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photo: Julien Baker in NYC in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Julien Baker

The annual multi-venue Chicago festival Tomorrow Never Knows returns this year from January 13-17, and as usual there's plenty of great stuff to see. One artist we definitely don't think you should miss is Julien Baker, the young singer/songwriter whose live show instantly won us over and whose debut album Sprained Ankle was one of our favorites of 2015.

Other highlights on the lineup include Eternal Summers and Wildhoney (who both also made one of our favorite albums of 2015), plus The Go! Team, METZ, Torres, Bully, Lady Lamb, San Fermin, Tobacco, Lou Barlow, Whitney, All Them Witches, American Wrestlers, FaltyDL, Andy Shauf, Mild High Club and more. Check out the full schedule HERE. TIckets are on sale.

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...

Continue reading "Strand of Oaks, Kevin Morby & Adia Victoria played a TNK show at Lincoln Hall (pics, setlist, video)"

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...

Continue reading "Protomartyr, Spider Bags + more played a TNK show at Lincoln Hall (pics, setlist)"


The annual winter Tomorrow Never Knows fest returns to various music venues throughout Chicago in January, and this year's stellar lineup looks something like this:

01/14: The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) | Operators

01/15: Kishi Bashi String Quartet | Grifters | Protomartyr | Cameron Esposito

01/16: Cloud Nothings | Zola Jesus | Hamilton Leithauser | PUP | Sara Schaefer | Joe Mande

01/17: Jukebox the Ghost | Strand of Oaks | Alvvays | Tim Heidecker

01/18: The Family Crest

Venues include chubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall, Metro Chicago, The Athenaeum Theatre, and Hideout Inn. Tickets, 5-day passes and more info HERE.

Cloud Nothings @ P4K Fest (more by James Richards IV)
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, who like St. Vincent were in town to play Pitchfork over the summer, like St. Vincent just announced their own Chicago show and it happens at Metro on 1/16 as part of Tomorrow Never Knows. Tickets are on sale now.

photos by Sara Pieper

Yuck // Diarrhea Planet at Lincoln Hall on 01.19.2014

Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 closed on a high note this past Sunday (1/19) with the solid bill of guitar-heavy outfits Yuck, Diarrhea Planet, Pink Frost, and Alvvays at Lincoln Hall. We've got a set of pictures--none of Alvvays unfortunately--and some video footage from the festival closer in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Yuck, Diarrhea Planet & Pink Frost played Lincoln Hall during TNK2014 (pics, video)"

photos by Milos Markicevic

Weekend at Schubas on 01.17.2014

Shoegaze-y post-punk trio Weekend toured through Chicago last week to headline a Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 performance at Schubas on Friday night (1/17). Support on that show came from Bare Mutants, their heavy tourmates Nothing, and local dreampop outfit StarTropics, and we've got pictures and some video footage in this post.

After they polish off their current winter tour, Weekend will hit the road once again in March. Their spring stint includes another Chicago show at the Empty Bottle on April 5 and advance tickets are on sale now.

All Weekend dates and more pictures // some video footage from Schubas lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Weekend played Schubas during TNK2014 (pics, video), playing the Empty Bottle in April"

Metro photos by Jeff Ryan; Saki photos by Zach Pollack

Superchunk at Metro on 01.18.2014

Superchunk came through Chicago this past weekend to headline one of the larger Tomorrow Never Knows performances at Metro on Saturday night (1/18). Support on that show came from Roomrunner and Split Single (aka the project of current touring bassist Jason Narducy), and pictures of all three acts are in this post. Before hitting Metro for a full-band show, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur also played an acoustic in-store at Saki Records. The pair played a handful of tunes from 2013's great I Hate Music and slipped in "Detroit Has a Skyline," "Learned To Surf," and other older tunes. Pictures and some video footage from their Saki in-store are also in this post.

More pictures + their setlist from Metro and shots + videos from Saki lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Superchunk played Metro & an in-store at Saki (pics from both)"

photos by Brigid Gallagher

Darkside at Metro on 01.17.2014

Darkside, the collaborative project of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, tagged Chicago on Friday night (1/17) for a performance at Metro as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2014. The prog/dance duo brought airy, pulsating soundscapes and Pink Floyd-esque guitar lines to the packed venue of folks ready to let loose. Were you there? If so, what did you think of the show? A set of pictures from Metro are in this post.

More below...

