Smile Politely

The Overture: Feb. 23-Mar. 1

WHAT: Resinater, Gryscl, Heel Turn

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Monday, February 23rd, 8 p.m.

C-U’s resident stoner metal band and Memphis Skeletal Lightning Fest vets might just fill the SLF-shaped hole in your heart.

WHAT: Damian Jurado, Rebecca Rego (solo)

WHERE: Exile On Main Street

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24th, 7 p.m.

Exile on Main St doesn’t always host in-store performances, but when they do, they host awesome, intimate shows. If the idea of seeing Damien Jurado and Rebecca Rego on that cute stage doesn’t make you feel warm inside you might be a lizard person — or you might just live in Illinois in February.


WHAT: Rave of Thrones featuring Kristian Nairin (Hodor) with Beartooth and Angel Agrawal

WHERE: Canopy Club ($15 advance, $18 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

I’ve not gotten into Game of Thrones, but to those who are fans, Canopy Club is hosting one of the show’s stars Kristian Nairin, the actor who plays Hodor, as a DJ.


WHAT: Church Booty

WHERE: Canopy Club ($3)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 25th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Their first of two shows this week — check out Church Booty at their Summer Camp Wednesdays appearance and send the house show heroes off to the fest.


WHAT: YOUNG BLU EP Listening Party featuring Bolt Gang, Gwalla Boyz, and DJ Surreal

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, February 26th, doors at 8 p.m.

Listen to local rapper Young Blu’s newest effort.


WHAT: The Floozies, Russ Liquid, Filibusta

WHERE: Canopy Club ($15 advance, $17 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 26th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Kansas duo The Floozies pair electronic music with a live drum flair.

WHAT: Toupée, Gnargoyle, Downer’s Groove, The Dingbats

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 27th, 8 p.m.

Chicago’s Toupée are a perfect noisy mess. Driving guitars and poignant vocals. Piss punks Gnargoyle, Downer’s Groove and new locals The Dingbats support.


WHAT: Odesza, Little People, Big Wild

WHERE: Canopy Club (sold out)

WHEN: Friday, February 27th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Seattle electro-pop duo Odesza return to Urbana on their current college town tour. I’m pretty sure their whole tour is sold out, including this show, likely due to the palatable nature of their music.

WHAT: Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Jamaican Queens, Again Is Already

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, February 27th, doors at 9 p.m.

This week’s edition of Mike N Molly’s indie show sees the return of a couple well-loved bands to C-U.

WHAT: Single Player, The 92s, Church Booty

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, February 28th, doors at 9 p.m.

Former buzz Magazine colleagues Sean Neumann of Single Player and Dan Durley of The 92s come together again on the Mike N Molly’s stage.

WHAT: Undercurrent with selectors DJ Belly, Ricky Wells, Forrest Bump, Rachel Z

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey

WHEN: Saturday, February 28th, 10 p.m.

This special DJ night features a tag team of four whole DJs!


WHAT: Greek Mash-Up Frattle of the DJs

WHERE: Canopy Club ($3, 21+ free)

WHEN: Saturday, February 28th, doors at 10 p.m., show at 10: 30 p.m.

WPGU’s version of a battle of the bands is actually a “frattle,” meaning the participants are all members of the U of I Greek system, and this edition is DJs, not bands. Djing this time around will be DJ Mixerman (AEPi), Angel Agrawal (Sigma Nu), Dirty Di$co (ATO) and DJ AMPlifi (SAE).

Error Records ($5) — Sunday, March 1st, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Give Dream Ritual a listen and you’ll understand the appeal of their psychedelic grunge style. It’s a huge sound, and undoubtedly will be huger in the Error Records basement. And as if that wasn’t good enough, Springfield’s indie-punk stars Looming and emo boys Wir Konnen are also added to the show, with locals Krelboyne and $avageboy. That’s five bands for $5 — can’t do much better than that.

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