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Young Thug Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on 10/2

Young Thug Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on 10/2

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Jeffrey Williams represents one of the most interesting and hottest ATLiens in the rap game to date. Better known by his stage name Young Thug, the enigmatic rapper has taken the hip-hop world by storm, rapping in slur, scat, and overall drug-influenced form; draped in all the latest designer while...
Lil Herb Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL

Lil Herb Live at Canopy Club in Urbana, IL

Chicago’s Lil Herb invaded The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL on Saturday, August 29th for an energy-filled set. G Herbo took the stage a little after midnight and performed standout tracks such as “Faneto,” “Jugg House” and “Kill Shit.” The atmosphere was electric, and UPC was on hand to document the concert. Check out the photos below,...
Young Thug Live in Urbana, IL on 10/2

Young Thug Live in Urbana, IL on 10/2

UPDATE: This concert has been canceled due a chance in Young Thug’s schedule. Sorry for the inconvenience.  Yep, you are reading that correctly. With the upcoming release of his new album HY!£UN35 on the horizon, Young Thug and 300 Entertainment have announced his latest fall tour. The HY!£UN35 tour will be making it’s way throughout...
Photos: ILLrock Block Party in Urbana 5/2

Photos: ILLrock Block Party in Urbana 5/2

For the second straight year, the ILLrock Block Party served as an end-of-the-year celebratory concert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The day-long event, similar to Little 500 at Indiana University or Dillo Day at Northwestern University, went down this past Saturday in Urbana and featured a variety of musical guests. Artists such as Gramatik, Matoma, Exmag...
Lil Bibby Live in Urbana, IL on 3/31

Lil Bibby Live in Urbana, IL on 3/31

Lil Bibby will be visiting campus for a performance at The Canopy Club in Urbana on Tuesday, March 31. The young Chicago emcee is one of the city’s brightest upcoming stars; his recent mixtapes Free Crack and Free Crack II were praised by fans and critics alike. Bibby earned XXL Freshman honors in 2014, and he’s...
iLoveMakonnen Live in Urbana, IL on 3/15

iLoveMakonnen Live in Urbana, IL on 3/15

With the Spring semester at UIUC underway, Star Course have went ahead and announced their first show of 2015. iLoveMakonnen will be visiting Champaign-Urbana for a performance at Foellinger Auditorium on March 15th, 2015. The Grammy nominated ATLien is most notably known for his single “Tuesday” featuring Drake and his self-titled EP from earlier last year. Doors open...
R. Kelly Live in Champaign, IL on 12/12

R. Kelly Live in Champaign, IL on 12/12

Yep, you read that headline correctly—the one and only R. Kelly will be invading Champaign, IL on December 12th for a concert at the Fluid Events Center. The Chicago R&B legend will be in town for a performance alongside Teddy Cain JR, Miss Bri, John Blu and DJ Phantom. You won’t want to miss out...
Carnage Live in Urbana, IL on 11/11

Carnage Live in Urbana, IL on 11/11

It’s no secret that Carnage knows how to party. The energy he gives off on every track he produces and remixes translates to his live shows as well, creating a formidable and intoxicating presence. The Los Angeles-based artist has gone from rocking stages at Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, and now to the Canopy...
Power102Jamz Homecoming Event in Champaign, IL on 10/23

Power102Jamz Homecoming Event in Champaign, IL on 10/23

Power102Jamz is Champaign’s newest online hip-hop station. To kick off this weekend’s homecoming festivities, our new friends over at Power102 are hosting a party at Soma Ultralounge in downtown Champaign on Thursday, October 23rd. DJ A-Ron and Fleet DJ will be mixing throughout the night. Entry will be $5, and doors will open at 11 pm. For...
Review: Pygmalion Music Festival 2014

Review: Pygmalion Music Festival 2014

Written by Brad W. (@Brad_C_Williams). Photography by Robert Marohn. Champaign’s annual Pygmalion Music Festival is always one of the biggest music events of the year. While Porter Robinson and Ab-Soul had great performances, those who were able to attend last weekend’s festival experienced the 10th anniversary to this cornerstone three-day celebration. Admittedly, this year’s lineup did not include...
Photos: Ab-Soul's These Days Tour in Urbana 9/25

Photos: Ab-Soul’s These Days Tour in Urbana 9/25

Last Thursday, Urbana locals and UIUC students were treated to the biggest hip-hop show so far this semester. As part of his These Days Tour, TDE representative Ab-Soul made his way down to central Illinois with Dreamville’s Bas and Atlanta rap duo EarthGang. As with any exciting tour that hits the area, UPC was in the building to witness and...
Saba, Frank Leone & John Walt Live in Urbana, IL on 9/11

Saba, Frank Leone & John Walt Live in Urbana, IL on 9/11

After releasing his long-awaited project Comfort Zone mixtape in July and rocking his first ever festival at North Coast, Saba is coming down to Urbana for a headliner at The Canopy Club on Thursday, September 11 along with Hurt Everybody, John Walt, and Frank Leone. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m....