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American Football and Braid featured on Stereogum's "Essential Emo" list

A couple of locals were featured on Stereogum's recent "30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era of Emo" list — and to no surprise, American Football and Braid were featured.

Braid's "A Dozen Roses" and American Football's "Never Meant" made their list of "essentials", even though you could go on and on for this conversation. Pretty neat nonetheless. Cap'n Jazz also made the list. Check out the full list linked above.


bacaro ramen monday: july 21 2014

45 USD

hiyayakko, grilled tofu, shallots, shaved green beans, pickled shiitakes, sweet corn broth

tamagoyaki, farm eggs, shaved radish, sliced cucumber

summer vegetable tempura, chili dipping sauce

bacaro ramen, triple s pork shoulder, hen of the wood mushrooms, green onion, garlic scape, soft boiled farm egg

bubble tea slush, tapioca pearls, coconut milk, taro, jackfruit


Sweetcorn Festival: One Community Together Stage lineup

The Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is just around the corner, folks — 35 days to be exact. In case you missed it, here's the lineup for the One Community Together Stage. This stage is located on the north side of the festival at Broadway and Water.

In addition to the music and entertainment, OCT is putting together some great programming for the kids, including stargazing on Friday night, a musical instrument petting zoo, paper-making with corn and more. 

Be sure to visit urbanasweetcornfestival.com for the latest updates — and stay tuned for another big announcement coming soon!


Blues Blast Music Awards hits Champaign

From the press release:

We are very excited to announce that Blues Blast Magazine has partnered with The Fluid Event Center in Champaign, IL to bring the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014.

"The 20,000+ sq ft event space is the second largest in the Champaign/Urbana area and equipped to bring the best Blues Blast Music Awards we've had yet" says Blues Blast Editor Bob Kieser. The awards ceremony will feature music by the artists nominated.Some names already announced are: Back Pack Jones, Bernie Pearl, Bobbie Rush, Dave Riley, Bob Cooritore and Blues Legend Lonnie Brooks just to name a few!

Tickets will go on sale August 1st at bluesblastmagizine.com and fluideventcenter.com

"We are so excited to be bringing the Blues Blast Music Awards to the area, this will be a big deal for the community!" says Champaign Blues Festival Director Michael Galloway. "To have national artists and international exposure is amazing and I'm excited to show the Blues Community what Champaign has to offer". The award show has been at Buddy Guy's in Chicago for the past six years.

Voting Is Open To The Public - Voting to determine the winners began July 15th, 2014 and will continue until September 15th, 2014 at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com. This is one of ONLY awards that is voted by the public, so Champaign Blues Fans, get online and vote!

About Blues Blast Magazine - The 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the largest FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 90 countries.


Champaign Cycle Summer Sale

Champaign Cycle Summer Sale — July 17-28

We have a wide variety of bikes and accessories on sale at some of the best prices of the year. Also, you will receive up to $200 in free accessories with a Trek Bike purchase.

Stop by either our Champaign or Urbana location for the great deals.


Live in the heart of Downtown Champaign

Here's your chance to live in the heart of Downtown Champaign starting fall 2014. These completely renovated two bedroom loft-like apartments located at 10 E. Main Street are just steps away from some of the city's best dining and entertainment options. Inside you'll find all high-end amenities & finishes including a washer and dryer, dishwasher, stainless appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors, restored woodwork, and skylights. Rent starts at $1,295/month and includes monthly pest control service, trash removal, and a prompt, courteous, efficient maintenance staff. The apartments at 10 E. Main are unfurnished. Furniture is available for an additional $50 per month. Monthly utility fee of $65 covers water, sewer, recycling and high-speed 1,000 Mbps internet. Small pets negotiable.


  • Washer/Dryer in Unit
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Full Kitchen & Full Bath
  • Dishwasher/Disposal
  • Air Conditioned
  • Access to the JSM VIP Program

These won't last! For more information, call JSM at 217-359-6108 or visit www.jsmliving.com


Free Family Dance at Community Center for the Arts

Friday, July 18th at 7 p.m., Community Center for the Arts will present our annual Bow-Dacious Camp Student and Faculty Community Dance at the lovely and venerable Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana.

As usual there will be an opening "family" set by the Bow-Dacious Camp fiddlers, followed by an evening of high-powered dance music by the C4A Faculty String Band.

The friendly and dynamic Deborah Hyland will be our caller for the evening. All ages welcome; no experience is necessary!!

Admission to this event is FREE.

Come rock the Channing Murray with us--and support your friendly neighborhood community music school!

Phone: (217) 384-5150 (leave a message)
E-mail: info@c-4a.org