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Wed. Oct 22 2014

Wednesday, October 22 2014 8:00 PM
18+ $15.00

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Working under the apt nameplate The White Buffalo, singer/songwriter Jake Smith has resolutely charted his own single-minded course for more than a decade. An imposing figure with a voice to match, a resonant, roughhewn baritone, Smith writes about rebels, outsiders and troubled souls battling their way through the obstacles life throws in their paths, telling timeless tales generally set against recognizably contemporary backdrops. “I skirt the line between good and evil in a lot of my songs,” Smith points out. The hard-bitten themes and performances that have defined his career led the producers of Sons of Anarchy to grab six of Smith’s songs for use under scenes in the similarly edgy series, while The White Buffalo’s “American Dream,” written specifically for the 2013 feature film The Lone Ranger: Wanted, appears on the soundtrack album alongside contributions from fellow iconoclasts Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Iggy Pop, Ben Kweller, The Aggrolites, Shane MacGowan of The Pogues and Iron & Wine.


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Fri. Oct 24 2014

Friday, October 24 2014 9:00 PM
18+ $15.00 $18 Doors

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At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad’s Tascam Studio 8 reel-to-reel home tape machine at 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, WA—about midway between Portland and Seattle—Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby, an expert string player) and with their band The Courage. He’s already placed songs on TV shows like Sons of Anarchy (the title track from his 2011 solo album Family, “David” and “He Got Away,” a track he sang written by the show’s creator Kurt Sutter and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr.), Vampire Diaries (“Family”) and One Tree Hill (“Middle of June” from his 2009 EP Saints and Liars).

His latest album, Ledges, self-produced and recorded at Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, represents the latest stop in a journey which began in his strictly conservative, religious home growing up, where he was strictly forbidden to listen to secular music. Instead he grew up listening to Bob Dylan’s gospel albums, along with Christian artists such as Keith Green, Larry Norman and Rich Mullins.

“I’m not a religious person anymore, but I’ve learned that spiritual energy transcends religion and that’s something I’ve attempted to incorporate into my music,” Noah explains.

An impressive personal work, Ledges co-mingles the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual, often using religious and biblical imagery like Leonard Cohen to plumb the depths of everyday emotions and feelings. The album explores doubt and faith, sin and redemption, mortality and transcendence in 11 songs that get underneath the skin and cut to the heart.


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Sat. Oct 25 2014

Saturday, October 25 2014 10:00 PM
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This Will Destroy You began in earnest during the mid-00’s in San Marcos, TX. In many ways, the initial sound of the band was the logical destination point for four friends (Christopher Royal King, Jeremy Galindo, Raymond Brown, and Andrew Miller) that had been playing in a variety of bands together throughout their teens. In 2005, the group began writing and recording what was intended to be a simple 6-song documentation of where they were at musically. Externally, Brown had been accepted into medical school, King was working on high profile graphic design gigs, and the four genuinely thought that they’d be moving into other fields, ultimately requiring the dissolution of the band.

This plan changed dramatically one fateful day when King sent the 6 songs (recorded by a 17-year old high school student) to Virginia’s Magic Bullet Records as a “thank you” for releases he personally enjoyed over the years from the label’s catalog. An immediate connection was established between the label and band. Within weeks, the 6-song demo became “Young Mountain,” This Will Destroy You's first retail full length, and the band found themselves on their first tour (a brief west coast stint with labelmates Sparrows Swarm And Sing).


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Tue. Oct 28 2014

Tuesday, October 28 2014 8:00 PM
18+ $14.00

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"Without/Within," the sophomore EP from critically acclaimed British trio Bear's Den will be released March 4, 2014, via Communion Records.

Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers) produced "Without/Within." Of the new music Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar) notes, "The songs were in many ways our most personal yet and also our most ambitious sonically. Joey's playing is particularly beautiful to me and his guitar and banjo melodies carry the songs so perfectly at times. Kev was experimenting more with synth bass and piano on top of drums before anyone else even picked anything up. I was experimenting for the first time in my life really on electric guitar and with delayed and reversed guitar loops. We all had our own responsibilities within this record and we all had complete belief and trust in each other. We wanted to push ourselves so that we could grow into the songs on the road and hopefully push ourselves to become a better live band because of it."


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Sun. Nov 02 2014
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Sunday, November 02 2014 9:00 PM
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The secret is officially out. An electronic duo from the Southern-most tip of Africa have gone from one of Dance Music’s best kept secrets to an act tipped by industry tastemakers as the band to watch this year.

