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Boycut, The Kickback, and Elsinore at Cowboy Monkey

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Sometimes this town seems to run on one mind. It’s like there’s a subconscious unanimity that makes every girl wear sun dresses, every guy wear tank tops, and the entire campus hang out on the quad all on the same day. Perhaps it was this same subconscious mind that packed more people into Cowboy Monkey […]

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Promised Land Sound and Alabama Shakes at Virginia Theater

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Promised Land Sound Nashville natives made their way to Champaign for the first time this past Wednesday as part of the Alabama Shakes tour. The band began playing as excited Alabama Shakes fans began to file into the historic Virginia Theater, and it seemed that this opening act expected an unenthused audience. They opened with […]

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Concord America, Tara Terra, Common Loon, and Santah at Cowboy Monkey (Review)

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If you keep up with WPGU’s big brother, the Daily Illini, then you would’ve seen an article run this week about how strongly women are represented in the local music scene. The timing of that article came at just the right time, seeing as how it was girl’s night at Cowboy Monkey this Thursday (despite […]

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WPGU 107.1’s Staff Picks of 2014

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Phantogram – Voices It was hard not to notice as Phantogram slashed across our radar this year with Voices. This album feels like a rightful continuation of their 2009 album Eyelid Movies, preserving the clear-cut tempo throughout but managing to emphasize it. We’re given racier beats, but the tracks still have that backdrop of something […]

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WPGU 107.1’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: 1-10

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1. St. Vincent – St. Vincent St. Vincent’s self-titled album may be her best album yet. With multiple layers and textures all over the place, from the grainy bass tracks on “Birth in Reverse” to the jolty trumpets in “Digital Witness”, St. Vincent sounds completely unhinged while at the same time sounding robotically precise. Annie […]

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WPGU 107.1’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: 11-20

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11. TV on the Radio – Seeds TV on the Radio’s fifth album has the band’s signature sound, but at the same time sets it apart from the rest. The vocals on this album were impeccable. The harmonies on the single track “Happy Idiot” are fluid and but also crisp; lead singer Tunde Adebimpe did […]

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