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Concert Thu Jan 12 2012

Active Child & Tycho Blanket Chicago in Fantasy Tonight

Greetings travelers. If you're reading this you are interested in tonight's voyage into the higher planes starting with a live music performance by Tycho and Active Child as part of the 2012 program of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. The guide currently being displayed on your digital device is a checklist to follow for maximum enjoyment of the evening. Together we will look behind the curtain as our minds peel back the layers of holographic perception.

Tycho - Hours [Dive LP - Nov. 2011] by Tycho

The romantic-spiritual nexus of the evening will be a set by seraphic-voiced techno monks Active Child. This former choirboy lead trio is not some "Return to Innocence" type scented candle shop waft of audio. Active Child's music is engulfed in spiritual undertones from falsetto vocals to harp glissandos but they're recontextualized by singer and songwriter Pat Grossi's autobiographical mix of the sacred and profane on tracks like "I'm in Your Church at Night" and new single "Diamond Heart". A a dreamy line can be traced starting with the nodal point of My Bloody Valentine, continuing into Portishead, straight into the hazy passion of Active Child.

Active Child has been on the road nonstop for the last year in support of their debut album You Are All I See. To coincide with their stint opening for M83 You Are All I See was reissued with bonus tracks. On their first trip to Chicago Gapers Block detailed Active Child leading the crowd into some serious bump at Schubas. Please remember the faults of Gucci Mane and apply your lip balm tonight. It's cold and dry out and your date deserves better.

Opening act Tycho is a longtime practitioner of sacred arts of ambient techno. Producer and multimedia artist Scott Hansen's most recent album Drive, released on Midwestern label Ghostly Int, is a journey into a realm of snow dusted mountaintops and dragon riders. Tycho's hazy melodies trigger holograms upon the subconscious as his beats go for your body. The last time we saw Tycho in Chicago it was this last summer before the release of Drive when Scott played solo. For Tomorrow Never Knows we're catching Tycho with a full band just as they return from their first UK gigs. Together we're preparing for a multi-pronged attack aimed at transformative dancing. Tycho will provide a sweating out of anti-life hitchhikers.

Active Child plays with Tycho at Lincoln Hall on Thursday as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2012. Ant'lrd and Abstract Science DJs open. The show's $15, 18+ and starts at 8pm. Lincoln Hall is located at 2424 N. Lincoln Ave just north of Fullerton.

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