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Concert Thu May 15 2008

Hurry, Call Poison Control!

If you break out in a sweat and feel the urge to flop around and flail your arms about you either need to call the poison control center, or you are in the middle of a legendary set by Ames, IA band The Poison Control Center. Known for ending shows in a “pig-pile” and whipping the crowd into a chaotic frenzy with their horns and poppy hooks, the PCC “want to break down the wall between crowd and band, everyone needs to feel each others' sweat to make it magical!"

It was nearly one year ago that Patrick R.Tape Fleming (Guitar, Vocals), Devin W. Frank (Guitar, Trumpet, Vocals), Joseph P. Terry (Bass, Trumpet, Vocals), Donald Ephraim Curtis III (Drums, Saxophone, Vocals) signed to the great Minnesota label Afternoon Records. Since that time they have released an ep (Glory Us), their debut full-length (A Collage of Impressions) and are preparing to release a new ep (Make Love A Star Ep) on July 22nd.

[mp3] The Poison Control Center - Make Love a Star

The Poison Control Center will be appearing at Schubas tomorrow night (5/16) w/ Chicago’s Head of Femur and The Heavenly States. This is a 21+ over show that starts at 10:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

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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
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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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