Their genre-defying mix of live instruments, House beats and searing live performances has seen Goldfish go from impromtu jams at a tiny beach club in Cape Town to headlining Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium, cracking a top 10 on the US iTunes Dance chart, a residency at Pacha Ibiza with David Guetta and DJ’s like Fedde le Grand knocking at their door to do remix their tracks. It’s almost hard to believe that not very long ago they were just Dom and Dave, two music students who lived a relatively chilled life of surfing and playing music in their home town Cape Town.

All that really did change when they decided to record an album. Not having a record deal or much money, they simply locked themselves in a bedroom...with a double bass, a saxophone and a couple of synths, recording their debut Caught In The Loop on their own. A charming dance record that received massive support from the international dance music scene, desperate for something fresh and new. Pete Tong even called it his "Ibiza Poolside Album of the Summer".


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Fri. Nov 07 2014

Friday, November 07 2014 10:00 PM
18+ $18.00 $18 Adv. // $22 Doors

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Chris Malinchak is a Brooklyn-born American DJ and record producer best known for his debut single "So Good to Me" which was released on 5 May 2013 in the United Kingdom.

Chris Malinchak’s new single ‘Stranger’ (featuring Mikky Ekko) will receive an official US release on July 8, 2014. Premiered by Radio 1’s Pete Tong, ‘Stranger’ – Malinchak’s third Essential New Tune and a HypeMachine #1 - marks a distinct new sound for the New Jersey producer, combining a dizzying contemporary take on soulful funk and glitter ball disco. Describing the track, Malinchak says it expresses “a bigness, freshness and a sound that will surprise everybody.

‘Stranger’ follows the phenomenal success of Malinchak’s recent singles ‘If U Got It’ and the UK No.2 hit ‘So Good To Me’, the latter topping 25 million views on YouTube, hitting #1 on the Shazam charts, dominating the dancefloor and radio, and moving Adele to describe it as “beautiful’. Written while working at a gas station, alongside another part time job “dropping things off for a pharmacy”, ‘So Good To Me’ came to Malinchak through the perks of the jobs downtime. As he explains, “I find myself writing all the time…depending on the occasion I may be more or less conscious of it. Pumping gas was great! I would write and my mind would wander.” The song eventually went on to silver certification in the UK.



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Wed. Nov 12 2014

Wednesday, November 12 2014 10:30 PM
18+ $25.00

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“Broad City” is a weekly, half-hour scripted series featuring Upright Citizens Brigade alums Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The series is an odd couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City whose adventures always lead down unexpected and outlandish paths. They’re broke, flawed and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them -- they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.

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Wed. Nov 19 2014

Wednesday, November 19 2014 8:00 PM
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One night a little over a year ago, two young men burst into New York City’s Lower East Side mainstay Katz’s Delicatessen and held the joint up. Sort of. Brothers Isaac and Thorald Koren, musicians who, along with drummer Shakerleg, make up New York City band The Kin, were looking to rob ears, not wallets. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a musical robbery!” shouted Isaac as he strode in with Thorald on his heels strumming a guitar. The duo launched into an original song, “Downtown Train,” for the restaurant’s patrons, winning them over with their energetic performance, rich harmonies, and sheer nerve. By the end, the Korens had the restaurant’s unsuspecting patrons whistling and clapping along — no easy feat as anyone who’s ridden a NYC subway and tried to ignore a spectacle unfolding in front of them knows.

The Kin have launched several of these “musical robberies” over the last year, including at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Soho House in Los Angeles, and even at a French airport. “We’re looking to surprise people and give them a musical experience,” Isaac says. “Or maybe we’re just adrenaline junkies, because it feels like a drug the body is releasing when we make that connection with other human beings based on our music. Even if it’s just for a split second, it’s a rush for everyone involved.” The Kin will launch the first chain of musical robberies as they support P!NK on her US tour this Fall. They will also release a musical robbery video for their own ‘Get On It’ tour in Australia and NZ this month, where they are #2 on the charts with a Gold record.


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Sun. Nov 23 2014

Sunday, November 23 2014 8:00 PM
18+ $15.00 $15 Adv. // $18 Doors

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Widely recognized as the first openly gay country music album—and cited as such even by Nashville institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and CMT—the landmark self-titled 1973 LP by Lavender Country stands as nothing less than an artifact of courage, a sonic political protest document of enormous power, clarity, and grace.

At once a scathing indictment of the injustices perpetrated on the homosexual community, a proud proclamation of gay identity, and a love letter of bracing intimacy and eroticism, the album radically appropriates the signifiers of the conservative country genre, queering its heteronormative vocabulary into a deeply personal language. Songwriter, singer, and guitarist Patrick Haggerty, a fearless first-generation gay liberation activist and artist, seasons his songs with Yippie deviousness; in the manner of the Cockettes, the laughs both sharpen and sweeten the impact. To our ears the inimitable aesthetics and glimpses of cockeyed humor recall some ethereal psych-folk nexus of the Flatlanders and the Holy Modal Rounders as much as any standard country and western forebears, rendering the biting poetry in an even more otherworldly and timeless light.


