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Review Fri Jul 31 2015

Review: The War on Drugs @ Metro, 7/30

Midway through Thursday night's War on Drugs show, singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel dropped a simple "Thanks for coming to see us" as if everyone at a jam-packed Metro just happened to be walking along Clark and thinking, "I feel like hearing some live music tonight. I wonder who's playing nearby."

If that actually was the case for anyone, like any of the numerous people "looking for 1" outside, they lucked into quite a show. It's not like the War on Drugs popped out of nowhere, but the year and a half since the release of their fawned over Lost in the Dream album has elevated them to the type of band who sells out Metro in minutes.

Their anthemic rock'n'roll songs with a heavy dollop of noise were alive on Thursday. Granduciel owned center stage, accompanied by a full band and a pedalboard larger than my kitchen table. But it all fit together perfectly as they ran through songs from throughout the band's decade-long history. By the time they reached "An Ocean in Between Waves", it was guitar solo city with no filler. Songs went long. Arrangements varied. Quality never dipped. Why end when everyone's having a good time? Why not keep pummeling ears with a barrage of guitar riffs and licks? It's not like what anyone's hearing on the album and it's not being duplicated tomorrow night. Roll with it. And that they did.

Around the 100-minute mark, the band wrapped things up to conclude a night with earworming melodies, blistering guitar solos and some of the best "woo!"s you've heard in years. And because of how good they sounded, you walk out thinking, "That's the smallest place I'll ever see them again." If that's the case, it'll be well deserved.

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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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Alarm Magazine
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
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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
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Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
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Thalia Hall
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Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Minty Fresh
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mP Shows
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