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The Overture: January 28–February 3

WHAT: Kowabunga! Kid, Sleepyhead, Uncle Sham

WHERE: Red Herring ($3)

WHEN: Monday, January 28th at 10 p.m.

There haven’t been many noteworthy Monday night shows in C-U in recent memory, but skuzz rockers Kowabunga! Kid headline this one at Red Herring. Minnesota’s Sleepyhead plays touring band for this bill, with locals Uncle Shame (formerly Panel Van/Rusalka). Check out K!K’s “Earwax” below.

[[mp3 kowabunga_kid_earwax]]


WHAT: Jack Johnson, Emily Otnes, Matthew Croisant

WHERE: The Clark Bar (free)

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29th at 7 p.m.

The Clark Bar series closes out its January set of shows with this trio this week. These are usually the first show of the week, but not this time around. Check out Emily Otne’s “Bare Feet” below to prepare.

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WHAT: Indigo Sun, Sonny Stubble, The Beeson Brothers

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($7)

WHEN: Thursday, January 31st at  9:30 p.m.

Jazz-infused pop outfit Indigo Sun comes through from their hometown of Chicago. They’re on tour around the Midwest and stop through at Canopy Club this week with a couple locals, Sonny Stubble and The Beeson Brothers. You can stream the first track off of their most recent record, Behind Closed Eyes, called “The Radiance Within” below.

[[mp3 indigo_sun_the_radiance_within]]


WHAT: Goblin Colors, Suns, Shadows on a River

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, February 1st at 8 p.m.

Chicago’s Suns released their most recent album, When We Were Us, last June and have a few dates around the Midwest before they head down to South By Southwest. They have a pretty cool Tumbrl/Instragram feed to check out, documenting their time on the road. You can check out one of the tracks from that recent record, “Strangeland” below. Joining are locals Goblin Colors and Shadows on a River.


[[mp3 suns_strangeland]]


WHAT: Matt Poss Band, High Low Drifters

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)

WHEN: Friday, February 1st at 9 p.m.

Alt-country rock outfit Matt Poss Band is joined by High Low Drifters to close out the week at Cowboy Monkey. Not sure what to make of their tagline “Sounds like Country, Feels Like Rock, Tastes Like Chicken,” but it means something, I guess. They’ll venture up to C-U from their hometown of Effingham too, as January ends and February begins.


Mike ‘N Molly’s ($7) — Saturday, February 2nd at  8 p.m.

This week’s editor’s pick is a band that C-U got to see not too long ago as they stopped into town to play Pygmalion back in September. They’ll get another chance to show us what they’re made of as they play downtown Champaign this time instead of the Channing-Murray for last year’s festival. 

They just released a new EP not too long ago, and you can check out one of the new tracks below called “Analysis Paralysis.” More of this is to come as the band is preparing their new record, Safe Without Sound, for its release. Joining the crew are locals That’s No Moon and I am God. Good stuff going down at Mike ‘N Molly’s Saturday night.

[[mp3 so_many_dynamos_analysis_paralysis]]


WHAT: Hemmingbirds, The Please Please Me, Cobalt & the Hired Guns

WHERE: Memphis on Main ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd at 10 p.m.

A good show booked at Memphis on Main this weekend. Indie rock outfit Hemmingbirds and fellow Chicagoans Cobalt & The Hired Guns are joined by Texas band The Please Please Me. Solid bill all around. If you haven’t heard Hemmingbirds’ new record, The Vines of Age, do yourself a favor and spin it. You can stream the entire record here, or listen to one of the tracks, “Heart Attack,” below.

[[mp3 hemmingbirds_heart_attack]]


WHAT: Ricky Wells, Ocaton, Tornado

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($TBA)

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd at 10 p.m.

The Deep End Series comes around again after their show back in October at Cowboy Monkey. You can check out some of Ricky Wells’ material over at his Mixcloud page, and keep your eyes peeled for our look closer into this bill later on in the week. The previous artwork for the last show is pictured here, but don’t be confused about the bill, which includes Ricky Wells, Ocaton, and Tornado. 

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