John speaks with David Spelman, Artistic Director of ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, about its origins as well as this year’s themes and performers.
Stephanie interviews Evan Bartel ahead of his show at Pour Bros for their one year anniversary celebration.
Sal chats with Kenna Mae Reiss of Relevator about their journey so far as this new-ish Americana five piece.
Austin interviews Zoe Willott and talks about her project, zzo, which delivers some excellent dreamy indie pop tunes.
This week, I spoke with Tristen, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter, to talk about her newest release before she plays The Rose Bowl Tavern on August 8th.
Joe chats with Terry Miller-Brown and Zack Widup of CU Bands and Fans about their involvement in the local music scene.
The new owners of the Rose Bowl Tavern in downtown Urbana have a vision: Keep it the same and grow it out. We sat down with co-owner Charlie Harris to learn how the trio came to owning the bar and what drew them to it initially.
Nicole chats with Robbie Mathisen of Pour Bros. about their new Artist Alley Concert Series that's bringing a variety of artists to downtown Champaign.
Drake sat down with Elizabeth Allen of Mermaid Heaven to talk about the new project, upcoming release, and more.
Matthew Campbell and Robert Hirschfeld of Common Loon write atmospheric, tuneful songs that would make them kings of the indie music heap in a perfect world. Thankfully, they're back.
ELLNORA is back again, and Smile Politely sat down with Krannert Center's Mike Ross and Bridget Lee-Calfas to talk about how the festival celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and exceptional guitarists.
Gavin chats with Jake Metz, the creator of Immersion Fest, a brand new, inclusive sound-experience festival coming to C-U at the start of May.
In our Music section, you can find a wide variety of coverage on our scene — whether it is a review of a local artist’s new album, a preview of an upcoming performance in C-U, or something in between — we’ll keep you up to date.