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  • Country artist Cody Johnson headlines Joe's Live in Rosemont Saturday, Jan. 13.

    Country artist Cody Johnson headlines Joe's Live in Rosemont Saturday, Jan. 13.
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  • Belle Game takes the Schubas stage with Yumi Zouma, Varsity and Sports Boyfriend on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the opening night of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival.

    Belle Game takes the Schubas stage with Yumi Zouma, Varsity and Sports Boyfriend on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the opening night of the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival.

 
 

Country's Cody Johnson

Texas-born artist Cody Johnson has been making waves throughout the nation's country scene with his recent singles "With You I Am" and "Wild As You." But what's really earned him the nod of approval is his 2016 album "Gotta Be Me," which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country album charts and No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Album Chart. He's joined by Jacob Bryant when he brings his guitar to Rosemont's Joe's Live. 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $18-$45. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

Tomorrow Never Knows

Tomorrow Never Knows is a hot spot on the wintry Chicago landscape, chasing away the chill with five nights of local indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. Acclaimed national and international musical acts such as Belle Game, Yumi Zouma, Diane Coffee, Hinds, Snail Mail and more pair with local favorites such as Varsity, Yoko and the Oh No's, Peel, Sports Boyfriend and many others. See tknfest.com for lineup and venue information. Tomorrow Never Knows runs Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 17-21. Five-day pass is $125; individual shows range from $10-$22. See tnkfest.com for full schedules and ticket info.

Brandon Flowers and his band The Killers headline a nearly sold out show at the United Center Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Brandon Flowers and his band The Killers headline a nearly sold out show at the United Center Tuesday, Jan. 16. - Associated Press
On the Brightside

While I haven't completely cozied up to the band's most recent release, 2017's "Wonderful Wonderful," Brandon Flowers and The Killers have earned enough musical good will from their steady string of critical, commercial and personal favorites to warrant selling out huge arena shows. Catch some of the new songs, along with the ones you already know, when they hit the United Center with Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron next week. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $49.50; tickets are pretty sold out, but they're still available on secondary markets. (312) 455-4500 or unitedcenter.com.

Passion Pit performs at Chicago's Riviera Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Passion Pit performs at Chicago's Riviera Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 17. - Associated Press
Passion-ate pop

Michael Angelakos, the prince of danceable electropop known as Passion Pit, brings his live band and the beats to play at Chicago's Riviera Theatre. They're joined by California-based indiepop duo slenderbodies for a midweek performance that promises to rev you up through the weekend. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $35-$129. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.

Concert highlights

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasochicago.com.

• Dead/Awake, Barium, Consume The Divide, Butl3r: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $10. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.

• Aaron Watson, Adam Doleac: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $15-$20. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• Banana Bash 5.0 (pt 1) featuring On My Six, Bareknuckle Bullseye, Genotype, A Silent Truth, Burned in Effigy: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $10. (847) 428-0562 or facebook.com.

• Mama Jimi, Bosco, Mike Gassett Band, Josh Flagg: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Johnny Automatic, Headspins, This Obsession, CHX Collective: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Kick -- The INXS Experience, PriMary, DJ Greg Corner: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $15-$18. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.

• Snuzfest 2018 pajama party featuring Guardrail, Talk To You Never, Glory Days, Oceans Over Airplanes, Torch the Hive, Drew Neely & the Heroes, Invictus, Little Crown: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $8; $10 with pajamas; $12 at the door. Hosted by Hope for the Day and the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast; proceeds will benefit the Veteran Hospital of Puerto Rico. (708) 669-9473 or hftd.org.

• Adelitas Way, Deadset Society, Manafest, Late Night Fights: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Rochaus, 98 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$38. (815) 893-9768 or rochaus.com.

• Identity Crisis: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5; free before 8:30 p.m. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

• The Inventors, The Flesh Failure, Them Dead Poets, Swell Suburbia: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

Blues rocker Jonny Lang plays St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Saturday, Jan. 13.
Blues rocker Jonny Lang plays St. Charles' Arcada Theatre Saturday, Jan. 13. - Associated Press

• Jonny Lang, Tony Lucca: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $39-$89. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.

• Hairbanger's Ball: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$13. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Led Pig, Eraserhead, The Kings Rising, She Rides Tigers: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at White Tavern, 423 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. $5. (630) 357-1890 or whitetavern.com.

• Eric Lindell & the Grand Nationals: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Opportunity Knocks Chili Cook-Off featuring Fletcher Rockwell: Noon Sunday, Jan. 14, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $25-$30 for appetizers, chili entries, dessert and music; proceeds benefit Opportunity Knocks. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Celebrate the release of their new album "it's not us" with Umphrey's McGee Sunday, Jan. 14, at Chicago's Park West.
Celebrate the release of their new album "it's not us" with Umphrey's McGee Sunday, Jan. 14, at Chicago's Park West. - Courtesy of Umphrey's McGee

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

Check out Like Language's new song "Like a Drug" when they play with Motherfolk Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean.
Check out Like Language's new song "Like a Drug" when they play with Motherfolk Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean. - Courtesy of Like Language

• Motherfolk, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @BShamieDH. Listen to Brian's "2017 Chicago Sound Check" Spotify playlist for a sampling of many of the local bands he included in the Daily Herald last year.

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