No, Chicago music festivals don't cease when winter arrives. They simply move indoors as proved by last weekend's the fourth annual Psych Fest and Tomorrow Never Knows 2013, which kicks off on Wednesday night. If you're new to Chicago, Tomorrow Never Knows
is a five-day, multi-club event that brings together top indie pop and rock talent from both the national and local scene. This year, TNK goes down at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, The Hideout, Metro, Smart Bar and the Vic. A few big names have joined the fold including Bear In Heaven, Born Ruffians and The Walkmen, which was surprising for a festival that usually keeps it a low-key affair. But, there are, of course, some choice locals that we think you should probably check out. Here are Five to see at Tomorrow Never Knows 2013...
THE ORWELLS Friday, 1/18 - Schubas - 18+ - Tix
The Orwells are young even by rock 'n' roll standards as they're debut LP, 2012's Remember When
, generated a buzz before any of the band were of legal drinking age. But, despite their ages, the Elmhurst outfit are not merely riding the coattails on those other bored youngsters, Smith Westerns. No, The Orwells are more of the dangerous
variety with their raw but melodic take om basement-slacker punk rock.
SYBRIS Thursday, 1/17 - Schubas - 18+ - Tix
Sybris have been an staple of Chicago's live scene for a while now with their whimsical indie rock attack. Though their hard at work on a new record, their last, 2008's Into The Tree
is a highly addictive listen thanks to its fine balance struck between wild guitar flourishes, punchy drums and the intoxicating voice of lead singer Angela Mullenhour.
THE HUDSON BRANCH Sunday, 1/12 - Schubas - 18+ - TIX
Hudson Branches' 2009 release, Tightrope Walker
, was a solid exercise in stylistic Midwestern indie pop. On it, the band deliver big, simple melodies with confidence. Their latest LP, World Kid
, has them reaching a dreamier and more atmospheric state from the eerie piano stikes of "What Did I Eat" to the majestic orchestrations of the Sufjan-sound take, "Tread Trample Tremble Trampoline."
WEDDING DRESS Friday, 1/18 - Schubas - 18+ - Tix
Wedding Dress is another case of talented local musicians from other bands getting together to make really cool music because they are, in fact, all really talented musicians. This time around, it's members of Maps & Atlases, Suns and Joan Of Arc getting together for some sleek jams that meets at the intersection of jangly guitar rock, synthy new wave and rhythm-heavy pop. You can download Wedding Dress' two-song debut at their Bandcamp
SCHOOL OF ROCK CHICAGO: A TRIBUTE TO WILCO Sunday, 1/20 - Schubas - All Ages (1PM Show) - Tix
Because the kids at the School Of Rock Chicago are super talented and because Wilco are Chicago favorites. There's no doubt that these kids will do the music of Tweedy and Co. complete and absolute justice. And it's no Wilco, but here's the School Of Rock Chicago performing Zeppelin's "Kashmir" at Ace Bar last year:
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS 2012
Wednesday, January 16 - Sunday, January 20
, Lincoln Hall
, The Metro
, The Hideout
, The Vic
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