When: Jan. 13-17 2016
Since its modest beginnings at Schubas, Tomorrow Never Knows—which is at least somewhat spun as a kind of beat-the-bitter-weather get-together—has grown steadily over the years. Now in its 12th installment, it brings five days of mostly indie rock and comedy acts to six different north-side venues. Starting on Wed 1/13 with indie-folk singer Lady Lamb headlining Lincoln Hall and Smith Westerns spin-off Whitney playing Schubas, the fest also features the classical pop of San Fermin at Athenaeum Theatre on Thu 1/14 and the electronic psych of artist Tobacco at Smart Bar. Dreamy pop band Eternal Summers play Schubas on Fri 1/15, while art-pop songwriter Fee Lion opens for Wild Belle at Metro. Lincoln Hall hosts indie collective the Go! Team on Sat 1/16, and noise-rockers Metz headline Metro. Dinosaur Jr. bassist and Sebadoh front man Lou Barlow closes things out at Schubas on Sun 1/17. Also over the course of the weekend, the Hideout hosts two shows a day of solid stand-up comedy: Nick Thune on Thu 1/14, Bobcat Goldthwait on Fri 1/15, and Hari Kondabolu on Sat 1/16 (both of his shows are already sold out). Tickets are available for each Tomorrow Never Knows show, but the $100 all-show passes are sold out.