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Music Critic Jessica Hopper Hosts MCA Talks with Neko Case, Run the Jewels

Jessica Hopper isn't afraid to admit she's had a "strange relationship with music."

We all do. She's just bold enough to put it all on paper.

Within the first couple pages of her new book The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic, she dissects how her marriage to music has impacted -- and other times -- interfered with the way she feels and functions. For her, music is a "language" that can "decipher just how fucked" she is.

Often (mis)guided by her experiences, the newly departed Pitchfork editor's anthology is a complete annotation to understanding how music has shared the burden in shaping the way we eat, breathe, talk and live. Her work proves that politics and pop culture are symbiotic, and love garnered by eager listeners provoke its growth.

From Chicago to California, Courtney Love to Kendrick Lamar, the Chicago Reader to the Village Voice, Hopper turns to mannerisms and the mainstream to unravel the spontaneity of music's subconscious.

Even though music serves as a private testament to our growth as individuals, it saves room to remind us that we haven't completely parted ways with our twisted teenage angst and our half-baked twenties' philosophies. Like it or not, a song so much holds the power to change the course of our mind, our heart and our soul. While lyrics always play devil's advocate to our lives, the chorus stands firmly as our conscience. The pauses or interludes in between tracks call for us to decide, to act and to reflect.

For Hopper, she has come to the conclusion that "there is a void in [her] guts which can only be filled by songs." As for the rest of us, we're left to figure things out on our own, and her simplest instruction is to start by listening.

In partnership for Pitchfork and MCA's art series In Sight Out, Hopper will host engaging discussions with acclaimed singer-songwriter Neko Case Dec. 9 and hip-hop duo Run The Jewels Jan. 16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets for both events will be sold starting this Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12:30pm.

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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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