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Preview Sat Dec 12 2015

Weird Era, Continued: Deerhunter to Perform Two Shows at Thalia Hall, 12/13/15

It's hard to pin down Deerhunter. But with plenty of post-punk bass riffs, shoegaze guitar effects, and garage rock strums that landed critical acclaim for Atlanta, Georgia natives, the band's real signature has been carving out a sound out of noise.

Deerhunter released their seventh album Fading Frontier this October, which looks at life through kaleidoscopic lenses. They turned down the gain on their amps after the garage-rock-inspired Monomania in 2013 and instead the band returned with shimmery and sleek meditations. (The band also released their "concept map" that they brewed up while seeking out what sounds, influences, and concepts they would channel during the recordings).

But, like any Deerhunter record, the lyrics are morose and morbid. Lead singer Bradford Cox's serious car accident spurred much of the songwriting for the record -- especially on the duet "Breaker" between Cox and lead guitarist Lockett Pundt.

They may be trekking a fading frontier, but they have always been able to chart new territory. Because the highly demanded band sold out the night, they will also perform an earlier show at 5:30 with no opener. Cox's side-project Atlas Sound will open the later show at 9:00 pm. Tickets for either show cost $22 in advance, and the link for the early show can be found here.

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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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