Mixing Spanish and English lyrics throughout his experimental electro-pop arrangements, Roberto Carlos Lange (a.k.a. Helado Negro) brings a multicultural approach to a collection of songs that reconcile with his identity as a person who was born in America but is the child of Ecuadorian immigrants. Written to accompany a performance by a group of tinsel-clad dancers, his new album Private Energy celebrates the power of self-expression, no matter what shiny costume you decide to wear. L.A. synth-pop artist Cuco and local act Divino Niño make up the remainder of this decidedly bilingual bill during the Tomorrow Never Knows festival.
Chicago might be best known for its robust lineup of summer music festivals, but the fun doesn't end when the weather gets cold. Each January, Tomorrow Never Knows brings the festival experience indoors, offering five days of of concerts and comedy shows at some of Chicago's best music venues, including Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Hideout, Metro and Smart Bar.
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This year's lineup is heavy on indie-rock stars, ranging from the lyrically obtuse synth-pop of Destroyer to Spanish garage rockers Hinds. Other highlights of the TNK bill include a collaboration between Baltimore troupe Wham City Comedy and local weirdos Helltrap Nightmare; the return of L.A. noise rockers No Age and a solo performance from Sonny Smith (of Sonny and the Sunsets). There's also a long list of notable local acts to see, including house DJ Mark Farina, DIY rockers Melkbelly and singer-songwriter V.V. Lightbody.
Take a look at the full lineup of Tomorrow Never Knows 2018 shows below and start plotting your January concert calendar.