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Kowabunga! Kid announces new album on The A.V. Club

Local band Kowabunga! Kid have been known around C-U for quite some time, but today, they have announced their debut record via Rat King Records (due out June 10th), and even furthermore, the news was premiered by the massive pop culture blog The A.V. Club.

It's always cool when the national spotlight shines down on Champaign-Urbana, and even more cool when it focuses on one of our many musical facets. 

You can stream the first single off of their album Wasting My Time below, titled "When You're Sleeping" here.


Final show at Mike N Molly’s announced for May 13th

Mike N Molly's is closing soon, and in celebration, the final show at the venue will be Friday, May 13th with Withershins, Mock Orange, Rented Room, and Kassius.

Check out the info from the Facebook event:

WITHERSHINS are closing out the beergarden. Forever.

MOCK ORANGE are playing 60+ minutes of never-heard-before material: their new album, Put The Kid On The Sleepy Horse.


RENTED ROOMS is a new project featuring Rich Fessler and Scott Picco of Chicago's BEAR CLAW, and Chris Metcalf of The Life and Times.


KASSIUS is playing their final show ever as a band.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Ages 19+ and Up


U of I alum Tatyana McFadden wins fourth consecutive London Marathon

University of Illinois grad Tatyana McFadden has just won her fourth straight London Marathon. Remarkable. Check out the results and info via Twitter:


Observatory Open House taking place this Saturday, April 23rd

From the U of I Astronomy website:

Astronomy Open House on April 23, 2016

You are cordially invited to an Open House hosted by the Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois!

Place: Campus Observatory (map and directions)
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Times:  Drop by anytime from 1pm to 5pm, and from 8pm to 10pm.

All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend

Faculty and students will be on hand.  We will share the excitement of the latest department research and teaching innovations.  Topics will include:

  • cosmology--the birth of the universe
  • black holes and gravitational waves
  • galaxies across space and time
  • the birth of stars
  • supernova explosions

There will be regular tours of the dome and our historic Brashear telescope.  Weather permitting, we will observe the sun during the 1pm to 5pm session, and the stars from 8pm to 10pm.

This event is kid-friendly, and will feature live demonstrations as well as beautiful images from Hubble and other telescopes.

We hope to see you there! Do not hesitate to ask if you have questions or would like more information.

Clear skies!

Brian Fields, Professor and Chair of Astronomy

Photo from U of I Astronomical Society.


Check out AV Club's in-depth look at HUM and You'd Prefer An Astronaut

AV Club's Sam Blum has published quite the piece about HUM this morning — "HUM's You'd Prefer An Astronaut is an overlooked masterpiece" — looking back at their history, the brilliance of that record, and more. What a astounding piece of music, it is — have yourself a read this morning and enjoy.

While you're at it, check out John Steinbacher's look at Astronaut and HUM prior to their performance at Pygmalion 2012.


First Federal Savings Bank offering free tomato giveaway

First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign Urbana is hosting a tomato giveaway of 2 free Super Fantastic tomato plants on May 2nd when anyone visits one of their two offices from 9 am - 5pm. 

From their press release:

Champaign, Illinois – First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana announced the 34th annual tomato plant giveaway. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 2nd. Each person who enters the bank between 9am and 5 pm can pick up two FREE Super Fantastic variety tomato plants, while supplies last. It is not necessary to be a bank customer -everyone is welcome. The bank will also have a drawing for a pair of Illinois Football season tickets. No purchase is necessary. The bank’s locations are: 1311 South Neil Street ,Champaign, and 301 W. Springfield Avenue, Urbana.

First Federal’s marketing director, Ata Durukan, said the bank’s tomato day promotion was created by President and CEO, George Rouse, to introduce the bank’s locations to the community. Durukan said, “This is a fantastic way for our institution to continue to connect with the community and to welcome spring. First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana has been a local, community bank here since 1908. It’s a great pleasure to be able to meet so many wonderful people who visit our offices on tomato day.”


U of I Community Credit Union celebrating Shred-a-Palooza this Saturday

The U of I Community Credit Union has just announced a community celebration of the new name and branding, Shred-A-Palooza. The party will happen on this Saturday, April 23rd, at their First Street location at 2201 S 1st St in Champaign.

From the press release:

Champaign, IL – U of I Community Credit Union (formerly known as University of Illinois Employees Credit Union) is launching a new brand identity and look.

Beginning on April 6, 2016, U of I Community Credit Union’s storefront signage will display its new name. In addition to the name change, the credit union is updating its look to reflect its commitment to serving both the local community and the university for which it is named.

“For nearly 85 years, U of I Community Credit Union has been committed to bringing the best possible rates, fewest fees, and highest level of service to as many people as possible,” said E.J. Donaghey, CEO. “Our updated brand reflects who we serve today and how proud we are to be part of this community.”

U of I Community Credit Union welcomes the entire community to celebrate their new community look and feel at Shred-A-Palooza on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 2pm at the First Street Branch.

Stay tuned for additional details about the event.

U of I Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of financial products and services to anyone who lives or works in Champaign, Ford, Piatt, Douglas, and Vermillion, IL counties as well as University of Illinois employees and other select employee groups. To learn more, visit uoficreditunion.org.