cardiel's stoner thrashing to Dellarge's disco/house beats to Chicago's Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta's cumbia to Los Rakas' hip-hop/reggae... and on it goes.

Ruido Fest is July 10-12 in Pilsen. 3-day tickets are $154.99, or $254.99 for VIP. Daily tickets start at $54.99. Ruido Fest is at Addams/Medill Park at 15th & Loomis.

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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
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Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
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UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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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
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The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
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He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
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Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
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mP Shows
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Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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