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The Overture: August 17-23

WHAT: Cops And Rebounds, The Villens, Ground Water Mafia

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19th, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Urbana jam band Cops And Rebounds takes their show to the Error Records basement venue.


WHAT: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

WHERE: The Art Theater

WHEN: Wednesday, August 19th, 10 p.m.

The first authorized documentary about Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is playing at the Art Theater.


Mike N Molly’s ($7)—Thursday, August 20th, doors at 8 p.m.

This month’s Solo Showcase is as star studded — Rick Valentin of the Poster Children, Henry Frayne of Lanterna and Moon Seven Times, Jake Fleischli  of Tractor Kings and Angie Heaton will perform stripped down songs.


WHAT: Deshawn Music, Andy Mo, Knv Tajeza

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, August 20th, 9:30 p.m.

I’m not usually able to find any bonafide R&B shows to list, but I think this is a rare one.


WHAT: Fahrenheit & Celsius, special guests

WHERE: Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, August 20th, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m.

Electronic duo Fahrenheit & Celsius get the EDM stuff back in swing at Canopy Club.


WHAT: Taste of Champaign-Urbana

WHERE: West Side Park (free)

WHEN: Friday, August 21st – Saturday, August 22nd

Headliners are JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and Gin Blossoms share the stage with local bands. Check here for the full lineup.


WHAT: Dan Hubbard, Stone & Snow, Justin Rondon

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8)

WHEN: Friday, August 21st, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Bloomington Singer-Songwriter prides himself on being from central Illinois. See what he has to offer back at Canopy Club.


WHAT: Take Care, Resinater, Marathon

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, August 21st, doors at 9 p.m.

C-U ambient/emo band Take Care is back at MNM’s.


WHAT: The Chemicals, Falbonauts, Quiet Hollers

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, August 21st, 9:30 p.m.

Here we have a second local showcase of sorts going on Friday night in Downtown Champaign.


WHAT: Carnivale Debauche Presents: Five Years of Decadent Debauchery

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7 early show, $10 late show, $15 both)

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd, early show at 7 p.m., late show at 9:30 p.m.

St. Louis garage duo Bruiser Queen provides music for local burlesque troupe Carnival Debauche’s anniversary celebration.


WHAT: Motes at Urbanalove Summer Movie Night

WHERE: Downtown Urbana (free)

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd, 7 p.m.

Free Motes show plus a screening of The Goonies? Sounds like a good way to either start or end a Saturday night.


WHAT: Our Lady, Arrows In Her, Looming, Forever Losing Sleep

WHERE: Error Records ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Springfield punk band Looming is about to blow up — catch them at Error Records while you still can.


WHAT: Truth AKA Trouble, Chase Baby, Isis, Pit3H, Blakk, Fidlin, Forrest Bump, hosted by T.A.T.

WHERE: Canopy Club ($12)

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Take part in the official #UpIsDown album release show for Truth AKA Trouble.


WHAT: Earthgrazer, Earthholder, Windmills

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd, 10 p.m.

Three shoegazy-psych rock bands play together, hurray!

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