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Wed. Nov 26 2014

Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:00 PM
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FinleyKnight is the music project of brothers John Finley and Connor Knight Detjen. The multi-instrumentalists, Chicago natives, have a shifting set of musical sensibilities, variously morphing from art rock to radio-ready indie-pop to emotive electro facades. The duo began making music together at an early age, and have gone on to record in Chicago, New York, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles. After touring the US, with residencies in NYC, Austin, Chicago, and Boston, the brothers spent time in South America, performing across Argentina in 2012. FinleyKnight moved to LA in March of 2013 to collaborate with Joey Waronker on their first full length, self-titled album.

Joey Waronker of Atoms For Peace, Beck, REM, joined FinleyKnight as producer for this debut record. The three spent months in Joey's Los Feliz studio perfecting what the brothers had already spent two years creating. Waronker, a renowned wizard of syncopation, contributed to the album’s bold rhythmic adventure, and helped cultivate the unique forward-thinking vision of John and Connor. This debut album exemplifies FinleyKnight’s focus on the progression and evolution of modern music.


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Sat. Dec 13 2014
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The Main Squeeze



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Saturday, December 13 2014 9:00 PM
18+ $15.00 $15 Adv. / $18 Doors

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The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana, and currently residing in Chicago, IL. Since coming together in late 2009 The Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time. The Squeeze just released their debut self-titled album in June 2012. Much like each member’s varied backgrounds and influences, the album itself contains an eclectic blend of inspiration which seamlessly navigates through funk, rock, electro, and jazz, while still rooting itself in something that’s uniquely their own. Whereas ‘First Drops’ found the band searching for their voice in the studio, their newest offering picks up miles beyond where they left off. Just one listen to tracks like the epic “I’ll Take Another” (clocking in at nearly ten minutes), the soulful trifecta of “Where Do We Go”, or the impeccable horn arrangements on “Mama Told Me” and it’s clear that the band possesses a musical maturity well beyond their years. Their unique ability to tackle and funkify such a wide variety of music makes each show a unique experience in its own right. Their live performances, which fuse soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves, and ripping solos have helped them develop a dedicated and rapidly growing fan base in the Midwest and the East Coast earning them slots at music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Equifunk, Big Pig, and GlowFest. If you’ve ever wondered whether the juice is worth the squeeze, you should look no further – The Main Squeeze is sure to be hitting a city near you sometime soon, leaving their crowd funkified and freshly squozen.


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Sat. Dec 27 2014

Saturday, December 27 2014 9:00 PM
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With ORPHAN, Empires climb to rare heights. Their vivid rock ‘n’ roll is now fused with an imaginative and open-armed approach. Born of singer Sean Van Vleet’s fascination with contemporary popcraft, songs like “Please Don’t Tell My Lover” and the night-driving “How Good Does It Feel” see the Chicago-based band adopting time-honored romantic idioms, both musical and lyrical, to mask deeper and darker personal truths.

Van Vleet put pen to paper and began to write in a wholly free space, with no expectations or endgame in mind. He explored a musical language that was quite literally out of character, imagining his songs performed not by Empires but by some indeterminate modern pop thrush.


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Wed. Dec 31 2014

Wednesday, December 31 2014 10:00 PM
18+ $30.00 $30 Adv. // $35 Doors // $40 Two Show Pass

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The Orwells play both 12/30 and 12/31. A limited number of two show passes are available on the 12/30 listing.

"I'm not that old but I'm getting pretty wise" -- a sentiment within the early seconds of The Orwells' new album, Disgraceland, that pretty much sums up the eleven tracks that follow it. Two years have passed since the band emerged from their boring Chicago suburb as five high schoolers hellbent on reminding the world that American rock & roll is still alive. A lot has happened since then for The Orwells. They've slain and sweated on audiences around the world, recorded with their favorite contemporary producers, shared the stage with childhood heroes, raked in accolades from distinguished publications and even had David Letterman begging them for more. And now, as they release their irresistibly raucous yet masterfully architected Disgraceland on Canvasback Music, The Orwells are getting pretty wise.

