Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tomorrow Never Knows And The Weekend Will Be Fun Too


The Both will be the very first act to perform at this year’s edition of Tomorrow Never Knows when they take the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre at 7:45 PM tomorrow, January 14th. Comprised of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo—two successful singer-songwriters on their own—The Both released a critically acclaimed self-titled debut filled with catchy songs like “Volunteers Of America” and “Bedtime Stories” last April. Tomorrow Never Knows usually arrives in the dead of winter to warm things up with a series of indie rock concerts scattered across a handful of Chicago’s better clubs. This year, the venues involved are the Athenaeum Theatre, The Hideout, Lincoln Hall, Metro, Schubas, and Smart Bar.

Judging from a very handy cheat sheet that ran in last Friday’s On The Town section of the Chicago Tribune, some of the more interesting acts appearing at Tomorrow Never Knows include the New Jersey-based garage rock trio Spider Bags; the Canadian guitar-driven pop band Alvvays, and Chicago’s own (and maybe the world’s only) garage rock/doo wop band Modern Vices. The festival, featuring over 50 local and national acts, will run through Sunday, January 18th. Tickets for the shows are sold individually, but there’s also a five-day pass available for $100. 

Here’s some advance notice of a few fun things going on this weekend. Be sure to check Slumgullion on Broken Hearted Toy this Friday for a more extensive list. 

Local singer-songwriter (and Beatles fan) Phil Angotti and a group of his musician friends dubbed the Plastic Macs will be playing Paul McCartney songs this Friday night at Martyrs. The Macs are Casey McDonough, Tommi Zender, Jim Barclay, Alton Smith, Wally Rozak, Rebekah Abel. The opening act that night will be Bill Brickey, Steve Levitt, and Jimmy Tomasello, paying tribute to George Harrison under the moniker of BLT. The third act that night is called Jonas Friddle and the Majority. The music starts at 9:00 PM; admission is $10.

The CD And Record Show comes to the Holiday Inn Express at 1550 E. Dundee in Palatine next Saturday, January 17th. The event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will feature dealers offering rare CDs, DVDs, vinyl, imports, magazines, posters, books, and various out of print items. For those interested in selling merchandise, renting a table to display your wares will cost you $40. Attendees are also welcome to bring in items they would like to sell to the dealers. Admission is $3.00. Call Bill at 847-409-9656 for information.

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