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Classical Tue Apr 14 2015

Pulling Strings: For classical music in Chicago, you got a guy - April 2015

All kinds of crossover this month as ancient to contemporary music blurs together and crosses boundaries, and the apparent lines between classical and pop disintegrate. Go hear it!

Fifth House Ensemble and Baladino: Nedudim
Fifth House's season blazes ahead with Nedudim, a collaborative program with Israeli folk band Baladino that explores Middle Eastern, European, and American cultures through ancient and contemporary sounds. The program includes updated arrangements of Ladino and Israeli folk melodies, as well as contemporary pieces by Americans Robert Beaser and Dan Visconti that feature Baladino soloists. In their mission and approach to music, both ensembles emphasize creativity through collaboration, and Nedudim illustrates the fluid and shared nature of music through diasporic cultures. You won't hear anything else like this concert on the calendar the rest of the year. Tickets are $20/general, $15/students. Friday, April 17, 7pm. Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago. Monday, April 20, 7pm. Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.

Fulcrum Point: THE NEWS
Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble gives the Midwest Premiere of Jacob TV's THE NEWS, a pop-opera — a scorching critique of modern media culture. Utilizing projected news footage and an array of musical styles and mind-blowing techniques, THE NEWS explores politics, pop culture, economics, and religion in a satirical and thoroughly entertaining 90-minute work. The killer lineup includes soprano Nora Fischer and rhythmic vocalist Loire alongside Fulcrum Point's Stephen Burns and a core of the city's best jazz and experimental musicians. One night only. Tickets are $26. Tuesday, April 21, 8pm. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport, Chicago.

THE NEWS trailer 2013 from JacobTV on Vimeo.

eighth blackbird: Still in Motion
Did you know that Europeans once had a musical tradition of recounting homicide through song? In its debut at the Old Town School of Folk, top-notch new music ensemble eighth blackbird will present a program on this very theme, centered around Bryce Dessner's (The National) "Murder Ballades." With virtuosity and theatricality, 8bb explores grisly tales, fiddle tunes, and folk songs in this one-night-only performance. The program includes multi-composer suite, "Songs of Love and Loss," with works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Bon Iver, and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry. Tickets are $25/general, $20/OTS members. Friday, April 24, 8pm. Old Town School of Folk Music, Mauer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.


About the author: Elliot Mandel photographs classical concerts and you should hire him for your next show. He also writes reviews and plays cello.

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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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