Smile Politely

The Overture: February 16-22

WHAT: DATSIK, Kenedy Jones, Trolley Statcha

WHERE: Canopy Club ($21 advance, $25 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, February 18th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Datsik is a Canadian dubstep producer, and really a dubstep producer’s dubstep producer. Did I mention he produces dubstep?


WHAT: Solo Showcase featuring Todd Reese, Tariq Shihadah,Christopher Keckler, Daniel Francis Buhr and Rachael Wilson

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, February 19th, doors at 8 p.m.

Members of Lonely Trailer, Thin Gin, In Heat and others will do intimate performances at this month’s solo showcase.

WHAT: Lettuce, Break Science

WHERE: Canopy Club ($17 advance, $20 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February  19th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Get down to the Canopy Club on Thursday to get down to veteran funk band Lettuce.

WHAT: Houndmouth, Twin Limb

WHERE: The Highdive ($12 advance, $15 door)

WHEN: Thursday, February 19th, doors at 8:30

Houndmouth play twangy indie in the vein of Real Estate but with more zest. Twin Limb are on the chiller side of that indie spectrum.


WHAT: Souls, Life Exposed, Loses The Mighty, Wasting Away

WHERE: Error Records ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 20th, 7 p.m.

Hardcore/metal/doom/thrash—between South Dakota’s Souls, Chicago’s Life Exposed and Loses The Mighty and Wasting Away, there are so many heavy adjectives to describe this lineup.


The Highdive ($12 advance, $15 door) — Friday, February 20th, doors at 7 p.m.

PHOX stole C-U’s collective heart nearly two years ago at a stunning “Mid By Midwest” performance, and are returning bigger and better than ever — this time headlining the Highdive. If you want to see indie pop done right, check this show out.

WHAT: Euriah, Estates, Empty Isle

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 20th, doors at 9 p.m.

Remember last year when we decided there was no emo revival because emo never left? These three new Midwestern emo bands are testament to that.


WHAT: Radradriot, Dino Bravo, Heel Turn, Hermit Hill

WHERE: Thee DeathTower ($5)

WHEN: Friday, February 20th, 9 p.m.

Little Rock, Ark. melodic lo-fi punk two-piece Radradriot, local wrestle rock two-piece Dino Bravo, black metal via Hermit Hill and new local band Heel Turn descend on Thee Deathtower on Friday.

WHAT: Kick Cancer in the Ass

WHERE: The Highdive (no cover)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 4 p.m to 8 p.m.

This will be a benefit show featuring Coco Butter Kids, DJ Stifler, Roberta Sparrow, DJ Tim Williams, DJ Delayney, and Mike & Kayla, along with a silent auction and raffle.


WHAT: Kowabunga! Kid, Broken Prayer, Military Police, Bullnettle

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 7 p.m.

Fluttery shoegazers Military Police and synth-infused hardcore punks Broken Prayer are coming down from Chicago for the (unfortunately) rare occasion of playing with local punk pop band Kowabunga! Kid as well as (also local) Bullnettle.

WHAT: Here Come The Mummies, The Delta Kings

WHERE: Canopy Club ($20 advance/$23 door)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

A bunch of session musicians decided to disguise themselves as mummies and write some funky jams. They’re called Here Come The Mummies.

WHAT: Mardi Gras at the Speakeasy

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, doors at 8 p.m.

Carnivale Debauche headlines this speakeasy-themed Archaeology Student Society fundraising event.


WHAT: Discoverer, The Inn Keepers, The Bonobo Alliance, The Tomblands

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 8 p.m.

Discoverer is sleepy and acoustic, but The Tomblands play upbeat surfy tunes. This show won’t make you choose.


WHAT: The Cristin Colvin Quartet

WHERE: Pizza M ($4 suggested donation)

WHEN: Saturday, February 21st, 9 p.m.

The Facebook event for this piano-bass-drums-voice quartet advertises: “standards and ballads, maybe a samba.”


WHAT: Workshop & Performance by Lotte Anker & Fred Lonberg-Holm with Jason Finkelma/Ben Wheeler

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($20/$15 student for workshop, $10/$5 student for performance)

WHEN: Sunday, February 22nd, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Learn improvisation then witness it. Click the link for more details.


WHAT: Rachel Ries, Cpt. Captain, Cole Rabenort (of the Fights)

WHERE: Flying Machine Coffee ($5 suggested donation)

WHEN: Sunday, February 22nd, 7 p.m.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of Rachel Ries and the soothing smells of coffee and pizza. Country music never tasted so good.

WHAT: Bookmobile!, Bad Catman

WHERE: The Loose Cobra

WHEN: Sunday, February 22nd at 9 p.m.

A couple of C-U garage/punk bands head down to Tolono for a show at the Loose Cobra. Apparently, they’re going to be recording the show at releasing it as Live at the Loose Cobra sometime down the road.

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