TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS FEST 2018: a recap

reppin: chicago, usa // 5 days of music and comedy // jan 2018

sounds like: a winter urban wonderland with a side of beer 

featuring: ron gallo // diane coffee // rayland baxter // hinds

Hey Chicagoans..we are some lucky humans when it comes to the want to explore music in this city. On any given night there are nearly two dozen shows of touring bands around town amongst the thousands of local outfits that stretch to the suburbs. This city overflows the brim of pint glasses with music and we can’t get enough of it. Nothing could be more apparent as Tomorrow Never Knows Fest came back for another killer year in the dead of winter. Not often do you hear the word “festival” during this time of the year...in fact, few dare to put together such a stellar event in January, but the Music God’s answered for this one. Schubas and Lincoln Hall have been pouring live music into our ears for years (Schubas just kicked off their 30th year) and they are way up their on the finest venues in the city list. For a decade now, TNK has brought us up and coming indie artists and bands, comedians and a hell of a fun time for a few days. This year was no different and probably one of the bigger ones as nearly every venue was sold out on the nightly.

tomorrow never knows fest // lincoln hall, chicago // jan 2018 // @thefaakehipster

tomorrow never knows fest // lincoln hall, chicago // jan 2018 // @thefaakehipster

I was fortunate enough to catch the latter half of the festivities, planting my booty over at Lincoln Hall for three incredible, yet very different shows this past weekend. In short, we saw two upbeat, moving around type of shows sandwiched in between a nice chill one. Earlier in the week, the likes of Allan Raymond, Yumi Zouma, Cuco brought some music love to our ears as I sadly could not attend. However, the weekend capped off the fest in all the right ways.   

 

Ron Gallo // Diane Coffee

ron gallo // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.19.18 // @thefaakehipster

ron gallo // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.19.18 // @thefaakehipster

Friday night featured two rocking talents, Ron Gallo who shreds the guitar and has funnier jokes than you followed by the eccentric Diane Coffee.  I’ve written about Ron before, as he has frequented Chicago over the past year and he gets better and funnier every time he comes through. His rock n’ roll presence, given his personality, is almost funny since he is, well, a pretty hilarious dude. Having no recognition for the norm, he hops around stage, shreds the guitar and gives the audience a ton of energy. The heavy distortion and overalls attire round out a killer set every time. Diane Coffee closed out the night with his band and trio of chorus singers. Man does this dude have a wide range of vocals coming from his mouth hole, Flamboyant and eccentric, there is never a dull moment with him. It is even hard to put his music into one genre, but it is a ton of fun to watch.

rg // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Young Lady, You're Scaring Me"

dc // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Hymn"

Rayland Baxter

rayland baxter // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.20.18 // @thefaakehipster

rayland baxter // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.20.18 // @thefaakehipster

The meaty part of the sandwich was the one and only, the chill, Rayland Baxter. Armed with his guitar and two of his friends on the drums and keys, he gives off a sing-a-long type of vibe that casts a happy spell on you. His alternative/indie/folk is persistent and loud, yet relaxing at the same time. He really set the tone by opening with the classic, “Ol’ McDonalld” which garnered a few laughs. Hailing from Nashville, you can even hear a tad of country twang in him, but is unique and sets himself apart when it comes to the songwriting. It was a true delight to watch and hear Rayland play, especially with some tracks off the killer album, feathers & fishHooks, his debut from 2012. His latest album, Imaginary Man, although a few years old, is still a super ear friendly listen. If you got to check out No Age or Typhoon that night by the way, I salute you for hitting up an equally as dope show.

rb // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "olivia"

Hinds

And finally, to cap off the weekend, Hinds jetted over from Madrid to have some fun with us Chicagoans. They may as well call this city their second home having played here numerous times in such a short timespan the past year or two. They also befriended Chicago’s own Twin Peaks while touring with them which will get the green light of approval just about anywhere on the music spectrum. Four fun chicks who can party better than you do come out onto the stage and the smiles are infectious. Their messy grungy sound blends so well with the layered vocals, their personality and ability to work the stage. The blanket of happiness is felt throughout the crowd as the constant jumping up and down means, yes, I like this and am having fun. They have a new album coming out April 6th, I Don’t Run (pre-order), and I have sneaky suspicious feeling that we will all be hearing a lot more from these ladies in the months to come.

hinds // spotify // fb // twitter // ig // start with "Bamboo"

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As a super fan of music, I always think about what I want out of getting to show. These type of weeks it is clear that a diverse schedule of musicians and bands can bring together a diverse group of people who all have a common goal of feeling something, forgetting something, remembering something. Whatever it is for you, it is one of the best feelings in the world. Cheers to Tomorrow Never Knows.

