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The Overture: October 3-9

WHAT: Closet Witch/Formlessness/Blind Equation/Linder 

WHERE: Ghost Planet ($5)

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 3rd at 8 p.m.

Ghost Planet brings you Iowa’s Closet Witch, who will be supported by other touring bands from St. Louis and Bloomington. Get ready to grind your way into the week.




WHAT: Southern Culture on the Skids

WHERE: The Accord ($17 advance/$20 door)

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 3rd at 8 p.m.

SCOTS channel the B-52’s via their garage-y rockabilly sound with a southern attitude – so much so, in fact, that they actually collaborated with Fred Schneider of said band for a dance single in 2015. They promise a party every time they play.


WHAT: Euriah Tour Homecoming Show

WHERE: Blips and Chitz ($5 suggested donation)

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 3rd at 8 p.m.

Come welcome home C-U emo favorites Euriah as they recuperate from their tour. With an assist by the groups Options, Opposites, and Nectar, this will be a warm and rocking event not to be missed.


WHAT: Beats Antique with Thriftworks and Too Many Zooz

WHERE: Canopy Club ($20 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 9 p.m.

An eclectic show at Canopy is spearheaded by headliners Beats Antique, who offer up Middle-Eastern-themed music constructed by violins, guitars, and unique percussion, and then illustrated through belly dancing.



WHAT: Inter Arma

WHERE: The Accord ($10 advance/$12 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.

It’s metal/grind/noise night at The Accord on Tuesday, and headliner Inter Arma have come from Virginia prepared to fill you with doom and sludge.


WHAT: Real Estate

WHERE: The Accord ($20 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m.

Real Estate returns to C-U as part of the Pygmalion Show Series, bringing their shimmering, beachy indie pop back to the area. Add the breezy sounds of EZ TV and you’ve got a show that makes for a great final farewell to the warmth of summer.


WHAT: David Bazan Living Room Show

WHERE: Champaign address, disclosed after ticket purchase ($25)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th at 8 p.m.

Seattle’s David Bazan might be best known for his work in the band Pedro the Lion, whose emotional indie music helped shape those genres in the late 90s to early 2000s. His thoughtful songwriting is perfect for an intimate house venue.



WHERE: Canopy Club ($18 advance/$22 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th at 9 p.m.

GETTER brings the bass to Canopy on Wednesday, and he won’t skimp on the humor either.



WHAT: Old Fox Road / Drew Danburry / Aubrey Debauchery / City Mouth (Acoustic)

WHERE: Library House (free/donations suggested)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6th at 6:30 p.m.

This show marks the LAST gig at Library House for the immediate future, and it’ll be a doozy. Humorous indie musician Drew Danburry and folk-blues artist Aubrey Debauchery are coming together for a reunion with this show, with the folk-punk of Old Fox Road and acoustic jams of City Mouth to help out. Don’t miss it.


WHAT: MELK and Cycles

WHERE: Canopy Club ($7 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6th at 9 p.m.

This two bands will be pumping out the funky psych vibes on Thursday with danceable tunes to both groove and space out to.




WHAT: West African Drum Performance with Bolokada Conde & Friends

WHERE: International and Area Studies Library at Illinois (free)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7th at 4-5 p.m.

The Center for Global Studies and the International and Area Studies Library brings you a djembe performance featuring Bolokada Conde, one of South Africa’s most renowned master drummers. In addition to the performance, he and his friends will tell stories about their worldly travels and experiences.  


WHAT: White Reaper

WHERE: The Accord ($8 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7th at 7 p.m.

The fun-loving garage rockers White Reaper killed it at Pygmalion 2015, and now they’re back to Do It Again. This band is yet another example of Polyvinyl hitting it out of the park, and their rambunctiousness makes them poised to break out in a huge way. Joining in the fun are local punkers Bookmobile! and Kowabunga! Kid, making this a must-see show worthy of many more exclamation points.


WHAT: Artifakts, Marvel Years

WHERE: Canopy Club ($10 advance/$13 door)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7th at 9 p.m.

Three producers will bring their own distinct acts for an interesting mix of beats on Friday.



WHAT: Red Lion Inn 50th Anniversary Reunion

WHERE: Fat City ($20 per day, $30 for both days)

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 7th and Saturday, Oct. 8th starting at 5 p.m.

The Red Lion Inn is a venue of yester-year that saw the likes of R.E.O. Speedwagon, the Ramones and so many more. This weekend, a dozen of the bands that frequented the place will be gathering at City Center to celebrate old times and bring down the house. Be there!


WHAT: Peace Jam! Music For a World Without Violence

WHERE: Independent Media Center (free)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This event, hosted by University of Illinois Women’s Research Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will feature four different local musical acts playing for the cause. This is the kick-off to a month of events including live music, performances, art, and resources for help, all to bring attention to and help end abuse within relationships. Come support a cause that could never get enough help.


WHAT: CPL Hip-Hop Showcase

WHERE: Champaign Public Library (free)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8th from 3 – 5 p.m.

CPL brings you a free afternoon of some of the best up-and-coming hip-hop that C-U has to offer. Rappers babynoface, CJRun, and Ausar Bradley will provide an all-ages session of fresh, thought-provoking material that demands attention.


WHAT: Tengger Cavalry

WHERE: The Accord ($12 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8th at 8 p.m.

October is going to bring about some acts that just sound a little scary, and Mongolian metal band Tengger Cavalry is right up there with the best. This “Mongolian folk metal” act includes low, muttered vocals known as throat singing, the horse-head fiddle Morin Khuur, the Tibetan Horn, and other native instruments that coalesce to make a sound that is unlike any other and definitely foreboding. (In a good way.)


WHAT: Okstonerfest

WHERE: Loose Cobra in Tolono (free)

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8th at 4:20 p.m. (of course)

The Facebook page describes this event as “A free Bavarian-themed stoner/metal fest featuring a star-studded cast of local dirt-baggery.” That says it better than I ever could. At least six of the best local and touring metal bands will get together to shred it at one of the coolest venues around, and it’s FREE. There is no better time for those so inclined to get stoned and get killed.


WHAT: Cherub

WHERE: Canopy Club ($23 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 9th at 9 p.m.

Cherub is an electro-pop duo that showcases 80’s funk and pop-music from the future. They’ll keep you up Sunday night without any regrets.


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