Spotlight on Pygmalion

Thursday, Sept. 23- Canopy Club
Most people would agree that Pygmalion is synonymous with indie rock music, which makes Santah an absolutely perfect fit for the festival. The band has been a well-known force within this community for a long time, but they really carved out a new niche in the spring of this year with the release of their first full-length album, White Noise Bed. Uniquely skilled in such a way that renders them a cut above your average indie band, Santah is an exciting component of this year’s Pygmalion Festival, and is definitely worth checking out. — Sabrina Gosnell

Surfer Blood
Thursday, Sept. 23- Canopy Club
Fresh out of Miami, Fla., Surfer Blood has been tearing up the indie blogs all year. With their almost overzealous use of reverb, their album Astro Beach stems from a wide variety of influences, stretching far enough to include a song based upon the early ‘90s David Lynch TV show Twin Peaks. I saw Surfer Blood earlier this year at Pitchfork Festival and can’t wait until I see them again on Friday. — Dylan Sutcliff

Duke of Uke
Thursday, Sept. 23- Independent Media Center
How many bands do you know are fronted by a ukelele player? The only one you really should know is the Duke of Uke and His Novelty Orchestra, an instrumentally rich seven-piece ensemble who will bring their witty lyricisms and soulful sensibilities to the Independent Media Center in Urbana this Thursday, Sept. 23. Indisputably one of CU’s most unique acts, it would be absolutely silly to not go to what will certainly be an enjoyable show. — Eli Chen

Cut Chemist and Positive Vibr8tions
Friday, Sept. 24- Canopy Club
As Friday’s line up is headlined with the eclectic Cut Chemist, my excitement is at its peak to attend Pygmalion. However, the local acts that are performing on Friday are really what sparked my interest. DJ Breezy and DJ Substr8 along with MC Harsh Pro, have been cultivating the fusion of U.K. and U.S. dubstep music in the Champaign-Urbana area for some time now. Collectively called Positive Vibr8tions, the crew has already managed to completely floor fans with their handful of bumping shows they’ve put on this fall. With intense energy, quality tracks and a committed fan base, Positive Vibr8tions is sure to keep the bass bumping, so make sure you come out and feel the vibes! — Krithika Rajaraman

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Saturday, Sept. 25- Krannert Center
A more-than-perfect opener for the Pygmalion headliner, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists is one of few bands out there that isn’t afraid to cut loose when it comes to energizing performance or recorded material, such as the recently released full-length Brutalist Bricks. A craftworthy blend of folk, indie and punk styles, Ted Leo’s music is enhanced by so much inner passion and instrumental loudness that it leaves first-time listeners trembling with audial ecstasy. Their upcoming show at the Krannert is guaranteed to be memorably rambunctious. — Eli Chen

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