Enough Macklemore, enough Miley.
Abandon the pop station for the annual indie music showcase known as Tomorrow Never Knows.
Meet the top 5 bands to see at the 2014 edition, not a single twerk in sight:
5. The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Rural Alberta Advantage’s signature crop is unhinged folk rock that sounds like it’s on the verge of falling apart. It’s this sense of impending collapse, though, that makes the ramshackle trio so exciting. So if you’re still struggling with the trauma from going home for the holidays, let the band help you through it.
9p Fri. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. $15 here. Sample track: “Don’t Haunt This Place”
--by Ian Young
4. Jim Jones Revue
The Jim Jones Revue’s visceral blend of blues, punk, and rockabilly conjures up images of a juke joint where Little Richard shares a stage with The New York Dolls via The Cramps. And with political commentary on the global economic crisis, the band has plenty of venom left to spit on behalf of the 99%.
Wed 9p. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview. $15 here. Sample track: “Where Da Money Go?”
--by Jessica Mlinaric
Pounding drums and bass lines lay the groundwork for the reverb-soaked guitar licks and murky vocals that make this Bay Area indie band unique. They fill a void by offering a special, inviting soundtrack to an otherwise dark and lonesome genre of music — proving that weekends aren’t just for partying.
Fri 9p. Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview. $15 here. Sample track: “All American”
--by Justin Trudell
Set against an EDM landscape littered with rave-by-number synths and roided-out bass drops, German duo andhim shine through with a pleasant, organic warmth that upends the stereotype of Teutonic seriousness. 2014 just might be a tipping point for these self-described purveyors of “super house.”
Fri 10p. Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St., Wrigleyville. $13 here. Sample track: “Wallace”
--by Mark Calaguas
1. Pink Frost (pictured)
With influences ranging from the riotous rock of Smashing Pumpkins to the guitar fuzz of Dinosaur Jr. coupled with some modern shoegazey drone, expect to see these unruly local rockers gain a much larger profile in the near future. So now’s your chance to climb aboard the bandwagon early.
Sun 9p. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. $15 here. Sample track: “Ruins”
--by Griffin Waterman
This article was reprinted with permission from Chicago Innerview Magazine.