Every September, Champaign-Urbana is proud to host the Pygmallion Music Festival! This festival is great in really showcasing all C-U has to offer, and brings many big national names and local acts to different venues across town. You might be saying: “Wow, Boswell, it’s only July…don’t you think you’re jumping the gun a little bit?”. And to that, I would say that yes, I am, but I’m just too damn excited!
1. ”Echo Hands” — The Dirty Feathers:
I don’t mean to knock the quality of local music, because honestly, it is really quite great. This song just sounds like it should belong to a higher profile band than The Dirty Feathers, though. It’s really showing them flexing their muscles and the possibility that they have to blow up in the near future!
2. “Evening’s Kiss” — Willis Earl Beal
I know that Maddie included this guy in her tape last week, but I just had to do it again. His story is truly remarkable. He spent the years before he got famous working low-level jobs and even spending some time without a home, yet he still got discovered! Fresh off of Pitchfork Music Fest up in Chicago, this guy is an artist I’m really excited about.
3. “Two Weeks” — Grizzly Bear
Yes, this is their most popular song. Yes, they are releasing a new album. Yes, I am immensely excited for it. Yes, their band name scares me a little bit. That’s about all I have to say about t.
4. “B**** Look At Me Now” — Childish Gambino
Before I confuse people: NO, CHILDISH GAMBINO WILL NOT BE AT PYGMALION FEST. But this song samples Grizzly Bear, and is altogether one of my famous Gambino raps. I think you’ll like it, too.
5. “Last Year” — Best Coast
“What a day this year has been, what a year this day has been”
These lyrics seem to be so applicable to college, where the years seem to fly by so fast! I can’t wait to see these guys and all of their California glory.
6. “Wasted Days” — Cloud Nothings
It’s impossible to listen to the intro to this song and not get completely stoked to listen to the rest of it. The lead singer sounds a little like Billy Corgan, but that’s nothing to hold against a man. These guys just played Pitchfork, too, and they look to rock C-U in September.
7. “Life Inside An Elephant” — Elsinore
Elsinore are somewhat like local celebrities around here, and they always put on a great show. Frontman Ryan Graff is possibly the nicest front-man in the history of music. This track is off of their Life Inside An Elephant EP, but also look for them to drop a new album sometime soon, as I hear it is in the process of being made! Check out our latest interview with Elsinore HERE!
8. “Stillness Is The Move” — Dirty Projectors
I’ll be honest with you, it was really hard for me to come around on Dirty Projectors. I would definitely call it an acquired taste, but after I acquired it, I loved it! Hopefully this song is enough to sway you, but if it’s not, check Bitte Orca, which is a great album.
9. “Comeback Kid” — Sleigh Bells
Sleigh Bells goes hard. It’ll be interesting to see how they translate that to a live performance. Did I mention that Sleigh Bells goes hard?
10. “Marathon” — Tennis:
I had the pleasure of catching this band in Amsterdam when I was backpacking across Europe. Their style reminds me of She & Him, but even more relaxed than the M. Ward Zooey combo. This is the show that I expect to surprise me the most (weird to expect a surprise, right?).