Pygmalion Music Festival is a campus wide excuse to kick back, take a break from being a diligent student and enjoy a wide array of fabulous music. For the last seven years, Pygmalion has been bringing established, big name bands and incredible local gems to this campus. This year, Pygmalion has some additional epic events in store. On Saturday, September 24 Polyvinyl Records is celebrating its fifteen year anniversary with Pygmalion at the Highdive Outdoor Annex. This awesome outdoor party is going to highlight the likes of Japandroids, Deerhoof, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Joan of Arc, Braid, Xiu Xiu, STRFKR, Owen and Asobi Seksu. Let me just say, missing a show like this would be the crime of the century. The awesome people behind the Pygmalion Music Festival have also extended the festival this year. Starting on September 21, the festival is going to last five days because The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are getting in on the fun and bringing the festival to a close on Sunday, September 25 at the Highdive. Not only is this fifth night concert making Pygmalion history, but it is also sure to include hits off their amazing 2011 album Belong.
There are a ton of other big name events and fun local bands playing during the five day span. The Canopy Club will be playing host to Explosions in the Sky on Wednesday, September 21, the first night of Pygmalion. Toro y Moi, Viva Voce, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and other currently unnamed bands will be following up the next night. The must-see show at the Canopy Club is the Saturday night show; Australian band Cut Copy will be playing with opening act Washed Out, whose album scheduled for July 12 is bound to impress.
Some of the lesser known bands playing include Champaign-Urbana favorites Grandkids, Elsinore and The Leadership. Sick dance beats will be served by an ample selection of DJs, such as Chicago’s DJ Solo, DJ White Rabbit and DJ Flowa Child. Groups like Only Children and Common Loon will provide psychedelic jams for an exciting evening. And if a chill night is more your style, These Old Ghosts and Brooklyn’s Ava Luna will provide a fun and soothing atmosphere. No matter what kind of music you are looking for, the Pygmalion 2011 line-up is sure to impress and feed your musical hunger.

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