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Review Sat Sep 26 2015

Twin Peaks and Wavves Punked Out at the Vic


Twin Peaks was showing off their Chicago (I was about to write Chitown but then thought about that Gapers Block button...) pride last night at the Vic. The fivesome of Midwestern punk rockers had as backing on the stage a banner flaunting a (rather pot-bellied) Benny the Bull with the four blue Chicago stars arrayed above him and a sleepy-eyed sun saying "'sup dog?"

The group started things off with "Telephone" from 2014's Wild Onion and moved into "Natural Villain" from 2013's Sunken and back to Wild Onion with "Flavor". The crowd was eating up the group's pop-infused garage rock and loving every second of it, and the group ended things with a multi-faceted bang -- the guitarist hurdled himself into the audience to crowd surf, the keyboardist took some piece of equipment off the stage, ripped it up and tossed it at the crowd, and the lead singer popped a confetti cannon at the overjoyed concert-goers.

After that enthusiastic send off, Wavves took to the stage, backed by a tie-dyed ying-yang banner of blue and purple. This is a co-headlining tour, but the enthusiasm was clearly more on the side of Twin Peaks in their hometown, as quite a few people had peaced out after the confetti cleared, but there was still a good sized crowd that stuck it out for the San Diego punk rockers. Wavves and Twin Peaks make a good pairing -- both excellent punk bands in their own right, with Twin Peaks infusing their music with pop and Wavves infusing their music with sunny surfer vibes. The surf punkers started things off with "Idiot" and "Linus Spacehead" from 2010's King of the Beach as well as playing the crowd some of their new material "My Head Hearts" from their forthcoming 2015 release V. Based on the material they played at the show last night I'd say it's worth it to grab a copy early.

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Rick / September 27, 2015 6:16 AM

Pony is a song. The album is called V.

Celeste / September 27, 2015 11:19 AM

You're absolutely right - thanks for the correction.

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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

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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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