Smile Politely

The Overture: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

WHAT: Into It. Over It., Euriah, Ocean Glass

WHERE: The Highdive ($10 advance/$13 door)

WHEN: Monday, October 26th at 8:00 p.m.

Emotional rockers Into It. Over It. take to Highdive’s stage for a rare Monday nigh performance. Accompanied by Euriah and Ocean Glass, two of CU’s most buzzing bands of late, this show is sure to be a banger.


WHAT: Rae Sremmurd, Samkul, Nxffie

WHERE: Foellinger Auditorium ($26 student/$32 public)

WHEN: Monday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.

No flex…ZONE! In perhaps the most interesting pop culture phenomenon of recent memory, Rae Sremmurd has created a new form of hip-hop that has been controlling pop rap charts for a little while.


WHAT: Cash Cash, Tritonal, Gladiator, Jimmy P.

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($25 advance)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28nd at 8 p.m.

Cash Cash and Tritonal hit Canopy Club as part of their 2015 Untouchable Tour. They’re joined on stage by Gladiator and Jimmy P. in what is sure to be an incredibly exciting evening. We could all use a little more cash in our lives, right?


WHAT: The Gothsicles, The Dead Room, Angelspit

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7 advance, $10 doors/$7 with a costume)

WHEN: Thursday, October 29th at 7 p.m.

In perhaps the spookiest event happening all over town, The Gothsicles will be adding sound to the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, aptly re-naming it, Noiseferatu. Puns are something I’m down for, and I appreciate a funny one when I see it. 


WHAT: Twiddle + The Werks, Flaccid

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

WHEN: Thursday, October 29nd at 8 p.m.

Twiddle + The Werks are on tour right now, and naturally, their tour is named the “Twerk Tour,” which is bar-none the best name of a tour I’ve ever heard. Bloomington-Normal’s own Flaccid kick off the action – so make sure to get there early.


WHAT: Penny Horses/Waterfowl, Flamingo, Finer Feelings

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 8 p.m.

Last week, we detailed Penny Horses and Waterfowl’s album, which is due out on Friday. In support of that album, the bands are joining forces for an album release show that’s sure to be radical. Also providing support are Flamingo and Finer Feelings.


WHAT: Expressions Music and Art Showcase

WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity ($5)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 7 p.m.

This is perhaps the most exciting event in this week’s overture, simply because it is so unique for Champaign-Urbana. Per the Facebook event: “EXPRESSIONS is a new event showcasing multi-media art created by local underground talent with a shared theme of experimental and psychedelic expression. We plan to bring together sound & sight in a relaxed manner for a unified multi-sensory experience.”


WHAT: UI Wind Symphony

WHERE: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts ($10 public, $4 student)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 9:30 p.m.

From Krannert’s website: “A preeminent ensemble in the world, the UI Wind Symphony premieres new works, travels to national and international events, and sets the standard for band performance and training.” This Friday, that can be all yours. Why not, right?


WHAT: Resinater, Capys, Airacobra

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($7, $5 with a costume)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 9 p.m.

In what is probably the most apt Halloween show in town all weekend, Resinater bring their special brand of hard rock to Mike N Molly’s – and you get a discounted ticket with a costume!


WHAT: Peelander-Z, Bookmobile!, Teddy Bomber

WHERE: The Highdive ($10 advance, $13 door)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 8:30 p.m.

Peelander-Z are a sweet punk band from Japan. Bookmobile! are a sweet punk band from Champaign. Combine the two and you’ve got a very international lineup, which is precisely part of the reason Champaign-Urbana is so awesome.


WHAT: I’m Schmacked, Lost Kings

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($26)

WHEN: Friday, October 30th at 9 p.m.

I’m Schmacked kicks off their 2015 fall tour at The Canopy with a very special pre-halloween show. Just try not to get too schmacked, or Canopy Club security may have to step in.


WHAT: Sun Stereo, Bones Jugs N Harmony

WHERE: The Highdive ($10)

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st at 8 p.m.

Two of Champaign-Urbana’s most massive bands connect for a Halloween night that is sure to be more fun than scary. A costume contest will follow the music, so you can (and should) absolutely dress up to celebrate.


WHAT: Los Guapos (Night of the Living Dead live-scoring), Nick Brannock

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5/$3 with a costume)

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st at 10 p.m.

Though most would go for a typical Halloween show, Los Guapos are doing something very different – downstairs at Mike N Molly’s, they will be live-scoring Night of the Living Dead. DJ John Hoeffleur to follow.


WHAT: Hit It Run: Halloween Edition (DJ Kosmo, DJ LegTwo, DJ Delayney, DJ Belly)

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st at 9 p.m.

Some of the best DJs in Champaign-Urbana assemble for a Halloween banger at Cowboy Monkey – and yes, there will be costume contests and prizes.



WHAT: Lonely Trailer, The Acme Principle, Kenna Mae

WHERE: The Loose Cobra (Free)

WHEN: Saturday, October 31st at 9 p.m.

For a bit of an alternative Halloween party, head out to Tolono to check out some of C-U’s finest musicians at The Loose Cobra. Just imagine all the Lone Star to be had – it’s magical.

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