A brief recap from Tomorrow Never Knows 2014 courtesy of Made Of Chalk.
A quick photo recap of this year’s festival with our ten favorite pictures.
Cheers to Brigid Gallagher, Sasha Geffen, Kris Lenz, Kirstie Shanley and Hallie Duesenberg for some fantastic pictures!
Recapping The Recaps
Thanks to everyone who came out this year to Tomorrow Never Knows! Take a look back at what you saw (or what you missed) with these recaps from Chicago Tribune, Consequence of Sound, Gapers Block, and Timeout Chicago.
TNK Day 2 Recap
This was the first time this reviewer had seen the one-piece wonder that is Haley Fohr ofCircuit des Yeux. She was often able to use pedal effects to her advantage but perhaps even more amazing was her very deep and resounding voice with the powerful distinctiveness of a Patti Smith for this postmodern age. She didn’t speak very much and so her personality remained a little mysterious but songs that often began rather gentle acquired a tone filled with anguish before their finish, which in a way speaks volumes on its own. She also has an incredible command over the projection of her voice as well which was both disarming and engaging.
The progression of Fohr’s 40 minute set overall was quite similar to the way each song progressed. She sat for most of the set and her guitar sounded for the most part acoustic until near the end when the music grew to the height of its turbulence and she stood folded over her guitar then knelt on the stage, bringing her set to a memorable climax.
Tim Hecker was very difficult to see, even to the naked eye, but the point was more to feel the music vs. see it anyhow. 2013’s Virgins was one of this photographer/reviewer’s favorite albums of last year and the majority of Hecker’s set bore some semblance to previously recorded songs. It was very different experiencing them so intensely loud as part of a shared experience, however, and by the end of the 50 minute long set, we were all the composite of a vibrating symphony that left us wholly changed.
TNK Day 1 Recap
From Gapers Block:
The opening night of this year’sTomorrow Never Knows festival hinged upon opportunity. For not only were more established bands headlining at many of Chicago’s most cherished venues, but also we were presented with bands beginning their careers and making their first appearances in Chicago, anticipating where their music will take them next.
On Wednesday evening, I was lucky enough to hear three bands showcase their talents for a completely packed house at Lincoln Hall, eagerly awaiting headliner Cayucas. Each band’s sound was vastly different than the next, and the immense variety present kept listeners guessing as to what they would be welcomed with next.
Opener Bad Bad Hats played a short but sweet set that filled me and surely many other listeners in Lincoln Hall with pure, unadulterated joy. Minneapolis native duo Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge combine their talents for the perfect musical chemistry, unabashed in the sweetness that their music possesses, but it is never saturated with too much. I had never heard their music before, though it felt like I was listening to a band I had followed for years as their sound was welcoming and jubilant. They opened with “9 AM,” a track off of their early 2013 EP It Hurts, which is available for a free download via their Bandcamp page. The song immediately showcased their lyrical prowess; though the beats remain light, the lyrics find frequent moments of serendipitous wisdom that showcase their ballads as not only sweet, but smart. Kerry Alexander’s voice is mature and soulful, and comprises a large vocal range, reminiscent of a Karen O and Bethany Cosentino vocal hybrid, with an additional zest that is all her own.
"This song is about love and food," Alexander stated to the audience while tuning her guitar. "I want a sweet tea / and a heart that won’t break," she sang as the song began, as this mantra later turned into a closing sequence for the ballad. The way in which they juxtapose simple needs, such as having a craving for your favorite food, with the inner workings of our minds, in this case, wishing for an unbreakable heart, all while surrounded by a glittery rhythm and vocals, showcase the essence of Bad Bad Hats. They are able to effortlessly maintain a youthful, carefree sound while discussing subjects that we can all resonate with, and for their first Chicago show, they definitely gained some new fans.
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Chicagoist TNK Preview
Cheers to Chicagoist for a great preview of Tomorrow Never Knows 2014! See what they have to say about a handful of shows below and check out the full article here.
Cayucas at Lincoln Hall, January 15
Chase away any remnants of the polar vortex with the sunny surf-pop of Cayucas. The Santa Monica outfit recalls Vampire Weekend with nostalgia-driven, sun-dappled tunes and reverb-y vocals. Obey the command to “snap your fingers, come on clap your hands” and soak up Cayucas’ California cool.
The Jim Jones Revue at Schubas, January 15
The London band brings a rollicking brand of punk-leaning blues rock to the stage. Expect the Jim Jones Revue to rock the roof off the place with a key slamming, foot stomping howl.
Betty Who at Schubas, January 16
We won’t be wondering who Jessica Newham is for long. The Australian-born pop singer’s bold synth sound bridges 80’s sweethearts with the likes of Robyn and Katy Perry. Get a first listen at tracks from Betty Who's forthcoming follow-up EP to last year’s The Movement.
Snarky Puppy at Metro, January 16
This Texas collective of nearly thirty musicians is changing the face of jazz fusion. Snarky Puppyenergetically integrates funk, soul, rock, and dance elements and is nominated for a “Best R&B Performance” Grammy. Snarky Puppy’s appeal reaches beyond strict jazz fans; you just need appreciate a good groove.
The Rural Alberta Advantage at Lincoln Hall, January 17
Get your indie folk fix with Canadian trio The Rural Alberta Advantage. The band coveys the yearning of expansive northern landscapes with earnest songwriting and frenetic rhythm erupting out of nostalgic reflection. Look forward to a preview of new material from this JUNO nominated band’s third album.
Weekend at Schubas, January 17
If you’re here for R&B crooner the Weeknd, the psychedelic post-punk of Weekend might come off as loud. The Bay Area turned Brooklyn trio’s 2009 debut Sports demanded attention and they continue to deliver in brutal, fuzzed out garage form.
San Fermin at Schubas, January 17
Helmed by Brooklyn composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the chamber pop ensemble’s debut navigates a gorgeous study of relationships. Between the multiple vocalists, strings, horns, and more enjoy hearing San Fermin’s grand arrangements come together for a compelling live performance.
Superchunk at Metro, January 18
One could argue indie rock festivals wouldn’t’ exist without Superchunk. The iconic Chapel Hill band has offered up assailing alt-rock since 1989, and their latest release, 2013’s I Hate Music, offers a reflection on Superchunk’s 25 years in music served with their signature bite.
Yuck at Lincoln Hall, January 19
Yuck appeared out of London in 2009 with a scuzzy, grunge inclined debut that landed them a slot on the festival circuit. For last year’s follow-up, Glow and Behold, the band swapped out a frontman and dialed up the shoegaze gaining admiration for their wistful melodies.
Indians at Schubas, January 19
Copenhagen multi-instrumentalist Søren Løkke Juul draws upon the lyrical sensibilities of artists like Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver to create a splendid, layered soundscape. By playing every instrument in this one man project and self-releasing his 2012 debut, Indians creates his own sweeping and delicate electro-folk atmosphere.
We’re only a week out from TNK. Prep with this mix!