Here are some shows to check out around the Champaign-Urbana area in the month of May:
Ghost Track Featured Show
9:30 p.m. | $5 | Friday, May 8
Buzz Magazine is throwing its second annual “Sound of CU” festival, which had two parts this year. The second date, it’s “headlining date,” if you will, includes performances from rapper T.R.U.T.H, shoegaze band Withershins, and stoner-rock group Resinater. The show is just $5 and features a wide-variety from the CU music scene. It will also feature a surprise opener, chosen by voters online. The announcement on who that act will be has still not been made, but if you’re at the show you’ll end up finding out.
Institute 4 Creativity
8:30 p.m. | $5 | Saturday, May 9
CJ Boyd has been on a consecutive tour for over six years now. His latest stop comes in downtown Champaign, where the ambient artist will perform with CU’s Marathon, who has arguably been the band with some of the most momentum in the past couple of months. The Marathon Guitarkestra has been blowing out rooms with an impressive volume since debuting as a nine-piece band last year, and they’ve been riding high off the momentum created by their Kickstarter project to release their 35-minute drone piece on vinyl.
6:30 p.m. | $10 in advance | Saturday, May 23
The Pygmalion Show Series connects with Urbana shop Error Records to bring psychedelic metal band The Atlas Moth to CU. The Chicago natives will join CU’s Resinater, who works to perfect the art of stoner rock at its fullest capacity, even selling rolling papers as merch. It will be interesting to see the turnout for this show, with the University of Illinois population mostly leaving town after the spring semester lets out in mid-May and with the local crowd torn between this show and Motes’ record release show at Mike N Molly’s in downtown Champaign.
Mike N Molly’s
9 p.m. | $7 | Saturday, May 23
The CU shoegaze pop band will finally release their long-awaited debut LP at Mike N Molly’s on Saturday, May 23. The album, Keep It in the Dark, has been in the making for well over a year now, with two singles drizzling out from the hype over the past few months. The three-piece band will debut their record alongside performances by CU’s Withershins and Milwaukee’s Blue Unit.