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Blind Pig named one of the best bars in Illinois outside of Chicago by Thrillist

Thrillist has named The Blind Pig one of the best bars in all non-Chicago parts of Illinois. Feel free to review the original article, but here's what Thrillist writers Matt Lynch and Jay Gentile had to say about our local brewery:

You may've spent some fine nights in Champaign drinking whiskey Cokes for free because your friend was in Sigma Chi with one of the bartenders, but you no longer know any (present day) Sigma Chi's, and your tastes have progressed beyond well liquor. Enter The Blind Pig Co., which does some fine brewing in its own right, and also has a draft list stocked with the kind of stuff you never would've appreciated in college: Founders Rubaeus, Deschutes Hop In The Dark, and Stone Cali-Belgique. Just bear in mind that your recovery ability has also changed since college.

Photo from Facebook.

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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.

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Menthol on CoS: "Wanna Hear The Greatest Unheard Band of the ’90s?"

After one local band was featured on BuzzFeed and we posted about it earlier in the week, another piece has been brought to our attention. This time, it is a pretty significant feature on locals Menthol by Consequence of Sound. 

"Wanna Hear The Greated Unheard Band of the 90s" tells the story of Menthol and is definitely worth the read. They also put together a 2+ hour interview with some members of the band in a rare interview (and stream it below):

Marc With a C has been chasing the proverbial grail that is the Menthol story since the fateful announcement that Capitol had completely dropped the band and left their material in the vaults. After nearly five years of attempts to make this episode a reality, he’s joined by Menthol’s lead guitarist and vocalist Balthazar De Ley who granted us a “rare as hen’s teeth” interview.

Thanks to the head's up from reader Brian K. As his submission read initially, "Remember these guys?" 

You better believe we do.

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XXYYXX, Earth, King Dude, more added to The Pygmalion Festival 2014 lineup

Yet again, this year's installment of The Pygmalion Festival is welcoming more additions into the fold. These additions include XXYYXX, Earth, King Dude, Berwanger, Modern Kin, and locals The 92s and Motes.

Not only that, but plenty of single show ticketing options have been made available (including tickets now being on sale for Panda Bear and Sun Kil Moon at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts) — so check those out here. Grab your festival pass to see the whole lineup, which features CHVRCHES, American Football, Tycho, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Deafheaven, EMA, Maserati, and many others.

To get an idea of who is playing on what day at this point in time, check the Pygmalion Festival schedule page.

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HUM featured on BuzzFeed's "38 Great Alt-Rock Songs You Haven’t Thought About In 20 Years" list

We know — you are most likely sick of these BuzzFeed lists already. So are we. BUT, this one is different, as it features C-U's very own HUM. I can't say that I haven't thought about HUM's "Stars" within the last 20 years (I find myself talking about them frequently, to be honest), but you get the idea. Check out the video below and the article linked above (they're #13 on that last).

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Champaign Cycle and Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club hosting suspension set-up clinic

Happening this weekend, Champaign Cycle (now located in both Champaign AND Urbana) has teamed up with Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club to present a suspension set-up clinic at Kickapoo State Park just east of C-U. You can check out all the information about the clinic below, and spend some time out there riding around while you're at it.

SUSPENSION SET UP CLINIC

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1 p.m. — Fee $10

So You Have A Full Suspension Mountain Bike...
 
Champaign Cycle and Kickapoo Mountain Bike Club (KMBC) are presenting a suspension set-up clinic at Kickapoo State Park.  
 
Make sure you are getting the most out of your bike by attending this clinic to understand suspension better and learn how to apply that knowledge to tune your bike to your needs. Learn about preload, rebound, tire pressure, tire selection, and maintenance cycles. Spend time on trail tuning your bike to your needs and riding style. This clinic is presented by highly experienced trail riders and mechanics. Get the traction you need and the performance you demand. Bring your bike and plan to tune and ride.
 
Attendance is limited to 12 to maximize personal attention.  Clinic will be 2-3 hours depending on rider involvement.
 
Call Drew at Champaign Cycle in Urbana 355-5700 to reserve your place at this clinic.  
 
Pre-Registration is required.
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Braid gets some serious love on Pitchfork

I've posted a few times recently about the new Braid record, which comes out today on Topshelf Records, because this is their first record in 16 years. Pretty big deal in my mind at least, and plenty of others.

Over the past few days, the band has been getting a decent amount of praise on the ever-controversial (and frankly, polarizing) Pitchfork in the form of a couple of pieces from Ian Cohen (again — not always the most-liked contributor of theirs). First, a pretty cool piece "Never Will Come for Us: The Unexpected Return of Braid and the Jazz June" that published yesterday, and today's featured review of their new record No Coast, which was given a very solid 7.7 (yeah — their rating system is controversial in and of itself).

Either way, both are worth the read, as Ian Cohen seems to particularly like midwest emo and another Champaign-Urbana artist as well.

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Urbana Summer Movie Night to feature Breaking Away on July 11th

Here's an event that's coming up in Downtown Urbana that's worth your time. The City of Urbana has partnered up with a handful of other organizations and businesses, including CoLab, Neutral Cycle and others, to bring a night of outdoor movie screening to Downtown. Check out the poster below, plus the synopsis of the film from the poster.

More than 30 years after its release, 1979’s Breaking Away is still one of the most beloved coming-of-age films ever made, and its zero-to-hero rise from a tiny, under-the-radar movie with no major stars to a sleeper hit and Best Picture nominee is one of Hollywood’s great underdog stories.

Here's some more information from the press release as well:

Families and community members are invited to the free outdoor screening of Breaking Away (PG, 1979) on Friday July 11 at 8:00 pm. The event, presented by @urbanalove, will be held at the Busey Bank parking lot in downtown Urbana. Please bring chairs or blankets for sitting. This will be the second installment of @urbanalove’s Summer Movie Nights series, which aims to bring the Urbana community together for an evening of film, food, drinks, and live music.

This month’s bicycle-themed event will begin with a casual bike ride at 5:30 pm. Riders old and new are welcome to gather at the Campus Bike Center (608 E. Pennsylvania Ave.) for the journey to Busey Bank in downtown Urbana.

The featured film, Breaking Away, is a classic summer story of bicycle racing and coming-of-age in a small Midwestern college town.

@urbanalove, dedicated to retweeting local news and events, is partnering with Busey, the City of Urbana, and Neutral Cycle. Pandamonium Doughnuts, Common Ground, Pizza M, and Flying Machine Coffee will have movie snacks and cold beverages available for purchase.

Neutral Cycle, a local independent bicycle shop, will announce a new city-wide bike-sharing program called Big Yellow Ride. They will also unveil a cycling bag prototype created by Neutral Design studio.

More information is available at neutralcycle.com/movie and the Neutral Cycle Facebook page.

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