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Tomorrow Never Knows

From Glass Candy to Theophilus London, now with stand-up comedy



The Tomorrow Never Knows festival has been growing steadily since its inception in 2005—last year it included shows at Schubas, Lincoln Hall, and Metro, and this year it adds Smart Bar and the Hideout. TNK runs Wed 1/11 through Sun 1/15 and features local and national acts playing pop, indie rock, hip-hop, dance music, and more—and in a first for the fest, it hosts three nights of stand-up comedy, all at the Hideout (Hannibal Buress on Thu 1/12, Todd Barry on Fri 1/13, and Wyatt Cenac on Sat 1/14). Wednesday's opening-night shows feature Com Truise, Dom, Lazer Crystal, and Chandeliers at Schubas at 8 PM and Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, and Mister Joshua at Lincoln Hall, also at 8 PM. The lineup is just as strong for the rest of the festival—acts stopping by Schubas include Plants & Animals, Gauntlet Hair, Chairlift, Willis Earl Beal, Polica, Caveman, and White Mystery, and among the Lincoln Hall attractions are Tycho, Theophilus London, Grouplove, Active Child, and Two Gallants. Metro hosts Moombahton Massacre on Fri 1/13 and the Walkmen (their tenth-anniversary show) on Sat 1/14. At the Hideout there's a Numero Group DJ set on Sat 1/14 and a tribute to Shel Silverstein featuring Jon Langford on Sun 1/15. And Smart Bar has booked three nights of dance music (Friday through Sunday), including sets by Craig Richards, Mister Saturday Night, and Plastic Plates. Every show at Schubas and Lincoln Hall is $15 and 18+, and the comedy gigs are $20 and 21+. Times, prices, and age restrictions vary for other events; five-day passes are available for $100. For tickets and more info, call 773-525-2508 or visit (where you can also win tickets to the festival).

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