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The Overture: May 26-31

WHAT: We The Heathens, Old Fox Road, Rotter

WHERE: Thee DeathTower ($5)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 26th, 9 p.m.

Check out We The Heathens at Thee DeathTower—folk punk made in Wisconsin by some crusties.


WHAT: Growing Cold, Wanderer, Rotter, Downers Groove

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th, 7 p.m.

Midwestern metal/blackened hardcore plus locals Rotter and Downer’s Groove, who’ll lighten up the lineup.


WHAT: Aurelio Voltaire, Ego Likeness, DJ Rasclin

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($15)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th, doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

New York-based Dark Cabaret artist Aurelio Voltaire stops by Mike N Molly’s this Wednesday on his tour with Ego Likeness. Goths and normies alike are welcome…I think.


WHAT: Battle of the Bands 2015 Winners

WHERE: The Iron Post

WHEN: Thursday, May 28th, 6 p.m.

C-U Battle of the Bands 2015 winners Jam, Flaming Churros and West of Staley will play.


Mike N Molly’s ($5) — Thursday, May 28th, doors at 8 p.m.

Ambient pop/techno/trip hop would sound so cool in the Mike N Molly’s beergarden. Unwind and space out on a Thursday night.


WHAT: Friday Night Live Kickoff

WHERE: Downtown Champaign (free)

WHEN: Friday, May 29th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

It’s kickoff time for the weekly Friday Night Live concert series in DT Champaign. Check the Facebook page for more info on exact locations and bands.

WHAT: Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen, Daniel and the Lion, Waterfowl, Kenna Mae

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, May 29th, doors at 8 p.m.

Local country-folk band Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen with Nashville’s Daniel and the Lion locals Waterfowl and Kenna Mae.


WHAT: Decadents, Time Zone

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, May 29th, 9 p.m.

Cowboy Monkey hosts a hard rock and roll show with locals Decadents and Time Zone. Decadents will have a new bass player performing the second half of the show, according to Facebook.


WHAT: Crazy Johnny Band

WHERE: Memphis On Main

WHEN: Friday, May 29th, 9:30 p.m.

Savoy blues rock band led by a man named Crazy Johnny.


WHAT: Homer Soda Fest

WHERE: Downtown Homer, Ill.

WHEN: Saturday, May 30th, 10 a.m.

Americana bands play all day at Homer Soda Fest, to compliment the soda tasting and car show. Check out the lineup here.


WHAT: Snail Inhalers, Whales to Wolves, Rocket Mouth

WHERE: Exile On Main Street

WHEN: Saturday, May 30th, 3 p.m.

Lonely Trailer offshoot band Snail Inhalers is joined by two local high school bands on the Exile On Main stage.


WHAT: Phil Lee

WHERE: Sandwich Life House Concerts ($20 recommended donation)

WHEN: Saturday, May 30th, 6 p.m.

This show is going to be a special one—with a potluck and tarot card reading preceding the actual Phil Lee performance. Seems like a message-for-address situation of you’re interested in attending.


WHAT: Pet Roxx

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s (free)

WHEN: Saturday, May 30th, 9 p.m.

70s and 80s cover band Pet Roxx is playing the hits at a free show.


WHAT: DJ Belly

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey

WHEN: Saturday, May 30th, 10 p.m.

See what DJ Belly has in store for this Saturday at Cowboy Monkey.


WHAT: Pop Up Graffiti Session, DJ Wesjile, TBA

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s

WHEN: Sunday, May 31st, 5 p.m.

Rescheduled live graffiti session outside at Mike N Molly’s with live DJs.


WHAT: Choppa Clique with Steelo, Ztarve, Ghost, II Intentionz, Sleepa Man, Kevin Cory, Justo and Red Moon

WHERE: Canopy Club ($7)

WHEN: Sunday, May 31st, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

According to their Facebook page, Choppa Clique makes a fast-paced Midwestern style of hip hop music called “Chopper rap.”

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