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The Overture: May 4-10

The HighDive ($12)Monday, May 4th, doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

Fresh off the release of their second full-length album Foil Deer, full of more raw, 90s-influenced slightly scuzzy rock, Speedy Ortiz are making their way back to C-U.



WHAT: Comas

WHERE: The Upper Bout ($20, $10 students and seniors)

WHEN: Monday, May 4th, 8 p.m.

Comas is the Gaelic word for “power,” so appropriately, Comas is a modern band that plays distinctly Irish music.



WHERE: Canopy Club ($25 Advance, $28 door)

WHEN: Tuesday May 5th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Electronic artist and master of remixes SoMo will be at Canopy on Tuesday.


WHAT: Bones Jugs N Harmony, Church Booty, Flaccid

WHERE: Canopy Club ($3)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6th, doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m.

This is the grand finale of Summer Camp Wednesdays at Canopy Club. If you’ve attended every Wednesday leading up to this on, you receive a free ticket to the fest. If not, you can come get some free pizza anyway.


WHAT: Feral States, Miniboone, The Phantom Broadcast

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, May 8th, doors at 9 p.m.

Many members of local band Feral States are involved in other projects around town but you don’t see them playing together all too often—now’s your chance to catch them.


WHAT: The O’My’s, Zaramela, Woo Park

WHERE: Canopy Club ($7)

WHEN: Friday, May 8th, 9 p.m.

Three bands bursting with powerful soul-fusion are heading down from Chicago to “Woo” Urbana.


WHAT: Buzz Presents Sound of C-U: T.R.U.T.H., Withershins, Resinater

WHERE: Cowboy-Monkey

WHEN: Friday, May 8th

Wondering what C-U sounds like? Sounds like you should check out this show: rapper T.R.U.T.H., space rock band Withershins and Resinater (you can guess what kind of music they make) showcase local music.


WHAT: Fred Eaglesmith with special guest Tif Ginn

WHERE: The Rose Bowl ($20 advance, $25 door)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 3 p.m.

Whether you consider yourself a “Fred Head” or not, you can still enjoy the country-rock artist on his solo tour this weekend for a “Mother’s Day-Eve Matinee.”


WHAT: Promise Healthcare Presents: DJ Slot-A Night of Disco

WHERE: Indi Go Artist Co-op (donations accepted)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 6 p.m.

Although there’s no cover charge for this show, “proceeds will provide medical, behavioral, and dental care to those in our community that might otherwise go without.”


WHAT: Performance with Class

WHERE: The Upper Bout ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, 7:30 p.m.

The Upper Bout will host a recital and lecture about the history of classical guitar from the Spanish Renaissance through today.


WHAT: C.J. Boyd, Jarrel Young with Misfit Music, Flamingo, Marathon

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Solo bass looper C.J. Boyd is heading back through town on his non-stop tour, joined by Flamingo, Marathon and Jarrel Young, performing with his live band Misfit Music.


WHAT: Thin Gin, Pageant, Finer Feelings

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Saturday, May 9th, doors at 9 p.m.

Alternative folk night at Mike N Molly’s with three bands who will sound great together — Pageant from Nashville and locals Thing Gin and Finer Feelings.


WHAT: Pert’ Near Sandstone, The Curses

WHERE: Cowboy-Monkey

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

Hear some Bluegrass at Cowboy-Monkey courtesy of Pert’ Near Sandstone, with local support from The Curses.

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