01/11/2012 02:20 pm ET

Tomorrow Never Knows: A Procrastinator's Guide To Chicago's First Music Festival Of 2012 (VIDEOS)

Wednesday evening marks the start of the 2012 Tomorrow Never Knows music festival in Chicago.

As the city's first music festival of the year, sneaking up annually on Chicagoans on the heels of the bustling holidays and in the midst of what is typically a dreadfully cold, treacherous month in Chicago, Tomorrow Never Knows tickets aren't usually anticipated to fly off the shelves, but, perhaps, due to the unseasonably warm temperatures to date and some really solid acts being booked, much of the festival has already sold out in advance.

Nevertheless, HuffPost Chicago wanted to present a procrastinator's guide to some of the must-see shows to which tickets, as of mid-Wednesday, remain up for grabs including shows headlined by Glass Candy, Theophilus London and Gauntlet Hair. Scroll down to check out a selection of shows we're still hoping to check out.

The festival launches its kickoff party at Lincoln Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will continue with shows at Schubas Tavern, the Hideout, and the Metro through Sunday. Click here for ticket information and here to listen to a streaming mix featuring musicians playing this year's festival.

Photo of Gauntlet Hair by weeklydig via Flickr.

Tomorrow Never Knows Festival '12