• Every Monday is Open Mic night at Urbana’s infamous Canopy Club, and last week was the first time I was able to explore this weird and wonderful exposition of the talents of Urbana-Champaign musicmakers. An eclectic mix of artists performed at the event; rappers, guitarists, and singers of varying ability performed both covers and originals for an audience of friends and Canopy regulars. One of the most mesmerizing acts of the night was a wildly skilled young guitarist named Lenny […]

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  • The year was 2007. Food & Liquor, the debut album by Lupe Fiasco, had been bumping on every misfit skater kid’s iPod for the past year, and at this point I could probably sing along to “Kick, Push” in my sleep. This was the hottest hip-hop album of the year, featuring production by Jay-Z and Kanye West and it was already controversial, because of almost being canceled six months ahead of release due to being leaked online. It was the debut […]

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  • Last Tuesday, a hush settled over the crowd as Beats Antique prepared to open the Shadowbox in the Canopy Club. The crowd had already been primed by the musical stylings of Thriftworks and TOO MANY ZOOZ. Thriftworks is a versatile DJ-turned-break/dub producer and all-around weird guy, while TOO MANY ZOOZ are famous for playing 3-piece jazz in the New York Subway—both are highly recommended. As for Beats Antique, I’ve been lucky enough to see them perform at Canopy twice in […]

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  • Of late, our humble little college town has been getting some really big names blessing the stages of Canopy Club and other venues. When a big-font festival band like Portugal. the Man was announced at Canopy, I knew I had to witness their sold out show in all its’ glory live. Portugal. the Man has been making music since the mid 2000’s, but they really started making waves with their 2011 album In the Mountain in the Cloud and their […]

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  • For a Show Happening Around Springfield and Busey… If you are some enlightened, super in the know person who sniffs out the most underground shows with the highest production value available for the setting (a very challenging ratio to balance, to be sure), then you might have heard of Sofar Sounds: a curating group that organizes shows at secret venues in almost 300 cities around the world. If you’re like me, then you might not have heard about it… until […]

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