I Don’t Know How But They Found Me Sell Out The Fine Line

IDKHow - Photography by Dylan Novacek

Last updated on May 4th, 2024 at 06:11 am

Rising alternative act I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKHow) returned to the Twin Cities for their Gloom Division Tour. Supporting their sophomore album of the same name, frontman Dallon Weekes and company filled the Fine Line Music Cafe to capacity. 

Following up their excellent 2020 debut, Razzmatazz, and transitioning the project to a solo act, Weekes put in the work to take IDKHow to a whole new level. 

Wearing his influences proudly on Gloom Division, listeners are treated to a blend of 70’s meets modern alternative. Partnering with producer Dave Fridmann, known for his work with acts like MGMT, the record is a vibrant and cohesive experience. 

IDKHow – Photography by Dylan Novacek

Bringing new tracks like ‘Downside’ and ‘What Love?’ to a live setting was an absolute joy. Weekes sounded beyond studio perfect. His expert vocals and endearing stage presence made for an incredibly enjoyable performance. Backed up by a new crew of touring band members, as well as returning musician Anthony Purpura, the whole group had excellent chemistry on stage. 

The thing that stood out most from this concert was Weekes’ joy and passion. Being in the music industry for over a decade and a half, he has seen a series of ups and downs. From his time developing a strong fanbase in his group The Brobecks, to touring and later writing with Panic! At The Disco, Weekes has never lost his passion for writing and performing. 

IDKHow – Photography by Dylan Novacek

Walking through the audience during fan favorite track “Visitation of the Ghost” (a cover from his Brobecks days), Weekes connected with every member of the audience and controlled the room’s energy like a magician. 

Personally, I’ve been following the group since their secretive start in 2018. To watch their star rise over the years has been greatly exciting to see. Easily filling up the Fine Line isn’t the first time they’ve drawn big crowds in the Twin Cities, and it won’t be the last. 

IDKHow – Photography by Dylan Novacek

Supporting IDKHow on this tour was Benches. The group did a great job warming up the crowd, and stood out to me with their 1990’s sense of style. I can see them growing with more runs with bands like IDKHow. Their talent and confidence stood out and proved IDKHow’s song about opening acts wrong. 

Benches – Photography by Dylan Novacek.

So, what’s next for IDKHow? Certainly many articles that try to make a pun headline like, “IDKHow But They Sold Out The Fine Line” (I am above such nonsense). Definitely more sold out shows. Hopefully an opening act slot with Twenty One Pilots this fall (a fan like myself can dream). 

IDKHow – Photography by Dylan Novacek

Whatever the case, Dallon Weekes is a resilient artist and believes in what he’s creating. That is extremely evident in the latest album, and their live performance. If you aren’t listening to IDKHow yet, I highly recommend you give them a shot. And if you’re a fan like me, let’s keep supporting unique music like this.

Written by Dylan Novacek

Photographer, graphic designer, and multimedia storyteller from St. Paul. Most likely listening to CHVRCHES, Of Monsters and Men or Fall Out Boy. Once featured in the New York Times for using the bathroom during Avengers: Endgame.


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