The story of Disgraceland -- recorded last fall at studios in London, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Woodstock, NY -- is the story of The Orwells escaping the confines of their hometown and of their own expectations for themselves. Back when they made their 2012 debut album, Remember When, they were recording by themselves in guitarist Matt O'Keefe's parents' basement. O'Keefe, bassist Grant Brinner, his brother, drummer Henry Brinner, guitarist Dominic Corso and his cousin, singer Mario Cuomo, had been playing together since 9th grade. "We were hoping eventually something would happen and it would become serious," says O'Keefe. "We were like, 'We love writing songs, so let's just keep doing it.' When we were writing those early songs, the goal was just to make all the other bands in our high school jealous." Maybe one day, they thought, they'd get to be as beloved as their heroes The Black Lips. "You make good music, say what you wanna say and have a good time -- that was what we were shooting for," O'Keefe continues. "But now that we're a little older, the goal is bringing rock & roll back to everybody's car speakers. Sometimes you get afraid to go to the highest point you can, at the price of being called sell-outs or whatever. But we say fuck that, if we can get every single kid playing rock and roll music in their parents' car stereos, that's what we wanna do."


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Fri. Jan 02 2015

Friday, January 02 2015 10:00 PM
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Before American Football, guitarist Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc) and drummer Steve Lamos played in The One Up Downstairs with Dave and Allen Johnson (both of Very Secretary). The One Up Downstairs recorded a 3-song 7" which was to be released by Polyvinyl. Prior to the single's release, however, the group disbanded. (This recorded material was not unearthed until 2006, when incredible demand brought about a digital release of The One Up Downstairs EP). Soon after, Steve and Mike began practicing with guitarist Steve Holmes and American Football was born. After writing and practicing for about one year, they released a 3-song CDEP on Polyvinyl in October 1998. The band played a few shows around the Midwest and then recorded a self-titled album which Polyvinyl released in September 1999. Following the release, American Football played a few more shows in the Midwest and one show at New York University. About a year after the album had been released, American Football became primarily a studio project before its members mutually decided to quit recording together. Steve Lamos formed DMS before reuniting with Steve Holmes in their short-lived, The Geese.Mike Kinsella continues to play in Joan of Arc with his brother Tim Kinsella and is recording solo material as Owen.

A testament to the act's lasting influence, American Football maintains a loyal fan base eager for material from the band. Due to an outpouring of request, in 2004 Polyvinyl reissued American Football on vinyl and since, the label has also released a new American Football T-shirt design. Following up on past success and requests, in 2008 Polyvinyl issued a 1-sided 12" of the American Football EPwith new photography by Chris Strong. Despite the small amount of recorded work and hardly any touring, American Football remains one of Polyvinyl Records most beloved bands to this day.


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Wed. Jan 14 2015

Wednesday, January 14 2015 8:00 PM
18+ $75.00

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This five-day pass will get you into to any Tomorrow Never Knows. Some shows will require a pre-show RSVP. You will be contacted about any of these. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for all updates.



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Thu. Jan 29 2015

Thursday, January 29 2015 9:00 PM
18+ $17.00

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Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, will be released August 19, 2014 on Brushfire Records/Universal.

Bahamas is Afie is a coming of age record. Self-titled and self-produced – It is the next step in the evolution of Jurvanen’s songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks – following his previous full-lengths Pink Strat (2009) and Barchords (2011). Bahamas is Afie remains a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a search for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort.


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Sat. Jan 31 2015

Saturday, January 31 2015 9:00 PM
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Fiercely independent road warriors Wild Child, an “indie powerhouse,” has spent the past year stepping into that spotlight, playing stages as major as Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wakarusa, Firefly Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Osheaga, and Savannah Stopover.

Behind their second album, The Runaround, the premiere release on Ben Kweller’s Noise Company label, the Austin six piece earned NPR’s Top Ten Songs of 2013 honors for the song “Living Tree,” and saw five additional songs hit number 1 on Hype Machine’s Popular chart. Their Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube streams have eclipsed ten million listens, and they’ve appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and an airing of eTown Radio. The lead single from The Runaround, “Crazy Bird,” debuted on Specialty Radio at number one fueled by an electrifying performance on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.


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Wed. Mar 18 2015

Wednesday, March 18 2015 9:00 PM
18+ $20.00

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I Am Gemini is the surreal and powerful musical story about Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good, one evil: are they two halves of one whole? An unexpected reunion at a house that is not a home ignites a classic struggle for the soul, played out with a cast of supporting characters that includes a chorus of angels and devils, and twin sisters conjoined at the head.

Cursive’s seventh full-length album, I Am Gemini, was recorded at Omaha’s ARC Studios with producer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Minus The Bear, Isis) and mixed at Red Room in Seattle, WA. The album follows in the footsteps of four acclaimed, inventive predecessors – Cursive’s Domestica, (2000), The Ugly Organ, (2003), Happy Hollow, (2006), and Mama, I’m Swollen, (2009), which was praised by Alternative Press, Billboard, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Time Out New York, among others. The band made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in March 2009, performing “From The Hips” off Mama


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