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Some notes on the CU music scene

Champaign-Urbana is a pretty great town when it comes to music. There are lots of venues, some of which are even equipped with people in charge who actually like original music and want to support it. There are...

Damn the man, save WRFU

It seems that we’ll see the return of the house party this Friday, though I’m not sure where it is supposed to have been. The lovely folks at Smile Politely (dot com) will host a rock show at 610 W. Hill St. in...

The week ahead in local music

I have about a hundred PCU-related quotes that I want to unleash in preparation for tonight’s Canopy Club show. That’s right, it’s ... George Clinton ... and the Parliament ... Funkadelic! I half-expected to se...

Local Lebowski fest finally arrives

The Canopy Club is going all-out this Sunday, April 26, as they present The Inaugural Champaign-Urbana Lebowski Achievers Festival. If there is anyone left in the world that hasn’t seen The Big Lebowski (you ar...

LM5 and the week ahead in music

LM5 is the big news of the week, and I think for good reason this year. The changes that have been made to make the event less of a competition and more of a celebration seem to be good moves. The fact of the m...

The Jips crowned teen battle winners

Congratulations are in order for all of the teen bands that participated in the Champaign Park District’s Teen Battle of the Bands, including the winning band, The Jips, out of Farmer City. The band scored reco...