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photos by Brigid Gallagher

Oneohtrix Point Never at Lincoln Hall on 01.16.2014

On Thursday night (1/16) at Lincoln Hall, Tomorrow Never Knows hosted ambient electronic artists Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker, with local support from Circuit des Yeux and Soleman. A set of pictures----unfortunately none of CDY and Soleman----and some video footage from the packed-yet-low-key show are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Circuit des Yeux & Soleman played Lincoln Hall (pics, video)"

photos by Zach Pollack

Jim Jones Revue // Minor Characters at Schubas on 01.15.2014

Lincoln Hall and Schubas' annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows kicked off earlier this week with performances at a handful of venues throughout the city. UK rock 'n' roll band The Jim Jones Revue, local indie rockers Minor Characters, theatrical psych-pop outfit Diane Coffee, and blues rockers the Chicago Stone Lightning Band shared a bill on opening night (Wednesday, January 15) over at Schubas. We've got pictures plus some video footage from the show in this post.

Tomorrow Never Knows continues with many more shows this weekend, including Weekend at Schubas, Darkside at Metro, and Yuck at Lincoln Hall.

Pictures and video footage from Wednesday night's show at Schubas lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Jim Jones Revue, Minor Characters & Diane Coffee played Schubas (pics, video)"

Superchunk @ Hideout Block Party 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)

As we've been telling you, Lincoln Hall and Schubas are bringing a bunch of great bands through Chicago this week for their Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. Some of those bands will be playing in-stores at Saki Records in addition to their stacked venue shows. You already know that Diane Coffee----the project of Foxygen's Shaun Fleming----play a 5PM in-store tonight (Wednesday, 1/15) and that Mutual Benefit and Thin Hymns visit the shop for a 3PM event on Friday afternoon (1/17), and here are some new developments. Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Jim Wilbur are slated for a 3PM acoustic in-store on Saturday afternoon (1/18) and Diarrhea Planet will roll through for a blistering 4PM set on Sunday (1/19). All in-stores are free, open to all-ages, and are BYOB. You'll also get 20% off any title from a TNK band this week. Sweet deal, huh?

Mutual Benefit BV Studio Session...
Mutual Benefit

Jordan Lee's art pop collective Mutual Benefit had a great 2013, plucked seemingly out of Brooklyn band obscurity when Pitchfork decided to award 'Best New Music' to their new album which also ended up on the site's Top 50 Albums of 2013. No complaints here. "Love's Crushing Diamond" has been on repeat around in our headphones as well, and we were more than thrilled when we managed to get the band into a Brooklyn studio to record some songs for us. Watch the BV Studio Session video below.

Mutual Benefit is about to head out on a tour that has them in Chicago on Friday, 1/17, for a Tomorrow Never Knows show at Lincoln Hall with the Rural Alberta Advantage and Kopecky Family Band. Tickets are still available for that great bill. AND earlier that same day MB plays a FREE instore at Saki with the Hymns. Saki is also hosting Diane Coffee (Shaun Fleming of Foxygen) in their store on 1/15.

All Mutual Benefit dates are listed along with the BV Session video below.

Continue reading "Mutual Benefit playing Lincoln Hall & a Saki instore on tour; Recorded a BV Session (watch!)"

by Andrew Sacher

Ryley Walker

Friend, collaborator, and past tourmate of American Primitivism guitarist Daniel Bachman, Chicago's Riley Walker crafts excellent psych-folk indebted to the cult heroes of the late '60s and early '70s, whose impact took decades to hit and is still being felt today. He's currently got an EP out (vinly only) and plans to release a full length in April, but meanwhile, he does have one single online, "The West Wind." You can watch the video for that track (via FADER) below.

Maybe you've caught Ryley at one of his hometown shows, like 2012's Neon Marshmallow Fest. He has a couple shows scheduled for this month, including an opening slot on the previously discussed San Fermin show at Schubas on 1/18 as part of Tomorrow Never Knows. That show also features The Luyas and Landmarks, and tickets are still available.

Afterwards, he plays a FREE show opening for fellow psych-folk singer Weyes Blood at Empty Bottle on January 27.

No other dates announced at the moment. Video below...

Continue reading "Ryley Walker planning LP, playing Chicago shows w/ San Fermin & Weyes Blood (watch a video)"

Superchunk @ A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2013 (more by Jeff Ryan)

Annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows is continuing to expand its lineup to both include new shows and feature great openers.

