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Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Mother Nature, T.R.U.T.H & Klevah Live in Champaign on 4/1

Champaign’s Mother Nature, a female rap duo consisting of T.R.U.T.H and Klevah, is headlining The Accord on April 1st for The Pygmalion Festival show series. Abnormous, Boycut, Chasin’ Treezz and Jeff K%NZ x GR8SKY will be in the house performing as well. If you aren’t familiar with the artists Champaign has to offer, this is a show you definitely won’t want to miss. Doors open...
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...
Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

Samkul Live in Urbana, IL on 4/1

50 Diamonds and Bottom Boyz have teamed up to host a #50Fridays event Friday night at The Canopy Club in Urbana. Local rapper and UIUC senior Samkul is headlining the concert. If you’re not familiar with his record “Juice,” you can check that out here. DJ Matrix, J Will, Marleyy76 and Luhh’ Mace will also be performing....
Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

Gramatik Live in Urbana, IL on 3/3

The last time EDM sensation Gramatik performed in Champaign-Urbana, he was tearing up Oregon Street at the 2015 ILL Rock Block Party. The 31-year-old Slovenian artist is slated for his return to The Canopy Club this Thursday, March 3. Known for his mixture of electro thumps and hip-hop beats, Gramatik recently finished his new album Epigram and will...
Photos: UPC Halloween Bash 2k15

Photos: UPC Halloween Bash 2k15

Friday, Oct. 30th, 2015 was a night to remember. The party was bumpin’ until 3 a.m. — and it would’ve gone until 5 or 6 if it weren’t for some goober pulling the building’s fire alarm. Re-live UPC‘s Halloween Bash 2k15 through the following photos, taken by our friends at 50 Diamonds. Special shout-out to...
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Live in Urbana 11/6

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Live in Urbana 11/6

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony will perform at The Canopy Club this Friday, November 6th. The legendary five-man crew is gonna run through all the classics — if you’re a fan of ’90s rap, you won’t want to miss this show. If you’re somehow unfamiliar with Bone Thugs, it’s never too late. They collaborated with hip-hop heavyweights including 2Pac,...
Photos: Rae Sremmurd in Champaign 10/26

Photos: Rae Sremmurd in Champaign 10/26

Champaign, IL got a taste of Sremm Life last week. Rae Sremmurd performed an hour-long set at Foellinger Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 26 in front of a raucous crowd of students. Brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy ran through hits including “Lit Like Bic,” “No Flex Zone” and “This Could Be Us.” The Mississippi hip-hop duo delivered...
Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

Photos: Freaky Deaky Halloween 2015

The folks over at React Presents (Spring Awakening; North Coast; Mamby on the Beach; etc.) have outdone themselves, yet again. This year’s Freaky Deaky Halloween festival was an extremely well put on event with an impressive array of both local and worldwide artists, as well as a ton of awesome, interactive experiences. For this years edition they hooked us up with...
UPC Presents: Halloween Bash 2k15

UPC Presents: Halloween Bash 2k15

It’s been a minute since our last party, so we decided to kick off Halloween weekend with an exclusive UPC event. We’re teaming up with our friends at I’m Shmacked, Red Bull and 50 Diamonds to bring you the Halloween Bash 2k15. We’re going to be bumping all your favorite tunes, with free drinks on deck all night. The event...
Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

Preview: Freaky Deaky Music Fest

The folks over at React Presents have outdone themselves this year for their annual Freaky Deaky Halloween bash. They have expanded to a three-day festival with three stages, and they have moved the venue to Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire. The lineup is better than ever, with so many top-notch artists it’s making...
Rae Sremmurd Live in Champaign, IL on 10/26

Rae Sremmurd Live in Champaign, IL on 10/26

Young Thug recently canceled his show at Canopy Club, so this announcement should brighten some moods: On October 26th, Rae Sremmurd will perform at Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois campus. Yep, that’s right — the ‘Lit Like Bic’ crew is making its way to Champaign, IL for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Doors will open at 6:30...
SZA Live in Champaign on 9/16

SZA Live in Champaign on 9/16

Our friends at Red Bull Sound Select are bringing an all-female hip-hop line-up of SZA, Lizzo and Povi to the High Dive in downtown Champaign. Create an account and RSVP at Red Bull Sound Select’s website for a dirt-cheap $3 ticket. Otherwise, tickets are $10 at the door. The concert is tonight, September 16th, and doors...