Welcome to Urbana Poppin' Champaign, Your Premier Urban Channel. UPC was established in May 2010 with a focus on introducing new music to the masses in hopes of creating a better bond between deserving artists and fans. We still believe in that statement, however, in addition to staying true to our roots with a steady flow of music, we now offer our readers the latest in style, art, and much more.
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Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Contest: Win Tickets to Flatbush Zombies & A$AP Twelvyy in Urbana, IL on 4/3

Brooklyn-based rap collective Flatbush Zombies will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Sunday, April 3rd. Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Erick Arc Elliot have built a strong following over the years thanks to their lyrical abilities and progressive instrumentals. In case you’re still snoozin’, head over to iTunes and cop the trio’s latest...
UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

UPC Presents: 2016 March Madness Pool

Yessir, it’s that time of the year again! Mid-March is upon us, and that means one thing: the NCAA Tournament is back. Even though our beloved Fighting Illini didn’t make the 68-team field, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. Reason number one? The team here at UPC will be running its third...
Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans Collegiate Shoe Design Competition

Vans is on the hunt for the University of Illinois’ best artists, creatives, designers, and sneaker heads. UIUC has been selected as one of the schools to participate in Vans’ Collegiate Shoe Design Competition. Interested? All you have to do is e-mail a picture of your own original artwork or graphic design to the e-mail address vans@neatoagency.com by tomorrow...
Contest: Win Tickets to The Internet in Urbana, IL on 10/1

Contest: Win Tickets to The Internet in Urbana, IL on 10/1

LA soul band The Internet will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, October 1st.  Consisting of Odd Future members Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians, among fellow Los Angeles artists, The Internet has carved its own sound/style. Coming off a successful third studio album, Ego Death, they are poised to put their...
Contest: Win Tickets to Lil Dicky in Urbana, IL on 4/11

Contest: Win Tickets to Lil Dicky in Urbana, IL on 4/11

Lil Dicky will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Saturday, April 11th. Also joining him that evening will be Evan Nash and D Webb. Lil Dicky has garnered attention for his hilarious videos and infectious flow. If you haven’t heard much of Dicky, check out songs like “Lemme Freak” and “Too High.”...
Contest: Win Tickets to XXYYXX in Urbana, IL on 4/9

Contest: Win Tickets to XXYYXX in Urbana, IL on 4/9

XXYYXX will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, April 9th. Also joining him that evening will be Forrest Bump and Autostep. XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, FL’s 19 year old producer, Marcel Everett. Marcel works out of his bedroom creating harmonious music that provokes emotion and transmits vivid images of peace...
Contest: Win Tickets to Lil Bibby in Urbana, IL on 3/31

Contest: Win Tickets to Lil Bibby in Urbana, IL on 3/31

Rising star Lil Bibby will take the stage at The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Tuesday, March 31st. The Chicago emcee caught lots of attention after dropping his Free Crack mixtape in November 2013. Songs like “Water” and “Dead or in Prison” have propelled Bibby to the national radar, and the 20-year-old spitter is primed for a big 2015....
Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Contest: Win Tickets to DATSIK in Urbana, IL on 2/18

Another week, another contest! Canadian producer and new bass icon DATSIK will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Wednesday, February 18th. Working with the likes of KRS-One, DJ Paul, and Three 6 Mafia, DATSIK has been featured on UPC mixes in the past and will be striking fans with a dance set sure to test your eardrums. The...
Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Contest: Win Tickets to Cherub in Urbana, IL on 2/12

Hailing from Nashville, TN, electronic-indie duo Cherub will be taking the stage at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Thursday, February 12th. Consisting of Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, Cherub broke unto the scene in 2014: the duo was featured on Complex as well as Life + Times and charted in February with their electric-funk dance hit “Doses of Mimosas.” The tour, appropriately named “Strip to This,”...
Contest: Win Tickets to RiFF RaFF in Urbana, IL on 2/7

Contest: Win Tickets to RiFF RaFF in Urbana, IL on 2/7

It’s finally happening – Houston, TX rapper, eccentric, and tennis enthusiast RiFF RaFF will be holding down Urbana, IL on Saturday, February 7 for a show at The Canopy Club. Many of our readers will recognize him from his smash hits “Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwdinz,” “Dolce & Gabbana,” and “How to Be The Man.” RiFF RaFF released his debut album in 2014, Neon Icon, and...
Contest: Win Tickets to Porn and Chicken in Urbana, IL on 2/6

Contest: Win Tickets to Porn and Chicken in Urbana, IL on 2/6

Chicago EDM collaborators Porn and Chicken will be bringing their infamous Monday night banger from Chicago down to Urbana, IL on Friday, February 6th for a show at The Canopy Club. Some of you may recognize them from their 2014 singles “Let It Bleed” featuring Justin Traitor and “Leap Frog” featuring Kryoman. Fellow trap professionals Medusa, Miss A, and Positive Vibr8ions will also be assisting by opening...
Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Contest: Win Tickets to RL Grime in Urbana, IL on 11/16

Los Angeles EDM artist RL Grime will be holding down Urbana, IL on Sunday, November 16 for a show at The Canopy Club. Many of our fans will recognize him from his remixes of Kanye West‘s “Mercy” and Chief Keef‘s “Love Sosa.” RL Grime is also releasing his debut album Void the following day, November 17, and will dropping cuts from it such as “Scylla.” Fellow trap...