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16 Must-See Acts at Tomorrow Never Knows

Catch these performers and more at the midwinter fest.

Founded by former Lincoln Hall and Schubas talent buyer Matt Rucins in 2004, Tomorrow Never Knows has grown from a scrappy grassroots event to a sprawling fest featuring more than 40 acts over five days. Despite expanding exponentially, the midwinter bash has not lost its love for the underdog, booking more rising stars than big-ticket talent. Here, 16 must-see acts, with the buzziest picks highlighted.

Pop

Lady Lamb
Lady Lamb Photo: Shervin Lainez
 

Wild Belle

Metro, 1/15
Expect upbeat tunes from this Pilsen psych-pop sibling duo.

Lady Lamb

Lincoln Hall, 1/13
Folksinger Aly Spaltro’s dense songs will leave you heartsick.

The Go! Team

Lincoln Hall, 1/16
This Brit band performs supercharged pop as exuberant as its name suggests.

Rock

Charly Bliss
Charly Bliss Photo: Jacqueline Harriet
 

Bully

Metro, 1/16
The scrappy four-piece Nashville group plays indie rock with a hard-edged flair.

All Them Witches

Lincoln Hall, 1/14
If a rustic cabin could croon, it might sound something like this Tennessee band.

Charly Bliss

Schubas, 1/15
Get into a dancing mood with lead singer Eva Hendricks’s bubblegum soprano.

Comedy

Hari Kondabolu
Hari Kondabolu Photo: Courtesy of harikondabolu.com
 

Nick Thune

The Hideout, 1/14
How are C-sections and pizza deliveries similar? Thune has the answer.

Hari Kondabolu

The Hideout, 1/16
The punny former Brooklyn lawyer brings a social justice bent to his poop jokes.

Alternative

 

Lou Barlow

Schubas, 1/17
After 33 years of band hopping, Barlow releases his first solo album in six years, the heart-rending Brace the Wave.

Torres
Torres Photo: Shawn Brackbill

Torres

Lincoln Hall, 1/15
Southern alt-rocker Mackenzie Scott imbues her grungy confessionals with a subtle beauty.

American Wrestlers

Lincoln Hall, 1/13
Indie vet Gary McClure’s side gig has plenty of lo-fi charm.

Electronic

Javelin
Javelin Photo: Chris Kucinski
 

Shigeto

Smart Bar, 1/14
Zachary Saginaw’s multilayered sounds full of digital bloops are like the soundtrack to a pitch-black night.

Javelin

Lincoln Hall, 1/16
Think Passion Pit with a heavy dose of synth.

Tobacco

Smart Bar, 1/14
Tom Fec’s high-octane electronica project is a lesson in the musically bizarre.

Miscellaneous

Gill Landry
Gill Landry Photo: Andrea Behrends
 

Gill Landry

Schubas, 1/16
The former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist puts a brooding twist on contemporary country.

San Fermin with Fifth House Ensemble

Athenaeum Theatre, 1/14
The Brooklyn band blurs the lines of classical and rock in a performance with the local new-music chamber group.

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