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Do you need a healthy dose of "old school, new-fangled, funky, country, western rock'n'rollabilly" in your life? Need to dust off your boots and get down with an old-fashioned throwdown? Look no further, dear reader: Wild Earp & the Free For Alls are coming to the Rose Bowl Tavern this F…

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Lately I’ve been trying to write more about some of our local hip hop heroes. I continue to use the word “heroes” because they’re stepping up and filling in what our music scene needs and bringing a fresh dose of vitality and energy to this town. Recently, the album ‘I’d Be Mad Too’ by artis…

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In the annals of the more extreme varieties of music, there lurks a band…not just any band, but a force of nature. Resplendent in their themed insect uniforms, the crushing, spastic, frenetic four-piece known as The Locust are coming together once again for their first performance since 2015…

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Urbana — On September 5, 6, and 7, 2019, a diverse and exciting curation of the world’s most remarkable guitarists will gather for the eighth installment of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, presented by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. …

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New York-based Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Martin is touring following the release of his debut LP, ‘Gimme Some Light.’ In advance of his Tuesday, August 13th performance at the Tonic Room in Chicago, Martin took the time to answer a few questions about how he got into music, what drew …

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The CU hip hop scene is especially vibrant these days, taking its cue from the punk rock days of old and building the community up from the underground. Every week we have a new showcase, a new artist, a new release, new headlines, etc.

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Coming in hot out of Perth, Australia, is a little extra-crispy, wild-eyed, thunderous force of nature known as Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. With frenetic energy and innovative songwriting they’ve been making waves the world over, and they are returning to the U.S. this fall after hitting Euro…

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Anyone who has read my column in the past couple years has become aware of my obsession with Desert Daze. The Southern California festival features unique lineups and an intimate-yet-colossal ambience; throwbacks to vintage psychedelia meet gritty punk sensibility, counterculture mysticism, …

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Stonefield is one of the latest groups in the sprawling Australian psych rock scene to take the world by storm: four sisters who went from the Aussie countryside to touring the world with towering psychedelic rock. Recently, Amy Findlay, eldest of the four and the group’s drummer/led vocalis…

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One of Champaign’s finest artistic acts, the incomparable Trouble Chasin’ (comprised of local legends Truth AKA Trouble and Chase Baby), have dropped their hotly anticipated TC2; the hype has been very real, and as usual, the tunes do not disappoint.

Hot off the presses, we have some news regarding one of the most captivating bands to come out of Australia’s roiling psychedelic scene: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Read the press release below and get your tickets while you can!

Last Saturday, April 20, saw Australian's hard-charging, "blown-out" psychedelic garage blues group The Murlocs take the stage at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. An intimate venue with a capacity of around 500, the venue is known for up-close performances with some of the most cutting-edge musicians in the world, and The Murlocs were no exception.

Jeff Tweedy's recent run of solo acoustic performances brought him to Champaign's historic Virginia Theatre last week. An evening of heartfelt music spanning most of Tweedy's career, the Wilco front man and singer/songwriter had quite the setting for these shows: pitch black in the concert hall, with just two soft spotlights on Tweedy himself.

Summer Camp Music Festival 2019Full 2019 lineup, Thursday Pre-Party lineup, Red Barn Late Nights, and more!Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment is proud to present the 19th AnnualSummer Camp Music FestivalMay 24-26, 2019 • Three Sisters Park • Chillicothe, IL

Durham, N.C. [April 11, 2019] — Moogfest complements its lineup announcements with the addition of Questlove, Arabian Prince (N.W.A.), and Madame Gandhi, plus the unveiling of this year’s free programming to take place at the American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Theatre, and Quarter Horse in downtown Durham, N.C., April 25–28.

Pitchfork’s inaugural Midwinter Festival was this past weekend, and it went off without a hitch. Sadly, this reporter was only able to attend Saturday, but that was more than enough. The effect of the music while walking through the exhibits and venues was haunting and surreal; it made you forget the harsh cold lurking just outside the doors.

Tune your receivers to oscillations from the anti-sun. Transient random-noise bursts have foretold the coming of the 8th installment of Desert Daze, returning to Moreno Beach, October 10th-13th 2019.This year's First Artist Transmission is avant-pop specialists Stereolab, who have announced their first North American appearance in over a decade.

Tired of the ice and snow? Feeling the cold grip of winter deep down in your bones? Need something nice and spicy to shake off the frigid bleakness? Look no further than Pitchfork’s Midwinter Festival: held indoors at Chicago’s Art Institute, the event takes place over the weekend of February 15-17, and promises to heat things up in this grueling season.

Well, it’s that time of year again. The big festivals start releasing lineups and everyone starts planning their summer out months in advance, hoping to catch some new tunes or see some of their old favorites. It’s really a smorgasbord of music and travel, and there are some really great events out there with unique performances that you may not get to see again.

Bluegrass, Americana, folk. These are some of the richest traditions in American music history, and they are currently experiencing a massive revival. One of the groups cresting that wave and leading us into the future is the explosive Greensky Bluegrass.

Summer Camp Music Festival 2019First Round of Artist AnnouncementsJay Goldberg Events and Entertainment is proud to present the First Round of Artist Announcements for the 19th annual Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL on May 24, 25, and 26, 2019:3 days of moe.3 days of Umphrey’s McGeeBig GiganticZeds Dead RebelutionGramatik

Winter has arrived, friends, and with it, life can seem to grind to a halt. Ice freezes over the roads, blankets barricade any areas where warmth might escape, and we all hunker down for the big chill. Regular readers will know I often recommend music to help us get through these cold months.

Well, it’s that time of year again: winter is here, and will get worse before it gets better. The cold and darkness tend to take it out of a body from time to time, and every now and then it’s necessary to take a break and recharge in the soft glow of a salt lamp with some warm, soothing music playing to relax the mind and relieve the muscle aches.

The music scene in the Champaign-Urbana area has something for everyone. Whatever your flavor, this town is bursting with talent. One of the most exciting and head-turning developments of our local musical culture is the hip hop-oriented Champaign Cypher Series and its resulting tour.