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January 19, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Strand of Oaks / Kevin Morby at Lincoln Hall
Strand of Oaks
Kevin Morby

Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 finished off this past weekend with shows at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, the Metro, The Anthenaeum Theater, and the Hideout. We opted to catch Strand of Oaks' Lincoln Hall gig on Saturday night (1/17) with support from former Woods bassist turned solo artist Kevin Morby and Nashville-via-South Carolina dark Americana chanteuse Adia Victoria. Strand of Oaks delivered nearly all of 2014's great HEAL, as well as a few older tunes and a blistering cover of The Replacements classic "Alex Chilton". A full set of pictures, video footage of the HEAL cut "JM," and Strand of Oaks' complete setlist are in this post.

We've also got coverage of Protomartyr's TNK show, which you can check out HERE. Which TNK 2015 shows did you attend?

More pictures from the 1/17 show, some video footage, and Strand of Oaks' setlist lie after the jump...

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January 17, 2015

photos by James Richards IV

Protomartyr / Spider Bags at Lincoln Hall
Spider Bags

The 2015 edition of Schubas // Lincoln Hall's annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows kicked off earlier this week with shows happening at those two venues, as well as at Metro, The Athenaeum Theater, and the Hideout. First up for us was Detroit post punks Protomartyr's headlining show at Lincoln Hall (the outfit's second time there since the release of 2014's great Under Color Of Official Right) with support from Merge-signed garage slingers Spider Bags, locals Varsity, and Detroit's Turn To Crime. Protomartyr frontman Joe Casey snarled over the ace band's intense dissonance, making for just the type of cathartic performance we've come to expect from these guys. Spider Bags were a choice precursor too, and we unfortunately missed the other two sets that night. Pictures from the 1/24 Lincoln Hall show, including a shot of Protomartyr's setlist, are in this post. TNK 2015 continues through Sunday, and we've got additional coverage from the fest on the way.

More LH pics lie after the jump...

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December 23, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

My Brightest Diamond
My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond brought her tour to Chicago back in November for a show at Lincoln Hall (11/13) with Dosh. Like at other tour stops, she started the show with a marching band on the floor, and then proceeded to finish the set with her band on the stage. We've got a belated set of pictures from that show in this post.

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December 12, 2014

Future Islands

St. Vincent and Future Islands got in the season's spirt with a holiday show at the Chicago Theatre on December 2. Check out more pictures of that great double bill at BrooklynVegan.

December 10, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Antemasque / Le Butcherettes

Antemasque, the current band of Mars Volta/At the Drive-In members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López, brought their tour to Chicago for a show on November 16 the Metro. Opening that show and the rest of the tour was Omar's pals Le Butcherettes. More pictures over at BrooklynVegan.

November 19, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Interpol // Hundred Waters at the Riviera Theatre
Hundred Waters

Last week, Interpol brought their El Pintour run with LA experimentalists Hundred Waters through Chicago for a packed show at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday, November 12. The long-running NYC crew were heavy on that LP as well as 2002's Turn on the Bright Lights, and they also played a few tunes from both Antics and their 2010 self-titled album. Pictures and their full setlist from the Riv are in this post.

Hundred Waters are out with Interpol for the remainder of November, and have now announced a February/March North American tour of their own. That set of dates includes a show at Lincoln Hall on February 24, and tickets go on sale this Friday (11/21) at noon CST.

More pictures from the Riv, Interpol's setlist, and Hundred Waters dates lie after the jump...

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November 13, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Alt-J at the Riv on 11.01.2014

Alt-J brought their tour in support of This Is All Yours through Chicago for a sold-out, two-night stand at the Riviera Theatre earlier this month. We caught the first of two shows with openers Lovelife, and pictures from the Riv are in this post. More below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Milos Markicevic

Slowdive // Low at the Vic Theatre on 10.30.2014

After seeing Slowdive put on a fantastic show at Pitchfork Fest 2014, I was eager to see them perform in a club setting. I got the opportunity a couple of weeks ago when the band returned to Chicago to play the Vic Theatre alongside minimalist rockers Low, who opened the show with a brief-yet-intimate set. Waiting for Slowdive to hit the stage, I noticed a lot of familiar faces in the crowd-- members of Russian Circles, Implodes, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, BMSR) were all in attendance. The band finally came on and opened with their self-titled cut, followed by highlights such as "Machine Gun," "Blue Skied an' Clear," and "Allison." The band came off even bigger and louder than before, surpassing the sound quality of some of their recorded material. At the show I also met a guy who drove all the way from Ontario to see them play again; if that isn't a testament to how great the band is live, I don't know what is. Hands down the best reunion tour of the year.

Pictures from the Vic Theatre are in this post. More of them can be found after the jump, alongside Slowdive and Low's complete setlists.

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November 11, 2014

photos by James Richards IV

Twin Peaks // Ne-Hi at Lincoln Hall on 10.30.2014

Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks are currently winding their way through North America in support of their new LP Wild Onion. That run hit Chicago for a Devil's Night hometown show at Lincoln Hall with support from Ne-Hi and Flesh Panthers, and pictures are in this post. More of them, The Warriors gang Halloween costumes included, can be found below...

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October 28, 2014

photos by Brigid Gallagher

SBTRKT at the Riviera Theatre

UK producer SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) brought his North American tour in support of Wonder Where We Land through Chicago for a sold-out show at the Riviera Theatre last Thursday (10/23). Jerome and frequent live/studio collaborator Sampha tore through cuts from the new LP, as well as favorites from their wildly successful 2011 effort. The pair also performed a remix of the Radiohead tune "Lotus Flower," and footage of that can be found at the bottom of this post.

Pictures from the Riv and that video footage lie after the jump...

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