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Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle

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Tomorrow Never Knows 

When: Jan. 11-15 2017
Now in its 13th year, Tomorrow Never Knows is back with five days of music and comedy acts spread across five venues (Wed 1/11-Sun 1/15). Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Metro, Hideout, and Smart Bar together host 18 shows, providing an opportunity to leave the warmth of your house for the warmth of a local music institution. Lincoln Hall and Schubas host shows every night, with experimental-rock staple Tortoise, singer-songwriter Ezra Furman, folk-pop artist Caroline Smith, party-rock bros Jeff the Brotherhood, and hip-hop interpreters Badbadnotgood headlining the former. New York indie rockers Big Thief, LA psych-rock masters Wand, electronic indie-pop artist Foxtrott, dark postpunks Ceremony (with support from locals Negative Scanner), and rapper Open Mike Eagle visit the cozier Schubas. Big names rolling into Metro include emo revivalists Into It. Over It., shoegaze-happy posthardcore outfit Title Fight—with esteemed emo-band opener the Hotelier—and all-star Bowie tribute act the Sons of the Silent Age covering the groundbreaking Low front to back. The subterranean Smart Bar gets in the action on Friday only, hosting German electronic producer Tensnake. The Hideout offers comedy from Michelle Wolf, Phoebe Robinson, and Beth Stelling, while Thursday represents the one-year anniversary of Helltrap Nightmare, a monthly variety show of “comedy horror” and “noise music terror.” Check our listings for full lineups, or visit
— Luca Cimarusti



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