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Preview Wed Sep 09 2015

The Non-Riot Fest After Riot Fest Show

If you like your garage rock with a healthy dollop of power pop and you haven't seen Mikal Cronin in Chicago this year, you may need to remedy that this weekend. In June, he and his band played back-to-back nights at Subterranean and Green Music Fest. This weekend they return to the Empty Bottle. Cronin's southern California roots lay a base for the breezy melodies in his tunes, but it's the super catchy big guitar riffs that keep ears on alert. His latest album MCIII is yet another excellent showcase of jangly pop songs, and with a second half that sounds as emotional as anything he's done. And while he seems like a very pleasant person, when he gets locked in on stage, he's ferocious.

Mikal Cronin headlines the Empty Bottle on Sunday, September 13. Calvin Love and the Cairo Gang open. It's 21+ and $15. The Empty Bottle's at 1035 N. Western.

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Pete / September 9, 2015 2:10 PM

Mikal Cronin's facebook feed/bandsintown lists this as being at Thalia Hall.

Who's right? I've tried asking both EB and MC (via FB), and neither have answered.

Pete / September 9, 2015 5:40 PM

Mr. Cronin fixed the erroneous info on his side of things. Empty Bottle it is!

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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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