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The Overture: May 2-8

WHAT: The Helio Sequence, The Inn Keepers, GOGETUM

WHERE: The Accord ($13 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Monday, May 2nd at 8 p.m.

A Monday evening show at The Accord opens up the week of shows with The Helio Sequence, a band out of Oregon and members of Sub Pop Records. Their latest self-titled record came out last year, and they’re joined by a couple of locals — rock outfit The Inn Keepers, and an electro project called GOGETUM.


WHAT: Hobnob String Band, Rebecca Rego, Mike and Olivia, Claire Johnson + Matt Turino

WHERE: Red Herring ($10-20)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3rd at 6 p.m.

The Red Herring in Urbana is hosting their Spring Summer on Tuesday night, and alongside the grub, they will have tunes as well. Check out the Facebook event linked above for all the details.



WHAT: Guided By Voices, The Dirty Feathers

WHERE: The Accord ($25 advance/$30 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3rd at 8 p.m.

Prepare yourselves for a sweaty one: Guided By Voices is the project led by Robert Pollard — and they have a set of about 50 songs. No joke. Local garage rockers The Dirty Feathers open this one up.


WHAT: Jeremih, Kidd Kidd

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($21)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3rd at 10 p.m.

Last year, Jeremih’s much anticipated release Late Nights: The Album came out — and it is terrific R&B worth your time. It was one of the best albums to come out all of last year, and his stop at Canopy should be a good one.



WHAT: Kayla and the Moonlace Band, Slick Lisp, Total Disconnect

WHERE: The Accord ($7)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4th at 8 p.m.

A trio of local acts will play a mid-week show at The Accord for a handful of dollars, and they’re listed above. A good varation of rock and some other sounds mixed in for a few new faces you might not’ve seen before.


WHAT: Trapper, The Phantom Broadcast, Kississippi, Nick Rainey

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4th at 9 p.m.

This all-ages space will have a few bands playing on Wednesday night, including KC’s Trapper, locals The Phantom Broadcast and Nick Rainey, plus Philly’s Kississippi.


WHAT: Sun Stereo

WHERE: The Canopy Club (free)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 4th at 10 p.m.

Local staple Sun Stereo will perform as a promotional series for Summer Camp Music Festival, which is happening in just a few short weeks in Chillicothe. Good drink deals and good vibes.



WHAT: Nick & The Nailed Its, Tribe, 521Briar, Bristle, Slick Lisp, Cerebral Ghosts

WHERE: West Quad ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th at 3 p.m.

Jamesty 3 is what this show is being called, and it is acting as a benefit to support R.A.C.E.S. $5, and a handful of bands in a big ugly rectangle.



WHAT: The Good Life, Tim Kinsella, Single Player

WHERE: The Accord ($15 advance/$18 door)

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th at 9 p.m.

The Good Life is the project by Tim Kasher of Cursive, and they make their way back through C-U on Thursday evening. They’re joined by Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz), and local indie rock outfit Single Player. Find your favorites from Saddle Creek, turn them on this week in anticipation, and go see this one.


WHAT: B.o.B., Scotty ATL, London Jae, Truth AKA Trouble, Cub-J

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($26 advance/$31 door)

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th at 9 p.m.

The rapper B.o.B. is… an interesting fella. He was here last year for the Illinois Spring Jam, and he’s back — this time at Canopy Club on Thursday night.



WHAT: Cornbread, Mr. Midwest, Lumba Jack, Kool Krew

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($3)

WHEN: Thursday, May 5th at 10 p.m.

Sadly, this is the last hip hop show at Mike N Molly’s — one of many lasts since it will be closing soon.




WHAT: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, West of Staley

WHERE: Allerton Park ($5-10)

WHEN: Friday, May 6th at 6 p.m.

Allerton Park’s 2016 Kick Off Concert takes place this Friday evening and will feature the jazz combo West of Staley, and headlined by Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound. By the looks of it, this is a great opportunity for a family evening at Allerton.


WHAT: San Fermin, Elsinore, The Besnard Lakes, J Fernandez

WHERE: The Accord ($12 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Friday, May 6th at 7:30 p.m.

When it was initially announced — this bill was stacked enough with Elsinore, The Besnard Lakes, and J Fernandez. However, it bulked up a bit a few weeks back when San Fermin was added as the show’s headliner. Have a ball on a Friday night with these four, though remember — show starts at 7:30 p.m.


WHAT: Here Come The Mummies

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($20 advance/$25 door)

WHEN: Friday, May 6th at 8 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind — they make their return to C-U on Friday night at Canopy Club.


WHAT: Take Care, Earthholder, The Saturday Giant

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, May 6th at 9 p.m.

Post-rock outfit Take Care has been pretty active as of late, and they’re playing their final show at Mike N Molly’s on Friday night. Earthholder will release their new album at this show as well.


WHAT: Colony House, Table Talk, The Bashful Youngens

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($15)

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

Arunapalooza at Canopy Club will have Colony House as a headliner for this show, in which the profits will go towards the C-U Aruna Run to benefit the Aruna Project, a non-profit that battles human trafficking trade in Southeast Asia.


WHAT: Sponge, New Souls

WHERE: The City Center ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 8 p.m.

Alt-rock outfit Sponge hits the City Center with New Souls on Saturday evening, and they’re touring in support of their new record, Stop the Bleeding.



WHAT: Evil Tents, The Rutabega, Iska Dhaaf, Motes

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 9 p.m.

Evil Tents are reuniting as Heirship Records presents this bill on Saturday evening. They called it quits (sort of) a few years ago, but for the sake of MNMs closing, they’re going to give it a whirl this weekend. They’ll be joined by a few others, including locals Motes on the end there.

WHERE: Loose Cobra
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 9 p.m.
Travel out to Matt Talbott of HUM’s terrific Loose Cobra for some rock bands on Saturday night.
WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($7)
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 9 p.m.
Very awesome bill of bands on Saturday at Cowboy Monkey, headlined by Secret Colours. This is a stacked one.
WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)
WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 9 p.m.
DJs galore at I4C on Saturday night, with a showcase of sorts headlined by local staple DJ Belly.


WHAT: Sixth Street Brass Band, Tell Mama

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 p.m.

This is the late show on Saturday at Canopy Club with Sixth Street Brass.


WHAT: Local H

WHERE: The Accord ($20)

WHEN: Sunday, May 8th at 8 p.m.

Local H will be performing their staple record As Good As Dead (plus more) on Sunday night at The Accord. This comes with news that original Local H drummer, Joe Daniels, will join the current two-man line-up (frontman Scott Lucas and drummer Ryan Harding) for a spring tour to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album.

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