Entries tagged with: King Dude
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King Dude // Nones at Cobrafest on 7.21.2013
Cobrafest 2013 finished off Sunday (7/21) with performances by King Dude, White Mystery, Rainbow Gun Show, and Nones. You've already seen pics from Day 1 and Day 2 of Sailor Jerry's Cobrafest 2013, and pictures from Day 3 are in this post. More below...
This year's Cobrafest is being headlined by The Bronx on the Friday (7/19), along with sets from The People's Temple, Habibi, and Thing; by Growlers on the Saturday along with Denny & the Jets, Toxie, and "Special Guests"; and by King Dude on the Sunday along with White Mystery, Rainbow Gun Show, and Nones. In addition to the music, there will also be free Sailor Jerry tattoos. All shows start at 9 PM (set times TBA), are 21+, and totally free with RSVP.
In related news, Growlers are also going on the 'Burgerama Caravan of All-Stars' tour with Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, and Pangaea, which hits Chicago on September 28 at Subterranean. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Chelsea Wolfe @ Schubas on 1.19.2013
For the fourth night of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013, Schubas hosted an evening of acoustic and jam-rock heaviness with first openers Sabers, followed by King Dude, The Amazing, and headliner Chelsea Wolfe.
Sabers, a quintet of jeans and buttoned shirts, kicked off the show around 9PM. Their output oscillated between lighter indie rock and something more ramped up ala Arctic Monkeys. I wish the vocals were a little clearer though, because while they put on a good show, there was something missing in the lead's clarity.
King Dude (aka TJ Cowgill) took the stage next to perform his blackened americana with help from collaborator Nicholas Friesen. With a large, tattered American flag strung on two poles behind them, Cowgill sang with a likeness to Johnny Cash that had most people in the audience commenting on just how low his voice could go. When Cowgill wasn't singing as deeply as ever, his voice rested comfortably at a mild twang. King Dude seemed casually pleased with performing, which made his set all the more enjoyable.
When King Dude's stage-spanning flag was removed, Sweden's The Amazing began to set up their gear. The quintet spoke to each other in Swedish on stage and relied on frontman Christoffer Gunrup's anxious, accented English to talk to the crowd. He said at one point, "We're not drunk, we're just very tired," and I suppose that was to explain for what read as confusion between songs, between bandmates. But it was, overall, a successful set. Their paisley-coated jams seemed to sit well with the packed Schubas crowd.
As midnight approached, headliner Chelsea Wolfe and bandmates Ben Chisholm (synth) and Andrea Calderon (violin) launched into their acoustic performance. Wolfe apologized early in her set, saying she was sick and that her voice "has a mind of its own." Despite her apology and use of a throat spray between songs, Wolfe was spot-on with excellent clarity. The trio performed stripped down versions of tracks from The Grime and The Glow and Apokalypsis, as well as numbers from her latest, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. Their headlining set was intimate and incredibly captivating. Wolfe returned to the stage alone for an encore, and played a cover of Sibylle Baier's "The End."
Pictures and some videos from the 1/19 Tomorrow Never Knows show are below...
Sanford with Nachmystium at the BV Day Party, March 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chicago musician and production powerhouse Sanford Parker has graced us with his best of 2012... and not just albums. Check out the Twilight/Minsk/Buried at Sea/Nachtmystium member's contributions below...
Chelsea Wolfe @ Lincoln Hall in August (more by Zach Pollack)
As mentioned, the 2013 edition of Tomorrow Never Knows is slated to take place from January 16-20 at venues throughout the city. More acts have now been added to the festival, some to existing shows and some as brand new events.
One of those brand new shows is the stacked lineup of Chelsea Wolfe, The Amazing, and King Dude at Schubas on January 19. Ms. Wolfe made her Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall this summer, and recently released the great Unknown Rooms: A Collection Of Acoustic Songs via Sargent House. She's got an electric, full-band album coming soon. Sweden's The Amazing welcomed their Gentle Stream LP last month in the US via Partisan Records. They're currently supporting Tame Impala on tour and will be in Chicago on November 13 to play Metro. King Dude (aka TJ Cowgill) released his new album, Burning Daylight, in October via DAIS. He'll embark on a North American tour this weekend, which is set to reach Chicago on December 12 for a performance at the Empty Bottle. Tickets for Chelsea Wolfe, The Amazing, and King Dude go on sale this Friday (11/9) at noon CST.
As mentioned, The Walkmen, who played Metro as part of TNK 2012, will be playing the Vic with Father John Misty on January 18. That show is now part of Tomorrow Never Knows, with limited availability for 5-Day Pass holders. Speaking of 5-day passes, they are still available.
Stay tuned for more Tomorrow Never Knows 2013 updates.
King Dude @ Home Sweet Home in April (NYC) (more by Phil Maier)
Gothic troubadour King Dude (aka TJ Cowgill) is set to welcome his new album, Burning Daylight, on October 16 via DAIS Records. The LP serves as the follow-up to 2011's great Love, and you can take a listen to/watch the video for its lead single "Jesus in the Courtyard" at the bottom of this post. This past June, King Dude released a new 7" single of "You Can Break My Heart." That track will be appearing on Burning Daylight, and you can also stream both sides of the 7" below.
TJ is set to begin touring throughout North America later this month. Many of his dates are with Psychic TV, but he's also got a few headlining shows. One of those headlining shows is at the Empty Bottle on December 12. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (10/12) at 10AM CST.
All King Dude tour dates and some song streams/videos are below...