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The Overture: October 5-11

WHAT: Cub-J, Upside, Swill The Will, Thy Neighbors, Slew and Sir Collins

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Wednesday night hip-hop at the Canopy welcomes Cub-J for the release of The Trip Tape, Cub’s newest project.


WHAT: Kittens, Incorporated, Christopher the Conquered

WHERE: Library House (donations)

WHEN: Thursday, October 8th, 8 p.m.

It wouldn’t be Urbana without some kickin’ house shows, and this Thursday, Library house has another ready for you.


WHAT: Old Shoe, Chicago Farmer, Cody Lee

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8 advance, $10 door)

WHEN: Thursday, October 8th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

With a name like “Old Shoe,” you can’t go wrong. Enough said.


WHAT: Way Down Wanderers, Edward David Anderson, The Fights

WHERE: Canopy Club ($8 advance, $10 door)

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

Way Down Wanderers have been blowing up lately, building a massive following in Central Illinois. Now, the kids are back for their tour kickoff at Canopy Club.


WHAT: C-U Jazz Festival

WHERE: I4C, Pizza M, The Iron Post

WHEN: Friday, October 9th-Saturday October 10th

The inaugural C-U Jazz Festival is a two-day, multi-venue festival that seeks to showcase all of the jazz that Champaign-Urbana has to offer, and boy, there’s a lot. Find the full schedule in the link above.


WHAT: Roberta Sparrow, Dirty Rotten Revenge, Teddy Bomber

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

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

Whenver punk rockers Roberta Sparrow hit Mike N Molly’s, it’s sure to be a great time – I’ve seen these guys there 3 times and they never, ever disappoint.


WHAT: Cursive, Withershins, Looming

WHERE: The Highdive ($15)

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, 7 p.m.

After the festival’s over, The Pygmalion Show Series just keeps going, and this weekend’s installment includes emo rockers Cursive, from Omaha, Nebraska. With shoegazey local heavy-hitters Withershins and Springfield-based Looming opening, this show is sure to send reverberations throughout Champaign-Urbana.


WHAT: 50 Year Storm, Hush, Heel Turn, Colonel

WHERE: Dingbat Dungeon ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, 7 p.m.

This will be 50 Year Storm’s last show, though it is comprised of members of Roberta Sparrow, Heel Turn and Vice Dolls. If you’re into more Urbana house shows, this one’s definitely for you.


WHAT: Manic Focus, ProbCause, Krucial

WHERE: Canopy Club ($15)

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

ProbCause provides an injection of live hip-hop into an otherwise EDM-focused endeavor.


WHAT: Snail Inhalers, The Complaint Line, Bristle

WHERE: Mike N Molly’s ($5)

WHEN: Saturday, October 10th, doors at 9 p.m.

Definitely the best band name in this week’s Overture goes to Snail Inhalers. Second place goes to bristle’s old name: Simple Biscuit People.

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