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The 'best band in the land' shows its Illini pride in NYC and on social media

The 'best band in the land' shows its Illini pride in NYC and on social media

By Abigale Svoboda

November 26, 2015

The Marching Illini will lead Santa through midtown Manhattan in the 89th Macy’s Day Parade on Thursday. The band — which has been preparing for the parade for over a year now — will perform in the parade for the very first time in University history this Thanksgiving. Though this is...

Music review: "The Internet" brings new vibe to Canopy Club

Music review: "The Internet" brings new vibe to Canopy Club

By Frances Welch

October 5, 2015

It goes without saying that The Canopy Club manages to book and promote a pretty diverse bill of artists each month; some acts are more surprising than others, considering certain artists’ large followings (Young the Giant, Young Thug) and the rather unknown following of Champaign-Urbana (pretty m...

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

An unheard Elsinore, the band is back

April 15, 2015

Seven days before recording its most recent album, “PUSH/PULL,” local band Elsinore lost half of its members. Studio time was already reserved and a producer was scheduled to be flown out from Portland, but the band’s dynamic wasn’t working, making the previous members opt out last minute. Fro...

Matt O’Keefe of The Orwells reflects on his musical experiences

Matt O’Keefe of The Orwells reflects on his musical experiences

By Frances Welch

April 2, 2015

Matt O’Keefe, 20-year-old guitarist of The Orwells, spoke with The Daily Illini about his life and the band.The Daily Illini: What has the band been up to, and how is the new year going?Matt O’Keefe: So far, 2015 has been good. We’ve had a lot of downtime compared to what 2014 was, which is ac...

The Fashion Network RSO promotes fashion on campus

The Fashion Network RSO promotes fashion on campus

October 15, 2014

Mia Kavensky and Ilana Steelman sat at a small table in the front room of Espresso Royale on Goodwin Avenue. An idea and a passion for the fashion industry brought them together for the first time.  Steelman sipped on an iced coffee, escaping the dwindling summer heat as the two laid groundwork for ...

OK Go to return to Canopy Club with visual fun, confetti

OK Go to return to Canopy Club with visual fun, confetti

By Rebecca Jacobs

September 11, 2014

OK Go is not just the band of treadmill guys anymore.  This fall, the band is releasing their fourth album and will be performing at The Canopy Club on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $15. Damian Kulash, lead singer and guitarist of OK Go, said he thinks that the band’s treadmill music...

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

Local bands reunite for a triple performance

August 28, 2014

New and long-standing local music fans can unite Friday for a nostalgic reunion show at Cowboy Monkey in downtown Champaign. Current local bands, Elsinore and Hathaways, will join Champaign-Urbana native band Grandkids, which will be making a trip from Chicago on Friday.  “The idea was to have an end...