A pair of new ones are Superchunk and Roomrunner at Metro on January 18 (tickets) and Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker at Lincoln Hall on January 16. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (11/15) at noon CST.

Diarrhea Planet, who headline Beat Kitchen this Saturday (11/16), have also been added as support for Yuck // Pink Frost at Lincoln Hall on January 19 (tickets).

An updated TNK 2014 schedule can be found below...

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Jim Jones Revue @ Brooklyn's MHoW in 2011 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)

As we've been telling you, Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 is set to take place from January 15-19 at Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Metro, Smart Bar, and the Hideout. In addition to the initial festival lineup of Darkside, Yuck, Weekend, Betty Who, John Newman, The Rural Alberta Advantage, James Adomian, Nikki Glaser, and Natasha Leggero, more acts have now been announced. That list of newly confirmed artists includes The Jim Jones Revue, Cayucas, San Fermin, Pink Frost, Landmarks, and Indians.

Here's the full festival lineup:

Wednesday, January 15
* Cayucas, Jeremy Messersmith, Bonzie, Bad Bad Hats @ Lincoln Hall
* The Jim Jones Revue, Diane Coffee, Chicago Stone Lightning Band @ Schubas

Thursday, January 16
* Betty Who @ Schubas
* James Adomian @ Hideout (7 & 10PM)

Friday, January 17
* The Rural Alberta Advantage @ Lincoln Hall
* Weekend, StarTropics @ Schubas
* Nikki Glaser @ Hideout (7 & 10PM)
* Darkside @ Metro
* AndHim @ Smart Bar

Saturday, January 18
* John Newman @ Lincoln Hall
* San Fermin, Landmarks @ Schubas
* Natasha Leggero @ Hideout (7 & 10PM)
* Hugo Ball @ Smart Bar

Sunday, January 19
* Yuck, Pink Frost @ Lincoln Hall
* Indians, Casimer & Casimir @ Schubas

Individual tickets for each show (linked above) go on sale this Friday (11/1) at noon CST. More five-day festival passes will also be made available soon. Stay tuned for additional TNK 2014 information.


As discussed, Schubas and Lincoln Hall's annual Tomorrow Never Knows Festival is slated to take place from January 15-19 in 2014. Shows will also be taking place at Metro, Smart Bar, the Hideout, and The Athenaeum Theatre, and they've now shared their initial lineup. That lineup includes Darkside, Yuck, Weekend, Betty Who, John Newman, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and comedians James Adomian, Nikki Glaser, and Natasha Leggero. Early Bird five-day passes are long sold-out, but hang in there for additional ticketing information.

We do know that Darkside will be playing Metro on January 17 as park of TNK 2014, and advance tickets for just that show are on sale now.

All other festival information is forthcoming. The current TNK 2014 lineup is below...

Continue reading "Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 announce initial lineup (Darkside, Weekend, Yuck & more)"


As discussed, Schubas and Lincoln Hall's annual Tomorrow Never Knows Festival is slated to take place from January 15-19 in 2014. Shows will also be held at Metro, Smart Bar, the Hideout, and The Athenaeum Theatre. Early Bird five-day passes ($75) for the winter fest are on sale now. They'll get you into every show if you're of age (Hideout and Smart Bar are 21+).

All other TNK 2014 info. is forthcoming.


Schubas & Lincoln Hall's annual winter festival Tomorrow Never Knows is slated to return for a 2014 edition, from January 15-19. Other participating venues include Metro, Smart Bar, Hideout, and The Athenaeum Theatre. All other festival information is forthcoming. Stay tuned for more details...

Meanwhile, revisit our coverage of TNK 2013.

photos by Zach Pollack, words by Ben Wilkes

Jessie Ware @ Lincoln Hall on 1.20.2013
Jessie Ware

Despite bone-chilling temperatures on Sunday night (1/20), Jessie Ware sold-out Lincoln Hall for her Chicago debut and delicately positioned the cherry on top of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. Ware brought broad smiles to chapped lips and smooth steps to shrunken joints as she emerged from swaths of thick blue smoke to deliver "Devotion" as the opener to a set that made me question whether listening to her recordings again could ever do her stunning voice justice.

As conversational with the crowd as I have ever seen an artist, Ware delivered graceful banter and open storytelling with her endearing British accent and phrases (she described Lincoln Hall as "swish"). Ware told us about getting her nails done earlier that day, about how "Taking in Water," though oft overlooked, is one of her favorite songs to perform because it's about her little brother, and at one pause exclaimed, "There are so many blokes in here! Where are all my girls?"

