Smile Politely

The Overture: November 10-16

WHAT: Twiddle, Mister F

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($5 advance/$10 door)

WHEN: Monday, November 10th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Twiddle serve up Reggae/rock/bluegrass/folk fusion for your Monday night at Canopy Club.

WHAT: Our Lady, Bad Catman, Single Player, Old Fox Road

WHERE: Thee DeathTower ($5)

WHEN: Monday, November 10th, 8:30 p.m.

Springfield mainstays Our Lady are rounding out their tour with a stop at Thee DeathTower, giving Champaign the opportunity to indulge in some emotion-packed hardcore.


WHAT: Carnage, Dzeko & Torres, Paris Blohm

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

WHEN: Tuesday, November11th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

This show includes a free shuttle from the pregame at Red Lion to the show at Canopy Club.


WHAT: K Theory, Kyral x Banko, Dirty Di$co and Krucial

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance/$14 door)

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Dubstep, hip-hop, rap… come here if you wanna dance, I guess.


WHAT: Desert Dwellers, Psydell

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance, $12 door)

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Desert Dwellers realized hippies like both yoga and EDM and figured, why not at the same time?


WHAT: J-Phlip, Autostep, DJ Belly

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($12)

WHEN: Thursday, November 13th, 10 p.m.

J-Phlip is a professional DJ, emphasis on “professional.” She’s from Champaign, so naturally Cowboy Monkey is a stop on her months-long “Everybody On The Floor” tour which takes her across the continent and over the pond to Europe.

WHAT: The Steepwater Band, James Jones Trio

WHERE: The Highdive ($10)

WHEN: Friday, November 14th, doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m.

Masters of blues rock The Steepwater Band have been honing their craft since forming in Chicago in 1998, so I’d be surprised if they put on a bad show.

WHAT: Mansions on the Moon, No Limits, Save The Clocktower

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($12 advance/$15 door)

WHEN: Friday, November 14, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Chill indie electro-pop in the vein of Miniature Tigers.

WHAT: The Marathon Guitarkestra, The Tasers, Bonzo Madrid, Discoverer

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, November 14th, doors at 8 p.m.

A “Guitarkestra” is probably exactly what you think it is, that is if you’re thinking it’s at least six guitars and at least two drummers building off each other into a face-melting crescendo.

WHAT: Outbound Drive

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, November 14th, 10 p.m.

It’s country-rock night at Cowboy Monkey.

WHAT: Reggae Party – Fall 2014

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance/ TBA door)

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, doors at 10 p.m., show at 10:30 p.m.

I see this thing happening at Canopy Club every year and it always looks kinda fun but I can never convince a friend to come with me. Here’s to hoping you, dear reader, can. Student ID required.


WHAT: Nadafinga, Missing the Point

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, 9 p.m.

“Party like it’s 2004 all over again” for $5.


WHAT: The Life and Times, The Dirty Feathers, Wicked Walls

WHERE: The Highdive ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

The Life And Times are touring on Lost Bees, their excellent latest album released in August. Perfectly fuzzy alternative shoegaze makes it way to The Highdive on Saturday.


WHAT: Nectar, Wir Können, Krelboyne, Downer’s Groove

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon (free)

WHEN: Saturday, November 15th, 7 p.m.

This free show is a good chance to check out locals Nectar if you haven’t yet, and hear some songs not yet recorded, that didn’t appear on the band’s debut tape.


WHAT: Circa Survive, Title Fight, That’s No Moon

WHERE: The Highdive ($20 advance/$23 door)

WHEN: Sunday, November 16th, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.

Circa Survive helped define “alternative” in the mid-2000s, and they’ve got a new album called Descensus as well. Title Fight have a similar story — a 2000s pop-punk band on their successful victory lap.

Error Records ($10) — Friday, November 14th at 8 p.m.

The ski-mask wearing, joke cracking, Blue, Green, Yellow and Red who make up Masked Intruder are a bunch of goofballs but play some very decent power pop that can force a smile out of the most clenched lips. An intimate show in the Error Records basement should be loads of fun. The supporting lineup of Springfield’s The Timmys and locals Roberta Sparrow and Gnargoyle is worth the $10 admission itself.

WHAT: RL Grime, Branchez, Tommy Kruise

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($20/$25 advance/$30 door)

WHEN: Sunday, November 16th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Trap producer RL Grime, AKA Clockwork, is the finale for a busy week of EDM at Canopy Club.

WHAT: We The Animals, Thomas Nicholas Band, Fast Astronaut

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Sunday, November 16th, doors at 8 p.m.

We The Animals are locals who play chill, celestially twinkly rock. Thomas Nicholas is better known for acting in films like American Pie, but he’s going to be playing music at Mike ‘N Molly’s.

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