Miles Nielsen arrives at Cowboy Monkey

Every profession has its perks. Getting to the front of the line for roller coasters at Six Flags happened to be Miles Nielsen’s favorite perk from his dad’s profession as a rock star. Nielsen grew up on the r...

Playin’ it up with Brainchild

Straight out of Peoria, IL, Brainchild lays out soulful jams with a dynamic edge. Together for six years now, they've released one album, One World and done a fair share of touring in the Midwest. This Saturday...

Champaign’s Birthday Bash

The city of Champaign has something for just about everyone: a downtown that supports independent businesses, a park district that has created a beautiful backdrop and environment for all, a pulsing heartbeat o...

Catching up with… The Delta Kings

The Delta Kings have been performing in CU for 17 years, they recently put out their 6th album, 4 Chords & The Truth, and they’ll be headlining the Chestnut Stage as a part of the Celebrate Today Music Festival...
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Tree Thump brings a fresh sound to CU

From first glance at the oblong, foreign-looking, intricate wooden instrument on stage, it’s easy to tell that something new and exciting is about to happen. That’s just what Tree Thump brings to the CU music s...

Savage Garden’s Affirmation

Artist: Savage Garden Album: Affirmation I tend to not outgrow my favorite things. Those Hollister jeans my ex boyfriend bought me freshman year of high school? Still rockin’ those babies! My copy of Beaut...

Hollister playlist

So I'm sitting in the car the other day, and this song comes on the radio. After 5 measures of poppy, girly vocals and a the mention of popsicles and bikinis, I knew exactly where this song belonged: Hollister....

New Ruins uncovered

Local artists New Ruins have been rocking the CU scene for the past four years and still going strong. Caleb Means of the band chats with buzz about how they formed, where they are now and what CU can expect a...

Combined forces bring true hip-hop to CU

An all-star lineup will take over Mike ’n Molly’s with the intentions of providing CU with a taste of pure and positive hip-hop done right. The show will feature local favorite Larry Gates, formally of Lorenzo ...

Catching up with… Piano Man

For the past three years, Shay Thiele has not just been a piano man, but The Piano Man. Playing every Tuesday at Canopy Club in Urbana, people flock to the venue to watch him sing and play some of their favorit...