This has certainly been an overwhelmingly exciting year for Ware, but she didn't hesitate to offer sincere details on the news we've been anxiously reading about her budding career. She apologized for the difficulty of accessing her music online--lamenting Devotion being taken off iTunes--and informed us that Questlove's fro smells like the loveliest of incenses. Caught up in nervous giggles during the first verse of "What You Won't Do For Love," Ware gives us hope that a genuine, grateful pop star can succeed in the cutthroat music business. The audience was more than willing to wait for her to compose herself; it almost made closing our eyes and mouthing the words more enjoyable.

Ware's band was as remarkable as the diva herself, providing exceedingly tight soul grooves and tearing through "Wildest Moments," "Running," "Sweet Talk," and "110%" with enviable precision. Ware's crew is a studied, fluid operation. Jessie Ware was humble, passionate, and one of the best live voices I've heard in a while. The faces of fans in the crowd gave me faith that she'll stick around; Ware can't resist keeping them smiling.

On An On, Mister Lies, and DJ Kriz Baronia opened the show, and a set of pictures from the night are in this post. More below...

Continue reading "Jessie Ware, On An On, Mister Lies & Kriz Baronia played Lincoln Hall (pics, review)"

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...

Continue reading "Chelsea Wolfe, The Amazing, King Dude & Sabers played Schubas (pics, review, video)"

photos by Stan Golovchuk

Low Times hosts // Steve Albini @ the Hideout on 1.17.2013
Low Times Live
Low Times Live

On Thursday night (1/17) The Low Times Podcast had their first-ever live show at the Hideout as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. Much like their archived episodes, hosts Tom Scharpling, Daniel Ralston, and Maggie Serota had in-depth discussions with their Chicago-based guests at the intimate venue. Guests included Steve Albini, Richard Marx, and house band Advance Base (aka the project of Owen Ashworth). Ashworth was a part of the very first episode of Low Times, which you can listen to at their website.

A set of pictures from Low Times Live continue below...

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photos by Milos Markicevic

Merchandise @ Schubas on 1.17.2013

While Wild Belle were headlining Lincoln Hall on Thursday night (1/17), Tampa, Florida's Merchandise played Schubas with Dusted, Sundress, and Sybris. Though they were without their new drummer Elsner Nino (of Shoxx), the group delivered a solid performance that we've become familiar with by catching them at the Mousetrap. During their set, frontman Carson Cox let us know, "This is the first time we've played, you know, a respectable place for adults to go." Though the crowd was a bit calmer than we've seen for them at the Mousetrap, their Schubas show wasn't any less enjoyable.

A set of pictures and some videos from the Tomorrow Never Knows show are below...

Continue reading "Merchandise, Dusted, Sundress & Sybris played Schubas --- (pics, video)"

photos by Sara Pieper

Wild Belle @ Lincoln Hall on 1.17.2013
Wild Belle

On Thursday night (1/17) native Chicagoans Wild Belle headlined Lincoln Hall as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. High Highs, Black Light Dinner Party, and Winston Wolf kicked off the night. Were you there? What did you think of the show? We've got pictures and a couple of videos. More below...

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Jessie Ware @ NYC's The Box, December 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK songstress Jessie Ware welcomed her great debut LP, Devotion, in August of 2012. She's currently on tour throughout the US, and visited Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (1/16) to perform the Devotion standout "Wildest Moments" with a little help from The Roots. Footage of her Fallon performance can be found at the bottom of this post.

As discussed, Jessie Ware will make her Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall this Sunday (1/20) with support from On An On, Mister Lies (who is on the cover of the Reader's B-Side this week), and Kriz Baronia as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013. That show is sold-out, but you can still get in if you've got a five-day festival pass, which are still available.

Earlier this week, Jessie Ware released her new EP, If You're Never Gonna Move, via Island Records. The five-song EP features Devotion's "If You're Never Gonna Move," "Sweet Talk," and "Devotion," a cover of "What You Won't Do For Love," and a Two Inch Punch remix of "If You're Never Gonna Move." A stream of her new EP can be found below.

All known Jessie Ware tour dates, footage from her Fallon performance, and a stream of her new EP are below...

Continue reading "watch Jessie Ware play 'Fallon' with The Roots (video); she makes her Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall this Sunday"