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The Overture: August 23 – 29

WHAT: B.B. King

WHERE: Virginia Theatre ($46 – $77)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

I shouldn’t need to explain this to you. After all, this is B.B. King, a living musical treasure. If you’re yet to see him, you really owe it to yourself to pony up, even if it’s just this once. After all, he may not be touring for too much longer.

WHAT: Purity Ring, Petunias

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, August 25th at 9:00 p.m.

Purity Ring only has two songs out, but “Ungirthed” is about as guaranteed to blow up on Pitchfork as anything I’ve ever heard, which is pretty much what happened. Plus, you have to admit that it really is a good song. Petunias will provide a more organic approach to experimentalism to start out the evening.

WHAT: Sweetcorn Festival

WHERE: Downtown Urbana (FREE)

WHEN: Friday, August 26th to Saturday, August 27th

Survivor is playing. They’re going to play “Eye of the Tiger”. Miller Lite will be available. I don’t think I need to say anything else about this one, guys.







WHAT: New Ruins, Hathaways

WHERE: The Iron Post ($5)

WHEN: Friday, August 26th at 9:00 p.m.

You can catch a preview of the tracks from the New Ruins album dropping next month (the 20th, to be exact) while also taking in the always engaging Hathaways, who I’d be you probably haven’t seen in a little while.

WHAT: The Donkeys, My Werewolf Diary, Anna Karenina/Anna Karina

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, August 27th at 9:00 p.m.

San Diego americana group the Donkeys top off a strong bill, which also features My Werewolf Diary, who may soon be releasing some studio material according to Facebook, and Anna Karenina/Anna Karina, which features members of Take Care, Midstress and (formerly) Elsinore.



WHAT: Easter

WHERE: WEFT Sessions (free)

WHEN: Monday, August 29th at 10:00 p.m.

After pulling out a full band lineup at his show last month, it will be interesting to see what kind of configuration Kyle Lang comes up with for the ever-morphing indie pop project. And if you can’t go, you can at least tune in, right?

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