hinds // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.21.18 // @thefaakehipster

hinds // tnk fest // lincoln hall, chicago // 1.21.18 // @thefaakehipster

chicago // shows on shows on shows: SEPTEMBER 1 - 15

*a new feature focusing on all the groovy shows coming up in chicago*

diarrhea planet | lincoln hall, chicago | 12.30.15 | @thefaakehipster

diarrhea planet | lincoln hall, chicago | 12.30.15 | @thefaakehipster

Dent May // 9.2 - The Hideout // tickets

reppin: la, usa by way of jackson, mississippi // car park records // 2007 - present

sounds like: the opening scene of a weird, yet classy movie

last album drop: across the universe (may 2017)

Mr. May got his start a while back playing in the power pop group, The Rockwells. Since then, he has brought his southern charm and influence to LA, bringing a unique sound to the forefront. His latest album tells the story of adjust to life in the new big city.

listens: born too late // meet me in the garden // face down in the gutter of your life

Middle Kids // 9.6 - Lincoln Hall // tickets

middle kids | photo cred: rolling stone aus

middle kids | photo cred: rolling stone aus

reppin: sydney, australia // EMI & Domino Records // 2016 - present

sounds like: taking a camper into the woods and hanging by the campfire

last album drop: middle kids EP (feb 2017)

These kids only have a few singles under their belt, as well as an EP, but they are doing all the right things as they hit the states for their first run. This 3 piece has a solid alt rock, indie sound with vocals by Hannah that make you smile. Catch this show as you can as they may be playing much bigger venues the next time around.

listens: edge of town // your love // never start

Diarrhea Planet // 9.8 - Wurst Fest // tickets

reppin: nashville, usa // dine alone records // 2009 - present

sounds like: the happiest fucking moshpit you’ve ever been in

last album: turn to gold (june 2016)

you have not heard anything like these dudes before. 6 dudes, 4 guitars whaling in your face and a whole lot of good feels and smiles. These live shows are full of constant energy, shredding solos on solos on solos. They will be crazy fun, don’t miss them.

listens: separations // lite dream // life pass

diarrhea planet | lincoln hall, chicago | 12.30.15 | @thefaakehipster

diarrhea planet | lincoln hall, chicago | 12.30.15 | @thefaakehipster

Ducktails & Varsity // 9.8 - Empty Bottle // tickets

reppin: ducktails - ridgewood, nj // domino records // 2006 - present //// varsity - chicago, usa // unsigned // 2013 - present

sounds like: both bands - a never ending dance floor with all the lights you need 

last album drop: dt-  st. catherine (july 2015) // varsity - self titled (2015) 

ducktails will soothe your soul to goovy indie rock tunes all night long. They threw themselves in a blender with the ingredients of chillwave and lo-fi pop rock. Varsity will give you the same kind of vibes, expect sub in Stephanie’s wonderful running vocals. You got a great pair of bands for a cruising kind of chill night.

listens: dt - killin the vibe // headbanging in the mirror // light a candle //// varsity - so sad, so sad // cult of personality // settle down

Geographer // 9.10 - Schubas // tickets

reppin: san fran, ca // roll call records // 2007 - present

sounds like: hanging around in outer space, just chillin

last album drop: ghost modern (march 2015)

Mike has been doing his thing for some time and has absolutely nailed this indie rocky electric sound. He’s Berklee graduated, has supported many big acts and played a big bucket of festivals. Him and the live band will be a dancy good time.

listens: kites // verona // read my mind

Royal Canoe // 9.12 - subterranean // tickets

reppin: winnipeg, canananada // nevado music // 2010 - present

sounds like: floating through a light rainstorm

last album drop: Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit (sept 2016)

These kids bring the funk dance vibes and it is pretty freaking awesome. If you happen to see them live, you’ll see some different instruments on stage serenating you with the type of pop sound that makes you move.

listens: bathtubs // fussin’ // exodus of the year

Strand of Oaks // 9.14 SPACE // tickets

reppin: goshen, in // dead oceans records // 2003 - present

sounds like: going into one of those bouncy houses with speakers blaring from all angles

stef chura | empty bottle, chicago | 5.4.17 | @thefaakehipster

stef chura | empty bottle, chicago | 5.4.17 | @thefaakehipster

last album drop: hard love (feb 2017)

I’ve seen this bearded man a few times and he never disappoints. He always brings a ton of energy to his shows, it’s super easy on the ears and you’ll want to sing along. One time he brought his mom out to sing, so yea.

listens: goshen ‘97 // everything // hard love

Stef Chura // 9.14 - Subterranean // previously blogged about // tickets

Death Valley Girls // 9.15, Empty Bottle // tickets

reppin:  la, usa // burger records // 2014 - present

sounds like: a sweaty sweaty face shaking back and forth in slow motion

last album drop: glow in the dark (june 2016)

Self described gutter rock, these three chicks and a dude put on a hell of a party. It’s trippy, it’s garage and you want to rock out and drop your jaw just to stare at the same time. They live up to how wild rock n’ roll should be.

listens: disco // glow in the dark // no reason

Riot Fest  // 9.15 - 17 // Douglas Park