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EDM Wed Jun 18 2014

Spring Awakening 2014 in Pictures

Our intrepid photographer Steve Stearns survived three days of fuzzy boots and technicolor hairdos to bring us these amazing photos from Spring Awakening at Soldier Field this year. Here are his snaps from last weekend's shenanigans at the stadium.

Anne Holub

DJ / Dance Thu Jun 05 2014

New Moon Boots Mix Gets You Ready for Spring Awakening


If you're heading to next weekend's Spring Awakening music fest, you're probably already pretty psyched to hear DJs spin and get your dance on. Performers include Tiesto, Diplo, Pretty Lights, Kaskade, Derrick Carter, A-Trak, and many more.

But hey, there are still 8 days to go! Give your ears a little preview with this new mix by performers Moon Boots via Soundcloud:

Spring Awakening takes place June 13-15 at Soldier Field. Single-day tickets are still available for $95/day.

Anne Holub

EDM Tue Mar 26 2013

Spring Awakening Music Festival Finalizes Lineup

Had enough festival news for the day yet? Well, if you're head's not spinning (and your wallet's not empty), here's some more.

The second annual Spring Awakening Festival (held at Soldier Field) has churned out its last wave of artists, completing what was already an impressive lineup.

As for the third headliner, Moby will be returning for his second year at the fest. This is great news considering Moby's DJ set was one of the most buzzed about sets last June but his late evening set time clashed with several of the festival's other high billed acts. This year, he'll be uninterrupted.

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Katie Karpowicz

Preview Mon Oct 22 2012

Preview: Freaky Deaky Halloween Weekend @ Congress Theater

React Presents continues to flex its muscle beyond festival season this Halloween by pulling in top names in the bass music game for back-to-back Freaky Deaky shows which hit Congress theater the weekend prior to Halloween.


With low ends rumbling louder than the scariest of stormy nights, ear-jerking melodies that rival the high octave sounds in Psycho's shower scene and drops more dramatic than anything in a Scream movie, there's already something a little eerie about dubstep. Throw in the fact that there's typically enough neon, fur and glitter at EDM shows to count as a costume party anyway and you've got a pretty perfect Halloween weekend.

The talent isn't anything to brush off either. Night one -- Friday, Oct. 26 -- gets underway with a more danceable pace. Local dubstep loveables Midnight Conspiracy are on the bill followed by Wolfgang Gartner whose styles range from traditional house to aggressive bass. The night pinnacles with a DJ set from electro dance-punkers the Bloody Beetroots.

Night two -- Saturday, Oct. 27 -- includes top billing from two of North Coast Music Festival 2012's highest energy acts, Knife Party and Tommy Trash. Knife Party drew a surprisingly huge set at the fest and delivered a crushingly heavy set. Tommy Trash is a versatile DJ who draws influences spanning both the electronic music as well as world music spectrums. Rounding off the billing is Kill The Noise. Look no further than the rising EDM star's video for his self-titled track (below) for a glimpse into his insane ability to highlight the visual and rhythmic qualities of electronic compositions.

Friday's show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available for this 17+ show starting at $35 a pop. Saturday's show is sold out.

Katie Karpowicz

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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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