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Concertline: TNK fest, 10,000 Maniacs, and McLovin!

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A look ahead at shows worth seeing (and hearing) this week ...

Chicago's annual multi-day, multi-venue winter music festival Tomorrow Never Knows returns in 2013 with a typically rich lineup, running Jan. 16-20 at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, the Hideout, Smart Bar, Metro and the Vic Theatre. A full schedule is here. Some suggested must-sees:
-- Chicago's Wild Belle has hit a stride with their rock-steady dreamscapes, and this is a potent moment to catch them in action before the March 12 release of "Isles" (Jan. 17 @ Lincoln Hall)
-- The double bill of the Walkmen and Father John Misty is liable to be a gritty slice of wacky pie (Jan. 18 @ the Vic)
-- Fans of Maps & Atlases and/or M83 can find common ground within the cinematic scope of Geographer's indie-pop (Jan. 20 @ Schubas).

10,000 MANIACS

This Friday, you can go two ways with your '90s nostalgia. You can dredge up the manufactured sludge of Candlebox, the least credible band ever to emerge from commercial grunge (9:30 p.m. at the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison; $17 advance, $20 door; call 773-327-1662, To complete the time warp, the Lovehammers are even opening. Or, you could dig out that shawl and some sensible shoes for the return of 10,000 Maniacs -- alas, still sans Natalie Merchant (8 p.m. at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph; sold out).
UPDATE JAN. 16: City Winery says the 10,000 Maniacs show has been postponed. Refunds available on request.

Celebrity trivia alert: This rock quartet features drummer Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Yes, McLovin is in a band, and there's no Irish R&B to be heard. (Whither Phantom Planet?) Printers Row and Penthouse Sweets open at 7 p.m. in the Montrose Room at the InterContinental O'Hare hotel, 5300 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. Tickets: $12-$20. Call (866) 777-8932;

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