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Preview Tue Jan 15 2013
Tomorrow Never Knows, Chicago's own multi-venue festival, welcomes many a great band to our city for a weeklong extravaganza of shows, spanning the concert halls of Schubas, Lincoln Hall, the Metro, Smart Bar, Hideout and the Vic. On Saturday evening, Lincoln Hall will feature electro-pop favorites Freelance Whales, while introducing fresh openers Snowmine and Hundred Waters into the mix.
If you've already grabbed your 5-day pass to the TNK fest, make sure to head over to Lincoln Hall early to catch show openers. Snowmine, hailing from Brooklyn, have developed their own unique indie pop sound, with fuzzy, dream-pop layered beats surrounding crisp vocals, creating a deliberate ambient feel with their tunes. You can download their two-track album released this past year featuring "Saucer Eyes" and a remix of Twin Sister's "Meet The Frownies" by naming your price.
Hundred Waters, from Gainesville, Florida, have had a whirlwind year introducing us to their music, gaining exposure all the way through. Releasing their first EP, Thistle, and full-length album later on in 2012, Hundred Waters LP, their sound is mesmerizing and glimmering. Opening track "Sonnet" is hushed and haunting, ambling slowly along, introducing layer by layer of electronic sound to the steadily grooving vocal line. These slower ballads are juxtaposed against more abrupt, though still perfectly mixed electronica numbers such as "Me & Anodyne" heralding a tribal backing and synthesized beats, and percussive, surprising horn instrument-saturated "Theia." The group wasted no time after their album release by touring this past summer with Diplo, Skrillex, and Grimes. Their sound is folk interweaved with electronic elements, pop riffs, and tribal rhythms, creating an interesting and refreshing sound. Take a listen for yourself as you watch live recording of "Caverns" below:
Last but not least, indie pop favorites Freelance Whales will headline the show. This ensemble formed in 2008 in Queens, crafting two full-length albums, 2009's Weathervanes, and most recently, Diluvia, released in 2012. The group spent time touring around the New York City area throughout 2008 prior to their first album release, saturating their sound with a vibrant collection of instruments, including the glockenspiel, mandolin, and harmonium, combined with their vocals and guitar and drum backing. Their name is derived from the atmosphere of New York City, and how they and other New Yorkers are all freelancers, creating work that is all their own. Taking this mantra to heart, they've developed a fresh indie pop sound that has endured. If you've never listened to their music before, you'll likely recognize their sound subconsciously, as song "Generator ^ First Floor" has been featured in various commercials and television spots. Their sound is reminiscent of The Postal Service's lush electronic layers combined with the large-ensemble, multi-instrumental feel of Arcade Fire. Though the show is sold out, if you've got your 5-day pass, make sure to head over to Lincoln Hall to check out this stellar array of artistry.
Check out Snowmine, Hundred Waters, and Freelance Whales this Saturday evening as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival lineup. The 18+ show begins at 9pm, with individual tickets costing $15. This show is currently sold out. Lincoln Hall is located at 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue, (773) 525-2501.