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photos by Zach Pollack, words by Shelby Shaw

Chelsea Wolfe @ Schubas on 1.19.2013
Chelsea Wolfe

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...

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photos by James Richards IV

Tame Impala at Metro on 11.13.2012
Tame Impala

On Tuesday night (11/13) Tame Impala brought their tour with Stockholm, Sweden's The Amazing through Chicago to play a sold-out show-- an on-going theme for the tour-- at Metro. Their headlining set consisted of an even mix of songs from Innerspeaker and the new Lonerism. The crowd really went nuts for their newer material, like the tight groove of "Elephant" and airy ballad "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," which were performed back-to-back in the middle of their set. At times, the guitar tones became a bit muddy, due to the mass of effects pedals used, but overall they sounded great. Were you there? What did you think?

More pictures and the setlist from the 11/13 show at Metro can be found below...

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The Amazing

Sweden's The Amazing kick off a North American tour with Tame Impala tonight in New York City. As mentioned, that tour will make its way to Chicago on November 13 for a sold-out show at Metro. Did you grab tickets in time? If not, we've got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win them can be found below. As we also mentioned, the group will be back in Chicago on January 19 to play Schubas with Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013.

The Amazing's Gentle Stream LP originally hit stores in 2011 via Subliminal Sounds, but just saw a US release in October via Partisan Records. Gentle Stream is a collection of shimmery, experimental folk with a tip of the hat to roots rock. You can take a listen to Gentle Steam in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

All tour dates, contest details, and a stream of... Gentle Stream are below...

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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.

The other new show will be headlined by San Francisco's Geographer, and is taking place at Schubas on January 20. Tickets for that show are also going on sale this Friday at noon CST.

Hundred Waters, who recently played Schubas with Julia Holter, have been added to Freelance Whales' January 19 show at Lincoln Hall with Snowmine. Advance tickets are still available.

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.