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Stars Align Mon Nov 02 2015

Don't Miss Stars Align with Makaya McCraven and Shane Parish


Makaya McCraven and Shane Parish (Photos: Nathan Michael, Scott Hubener)

Join us for the next installment of our concert series Stars Align with a collaboration between two International Anthem artists, drummer Makaya McCraven and guitarist Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas). Both McCraven and Parish are powerful improvisers, so this is sure to be a unique performance you don't want to miss.

McCraven, called one of Chicago's most "in-demand drummers" by the Reader, seamlessly shifts from jazz in one breath to hip hop or house in the next. He's an experienced collaborator, so it'll be exciting to see what he comes up with while he's paired up with Parish.

Parish, both in his solo work and as part of Ahleuchatistas, brings the drive and intensity of rock to a swelling, flowing songwriting style. He's no stranger to improvisation either, so it'll be fun to see what happens when these two musical forces collide.

Both McCraven and Parish have new recordings out on International Anthem Recording Co., so they're sure to riff of of some of those works, as well as some other originals and cover songs as well. This Stars Align is a prefect opportunity to hang out, enjoy some great beer and craft cocktails, and maybe even expand your musical horizons.

You'll also get a chance to hear from the artists when our new emcee Alex Ward (The Noise FM) gets them to riff a bit about music, life, pet peeves, or whatever you'd like to hear about (let us know on Facebook).

We think its stripped-down, intimate setting is one of the best in the city, and thanks to our sponsors at Begyle Brewing, the show is still free. What more could you ask for?

So join us the next time the Stars Align, Wednesday, November 11 at 9pm at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee Ave. Let us know you're coming (and tell your friends!)

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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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