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The Overture: September 22-28

WHAT: Kenna Reiss, Bob Watson

WHERE: The Iron Post (cover)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m.

Kenna Reiss is performing another solo show this week, as she was a part of the solo showcase at Mike ‘N Molly’s last week. She’s in Mae & the Dark Days as well. She’ll be joined by Bob Watson for this show at the Iron Post.


WHAT: Jantsen & Dirt Monkey, Kyral x Banko

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($10 advance/$13 door)

WHEN: Tuesday, September 23rd at 9 p.m.

Colorado’s Jantsen is joined by another DJ, Dirt Monky, for this show at Canopy Club. They’re on tour together — their Bounce City Tour.

WHAT: Porter Robinson, Giraffage, Lemaitre

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($30 advance/$35 door)

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 24th at 9 p.m.

Another producer, Porter Robinson, is performing at Canopy Club the night after the Jantsen show. He’s performing leading up to the release of his new record, Worlds.

Various venues in Champaign-Urbana — Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th (ticket prices vary)

It is that time of the year again: Christmas in September. The Pygmalion Festival is back, celebrating year 10 in 2014. We have a whole week of coverage planned for you, but if you are living under a rock or something, you should look at the lineup. CHVRCHES, American Football, Panda Bear, Tycho, Real Estate, Deafheaven, Sun Kil Moon, and dozens more. Plus, the Lit Fest component will be in full swing throughout, as well as the Made Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Grab your festival passes before they’re gone. Check out the schedule and the festival guide. Prepare yourselves.

WHAT: Ab-Soul, BAS, Earthgang, Frank Leone

WHERE: The Canopy Club ($20 advance/$23 door)

WHEN: Thursday, September 25th at 9 p.m.

Ab-Soul is an excellent hip-hop artist, and he’s coming through on Thursday to Canopy Club. His new record, These Days…, is out, and if you haven’t done so, check out his record from a couple of years ago as well called Control System.

WHAT: James Jones Trio, The Future Laureates, The Ars Nova

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Thursday, September 25th at 9 p.m.

Rock outfit James Jones Trio will take on Cowboy Monkey this week with a couple of others. The Future Laureates and locals The Ars Nova join.


WHAT: Beat Kitchen, Abnormous

WHERE: Mike ‘N Molly’s ($7)

WHEN: Friday, September 26th at 9 p.m.

Beat Kitchen is a funk/soul outfit from C-U, and they’re a nine-piece, so there’s plenty of people involved in this production.

WHAT: Kevin Valentine

WHERE: Cowboy Monkey ($5)

WHEN: Friday, September 26th at 10 p.m.

Nashville pop/R&B artist Kevin Valentine will perform at Cowboy Monkey on Friday night. Though there aren’t many details on who else will be performing, I’ll be sure to update it if I get more details.

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