Roomrunner plays with Superchunk on Saturday.
Roomrunner plays with Superchunk on Saturday. Credit: Josh Sisk

The Tomorrow Never Knows festival has taken over a growing number of north-side venues every January for ten years now, bringing with it a wide variety of live music and (since 2012) comedy. The fest comes back bigger every time, and for 2014 it includes 22 shows in five days at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Metro, Smart Bar, the Hideout, and the Athenaeum Theatre.

The music starts Wednesday with Cayucas at Lincoln Hall and the Jim Jones Revue at Schubas.

On Thursday Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker top a bill of experimental music at Lincoln Hall, Australian singer-songwriter Betty Who headlines a four-act concert at Schubas, and instrumental fusion act Snarky Puppy plays Metro.

On Friday indie rockers the Rural Alberta Advantage play Lincoln Hall with the Kopecky Family Band and Mutual Benefit, and San Francisco shoegazers Weekend get top billing at Schubas, with openers including local heroes Bare Mutants; the night’s other headliners are electronic project Darkside at Metro, alt-country act Lone Bellow at the Athenaeum Theatre, and Berlin-based house duo AndHim at Smart Bar.

Saturday’s big names are English soul-pop singer John Newman at Lincoln Hall with vocal duo Lady; baroque-pop ensemble San Fermin at Schubas on a four-act bill with local fingerstyle guitarist Ryley Walker, among others; veteran indie rockers Superchunk at Metro with Roomrunner and Split Single, and Hugo Ball at Smart Bar.

On Sunday Yuck headlines Lincoln Hall, with support from Diarrhea Planet and others; Indians, Milagres, and more play at Schubas. Schubas hosts daytime School of Rock tributes to the Beatles on Saturday and Sunday, and Thursday through Sunday the Hideout hosts two sets of comedy per night from big-time funny people James Adomian, Nikki Glaser, Natasha Leggero, and Kyle Dunnigan.

All shows at Lincoln Hall and Schubas are $15, 18+, and start at 9 PM; prices, age restrictions, and times vary at the other venues. A five-day pass is available for a cool hundo, and it not only guarantees admission to every show (with no waiting in line) but also comes with a fistful of Budweiser-sponsored drink tickets and other goodies.