The C-U Scene Roundup gathers some of the latest news surrounding the Champaign-Urbana music scene and shares them for you all in one place. There’s a lot of news and only some of us at Ghost Track, so we decided this is the best way to bring you everything we can at once.
Kowabunga! Kid Tour
Champaign-based punk trio Kowabunga! Kid will hit the road on a two-week West Coast tour starting next week. The band recently released its debut album Wasting My Time last week and will kick off the tour at The Accord next Friday night. You’ll also be able to catch them in Chicago on July 9 at Subterranean’s Downstairs.
Pygmalion Announced 2016 Lineup
The Pygmalion Festival announced its 2016 lineup last week, setting up what should be a great weekend of live music in CU. Future Islands, Vince Staples, and Wolf Parade will headline this year’s fest, while there’s a lot of great surprises up and down the list of bands playing. Former CU band Poster Children will reunite while Canadian indie band Alvvays is sure to be one of the best sets of the festival.
Downtown Champaign Bars Can Now Host All-Ages (14+) Events
The Champaign City Council approved a revision to a municipal code last month to allow for all-ages shows at downtown Champaign bars and restaurants with class “A” (bar), “AP” (bar with package sales), or “R” (restaurant) licenses. This means that with the proper procedures and licensing, downtown venues like The Accord and Cowboy Monkey could host shows allowing attendees in as low as 14 years old under limited circumstances.
Whether or not these venues will ever host events like this, given all the factors involved, is another story. As of late May, no venue holding an “A,” “AP,” or “R” license had applied for the MV Rider, which gives venues the ability to host these types of events.
“Mayor Feinen had been contacted by some local licensees and teens promoting live music events to request that the City Council consider adding this to the code,” council member Matthew Gladney told Ghost Track. “Based on the input of citizens who spoke in support of this at the Council meeting, the goal is to offer more opportunities for young people to experience and develop an appreciation for live music.”
Snayl Releases Debut Album
Local ambient artist Snayl released his debut album earlier this week. It was also announced that the artist would be performing at this year’s Pygmalion Music Fest coming up in late September.
Old Fox Road is Out on Tour
Champaign-Urbana folk punk band Old Fox Road is currently also out on a West Coast tour. There’s no C-U dates on the tour, but if you find yourself out West and itching for a taste of home, check out the dates on their Facebook page.
Euriah Sets Date for Release Show
Urbana-based emo band Euriah announced earlier this month that they were gearing up for the release of their sophmore album, Passenger. The band officially announced that they’ll release the record with an August 20 show that features Terra Tara, Grandkids, and The Inn Keepers.
Styx and Cheap Trick are Playing Memorial Stadium
Kurt Bielema Announces Double-Album Release
Local singer-songwriter Kurt Bielema will release two debut albums later this year, via Heirship Records. The label announced that Bielema was signing on for the double-album release after writing and recording the records over the last three years.
From Heirship Records: “The kinetic and layered Typeset is a welcome combination of folk and indie rock. Slide guitar, ambient swells, and a solid rhythm section bolster and ornament songs that are, at their core, both personal and whimsical. As such, Heirship Records is proud to release alongside Bielema’s debut Letterpressed—a bare-bones mix of the artist’s live performance of the songs, just the vocals and acoustic guitar from theTypeset recording sessions.”
Discoverer to Release Debut Album Next Week
Local singer-songwriters Discoverer will release their debut album next Friday. Ghost Track will have a stream for you ahead of time. You can also catch the acoustic act at Library House in Urbana that Friday to celebrate the release.
Library House Announces Summer Shows
Isaac Arms’ DIY venue Library House announced its initial slate of shows for this summer, but released an update of the list earlier this week:
(All shows start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
MONDAY June 13
SNAYL Record Release Party w/ Ambersmoke (California), and Rest You Sleeping Giant (Bloomington, IN)
MONDAY June 20
CJ BOYD w/ Bryce Hays, and ARTHUR
FRIDAY June 24
DISCOVERER Record Release Party w/ Warren Franklin (of Joie de Vivre), Colonel (Chicago), and Emily Blue
TUESDAY June 28
ISAAC ARMS w/ Jr. Adelberg (CA) + Pigeon Pit (Seattle) + Elliott Sky Case (CA), and Saskia Bakker
WEDNESDAY July 6
REBECCA REGO & THE TRAINMEN w/ Daniel Amedee & Gold Light (NOLA), and Jake Stanton (NOLA)
SATURDAY July 16 // Show @ 1:00 PM :: Families + Children Welcome
PARENTS’ SHOW featuring Ryan Groff, Kittens Incorporated, Kurt Bielema, and More
TUESDAY July 19
DR RESPONSIBLE w/ Asumaya (Madison, WI), and GOGETUM
WEDNESDAY July 27
CHRISTOPHER THE CONQUERED w/ Xuxa Rodriguez
SUNDAY July 31
PLANNING FOR BURIAL w/ DROOL (Chicago), and Bath Naps
WEDNESDAY August 3
TBD w/ Pupppy (NYC) + Thelma (NYC) w/ Kamila Glowacki
(No Facebook event yet)
TUESDAY August 9
TBA w/ Bobby Meader Music (Las Vegas), and TBD
FRIDAY August 19
THE FIGHTS (Acoustic) w/ Adam Remnant (Athens, OH) and Magick John’s Son
SUNDAY August 28
SUPER FAMICOM w/ Charlie Darling (Grand Rapids, MI), and Love Handles
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