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Truth aka Trouble’s track “I’m a Winner” to be featured on NBA games this season

One of Champaign's best musical artist, Truth aka Trouble, landed his music into the NBA and it will be playing during every game this season on Fox Sports. 

Here's the info from the Fox Illinois article:

The commercial is the one you will see on Fox Sports. Truth's song, 'I'm a Winner' will be featured in every single basketball game on Fox Sports during the NBA’s 2017-2018 season.

Oh and he's got a new album coming out soon, stay tuned to his Facebook page for that.

Probably my favorite song by Truth:

Check out the coverage by Fox here.

Top photo by AdventureHart Photography and gotten from Facebook.


Hip-hop artist Sunny Ture releases yesterday's interlude

From the artist:

Sunny Ture is a hip-hop producer, engineer, and rapper located currently in Champaign, IL.  His influences include DOOM, Madlib, Lauryn Hill, and anything boom-bap.  Sound wise, sunny seeks to create a provocative yet smooth ride through the vision of Black 20-something's in today's world.

On yesterday, Sunny spins stories about growth, Blackness, wisdom gained through struggle, and community, over a heavily boom-bap influenced backdrop.  Yesterday's Interlude represents recordings from 2013-2016 that have previously went unreleased.

Check out the album on bandcamp and more of his music on soundcloud
All photos courtesy of Sunny Ture
For artist contact check out his Facebook and Twitter

New atmospheric black metal band 酸葬儀 acidfuneral releases 放浪者 wanderer

Acidfuneral 酸葬儀 is a new local artist that recorded the backbone of the album 放浪者 wanderer, released via Swampkult Productions, over a 24 hr period and then spent the next three months adding layers to the backbone to finish up the album.

From the artist:

酸葬儀 acidfuneral is a new, local atmospheric black metal band (and I use the term black metal very loosely here) that is set to release a debut album on November third. 酸葬儀 acidfuneral - "放浪者 wanderer" is an absolute trip that drags you into the unknown, from huge, ambient leads to hellish blasts and extreme emotions- there's very little time to catch your breath once the album picks up. The bones of the album were written and recorded in a single day in July of 2017, with the following three months being spent building and building upon these ten short songs. 酸葬儀 acidfuneral attempts to capture the feelings and emotions of 2017 chambana, through atmospheric leads and bold lyrics emulate the essence of campus life in a new, very dim and hopeless light. The lyrics speak in first person of other worlds and their link into the realm of dreams- the connections between the stars and these fabrications of the human mind. Simply put, "放浪者 wanderer" is about experiencing dreamscapes...all of them.

Check out the album on bandcamp


Ghoul Jr. has released their debut EP

Ghoul Jr. has released their debut EP and will be performing their EP release show tonight at Blips and Chitz. You can pick up a physical copy of their album on cassette tonight at the show or on their bandcamp. After listening to their infectiously catchy first single HeveanI got really excited for the album and now it's here! Available on bandcamp and spotify


C-U Jazz Fest is going on next week, check out the lineup

C-U Jazz Festival is coming up next weekend and it is worth checking out. Most of the performances will be happening at the Iron Post, however the 4 day festival will include lectures, conversations, workshops and even a jazz lunch on Sunday. Be sure to check out local artists and nationally renowned artists next weeked at the C-U Jazz Fest! Here is the line up:


3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — OLLI Lecture: Chris Madsen

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Krannert UnCorked: Ron Bridgewater Quartet and Opening Night Party 

9 p.m. - late — Iron Post: Chris Madsen and VandoJam  $2


4 p.m.-5 p.m. — Independant Media Center: Bastidas in Coversation sponsored by Jazz Education Network

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. — Pizza M:  Jordan VanHemert/Ryan Tomski  $5

8-10:30 p.m. — Iron Post: Des Paises Project, Victor Bastidas: Adam Larson, tenor sax; Rich Moore, alto sax; Wes Morgan, bass; Paul Bedal, piano $12 


2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Cohen Building: Young Artist Series: Bradley University Jazz Ensemble; North-South Ensemble  $2 
4 p.m. - 5:30pm — Upper Bout, Workshop, Tom Lippincott

6 p.m.- 8 p.m. — Pizza M: Andrew Walits Sextet   $5

9 p.m,-11:30 p.m. — Iron Post:  Tom Lippincott Trio; Matt Endres, Sam Peters $8


11am-1pm — Pizza M,  Jazz Lunch, Tom Lippincott:  $15 special jazz menu included     

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Urbana Free Library, Kevin Hart/Donnie Heitler Quartet

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. —Champaign Public Library

7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Iron Post, Rachel Therrien Quartet   $8


Neoga Blacksmith releases Chronontonius, donating proceeds to Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization

Neoga Blacksmith has released their brand new record, Chronontoniusand have announced they are donating their proceeds from the record for the next two weeks to HERO: The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization. You can listen to the new album below and see their post:


New outfit Designer Dog releases single

New alternative/garage rock band, Designer Dog releases their first ever single today, "White Picket Fence." The band consists of members from Finer Feelings and ex members of Penny Horses, not making this their first go around. Designer Dog has become the project that allows these members to really show their personalities outside of their other bands. Honestly, after listening to the little music available on their bandcamp, I'm pretty fucking pumped, this stuff is promising. Definitely lookout for this band in the future.

The band will be playing SvenStock on August 5th and donating any proceeds from the song to Imerman Angels, which is the same cause benefiting from SvenStock.

Check out the song "White Picket Fence" below and if you like it, or music in general and helping a great cause, think about attending SvenStock, more on the festival here.

Photo by Ashley Laine and Remy Tipei.

Listen to unearthed audio of the White Stripes performing at The Highdive in 2000

The Highdive lived a long life up until the end of 2015 when things changed a bit. First the Accord and now 51 Main — but it is really cool to see when things resurface unexpectedly. One of those things being this audio unearthed from when The White Stripes performed there on June 29, 2000.

From what I can gather in comments on Facebook — Bargos Steeler and Rectangle opened this show. You can check out John Isberg's post at the very bottom below the setlist and read through them, the post is Public.

The White Stripes performing at the Highdive in Champaign, IL on June 29, 2000.
0:00 Let's Shake Hands
1:44 Jolene
4:45 You're Pretty Good Looking/Hello Operator
9:10 When I Hear My Name
10:55 Cannon/John The Revelator
13:10 One More Cup Of Coffee (Bob Dylan Cover)
16:27 Wasting My Time
18:55 Death Letter
24:15 Little Bird
27:35 Jimmy The Exploder (!!!)
30:07 I'm Bored (!!!!!!!!!) (Iggy Pop Cover)
31:34 Do
34:25 Astro/Jack The Ripper/I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield
38:00 The Big Three Killed My Baby
40:29 Sugar Never Tasted So Good
43:55 Southern Can Is Mine :)
46:20 Screwdriver