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Chris reviews the sights of Champaign Park District's fantastic music festival, Mariposa.
Jessica Lea Mayfield lets her grunge rock roots shine on her latest album, Make My Head Sing. Ahead of her performance at the Mariposa Music Festival, we spoke with her about how playing these songs has made her happier than ever.
A lot of great options this week, especially for fans of alt-country and folk.
This short week isn't too heavy on shows, but Saturday offers a great time for anyone and everyone.
With Canopy Club shut down for Summer Camp, other venues are left to pick up the slack this week. They handle the job ably with a few great shows.
Phantogram are coming to the Virginia Theater tonight, but don't let those pesky seats in the auditorium keep you from having a good time. We talk to Josh Carter about the upcoming show.
Chris hit up the Black Joe Lewis and Pickwick show at the Highdive last night, and has some photographic evidence to prove it.
By writing a blog post shaming a high school athlete for poor behavior, The News-Gazette's Executive Sports Editor showed a worse lack of class.
Champaign's newest guitar shop, The Upper Bout, wants to do more than sell you a guitar — it wants to be a part of the community.
In this installment, Chris chats with singer-songwriter Emily Otnes about how her style has changed and what new music she has to share.
Chris examines the music of Pygmalion Music Festival act Dawes, and what separates the band from the rest of the musical landscape, prior to their performance on Friday.
Chris talks with The Dodos' drummer Logan Kroeber about how the band created its Polyvinyl debut, Carrier, ahead of their performance at the Highdive.
This week Chris catches up with local roots rockers Neoga Blacksmith and gets to the bottom of whether any of them is actually a blacksmith or from Neoga.
In the latest installment of Soundcheck, Chris chats with Kevin Miller, a.k.a. DJ Belly.
Chris sits down and talks to local post-rock/screamo outfit Enta for the next installment of Soundcheck.
Chris Davies introduces Soundcheck, a new, weekly music series.
Within, you'll find the remaining artist additions set to perform at this year's Pygmalion Music Festival, joining an already stellar lineup.
The local video series offers a unique and diverse experience to help raise money.
Elsinore's two new members Brad Threlkeld and James Treichler are ready to show fans what they can bring to the band, and insist they're not feeling the pressure of playing for the hometown crowd.
To prepare for Bob Dylan coming to Champaign we gathered some of the man's best songs, per the opinion of several people active in the C-U music scene, into one collection.
Krannert's offering commuters a break with a drive time rock and roll concert from JD McPherson.
Timeshare, the debut album from locals Grandkids, is truly a fantastic piece of work. It's so good, Champaign might not be able to claim Grandkids much longer.
Wicked Walls makes its debut tonight at Mike 'N Molly's, and J. Caleb Means sits down with Chris to talk about the band after the falling out of New Ruins.
Chris takes us through the fourth installment of Coed Pageant's seasonal EP series, The Fallout.
This former local outfit closes the book on their project Good Night & Good Morning Saturday night, and we sit down to talk to them about their music, playing in C-U, and what the future holds.
Former Stereolab vocalist takes some time away from her break in England to talk with us.
It's been a very good year for this Los Angeles singer-songwriter. Check out the reasons why before her Pygmalion set Friday night.
Rocky Votolato and CALLmeKAT dazzled on Saturday, and Chris has the recap and photos of show to share in case you missed it.
Rocky Votolato pays a visit to Champaign tomorrow night, and our very own Chris Davies got a chance to pick his brain about a few things.
Chris follows up last week's interview with Evil Tents by reviewing this past Saturday's re-release show at The Highdive.
Chris interviewed Evil Tents about their re-release and upcoming show. What we present here is pure unadulterated Evil Tents, which, according to them, sounds a lot like night driving, pot smoking, water bed fucking music. Fair enough.
Chris runs down the Hank Williams III, or Hank III, show at Canopy Wednesday night.
Chris is pretty sure that you are the last person Hank III gives a damn about. But if you give a damn about him, he's playing on Wednesday.
The Daredevil Christopher Wright takes the stage tonight with some local chums Common Loon and Santah.
We got a chance to sit down with Kate Hathaway to talk about Hathways' show tomorrow night and their new release.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts played host to a couple of local staples over the weekend as a part of the Pygmalion Spring Show Series.
Chris talks to Ryan Groff about some of the rumblings from Elsinore camp prior to their show on Saturday with Common Loon.
Regardless of expectation prior to the show, The Head and The Heart brought anything but disappointment.
Pygmalion Music Festival's Spring Show Series kicks off tonight with Seattle's folk outfit The Head and The Heart.
Joe Pug returns to the Canopy Club in what is beginning to become a longterm friendship with the C-U music community.