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What’s Happening in Urbana The Boneyard Arts Festival April 15 & 16 An annual event hosted by 40 North and supported by the UBA.Visual artists, musicians and other performers come out of the wood work and Urbana, Champaign and Campus come alive.

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Market At The Square May 14 through November Saturdays from 7a.m. to noon Southeast corner of the parking lot at Lincoln Square Vendors from all over the state of Illinois come to this large open air market to share the freshest home grown produce, local honey, baked goods, hand-crafted items, plants & flowers and much more! With over 100 vendors, the market supports local farmers, and allows people to eat healthy and enjoy themselves every Saturday morning!

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The Great Race June 28 Downtown Urbana The largest, longest-running road rally comes through town on their coast-to-coast race.There will be vintage cars on display, live musical entertainment, and a sure good time for all! 30th Annual Sweetcorn Festival August 26 and 27th Downtown Urbana The businesses and citizens of Urbana, Illinois, invite you to the streets of Downtown Urbana for Champaign County's oldest and largest festival VOTED THE BEST FESTIVAL IN URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, 2002. For over a quarter century the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival has brought thousands of friends, families, entertainers and vendors to Main Street to share in the best that traditional, small town America has to offer.

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Editor’s Note This Modern World • Tom Tomorrow First Things First • Michael Coulter The Local Sniff • Seth Fein

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LISTEN, HEAR Cake interview • Gavin Paul Giovagnoli Local music history • Various writers Buzz/WPGU music awards • Logan Moore Sound Ground #71 • Todd J. Hunter Robbers on High Street review • Cornelia Boonman Decibully review • Courtney Hrejsa The Hurly-Burley • Logan Moore Dusting for Womit with Headlights

MAIN EVENT Live local venues Free Will Astrology Bob n’ Dave • Dave King Jonesin’ Crosswords • Matt Gaffney

ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT Designing musicians • Brian Warmoth Travesties review • Jeff Nelson (Th)ink • Keef Knight Cigarettes and Purple Pillz review • David Ruthenberg Artist’s Corner with Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi Life in Hell • Matt Groening

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Local films and music videos • Tim Peters Loos Ends • John Loos Fever Pitch review • Matt Pais Sahara review • David Just Movie time listings Fever Pitch DVD review • Syd Slobodnik Slowpoke • Jen Sorenson Drive Through Reviews CU Views • Fever Pitch

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APARTMENTS Furnished/Unfurnished BEST VALUE 1 BR. loft from $480. 1 Br. $370 2 BR. $470 3 BR. $750 4 BR $755 Campus. 367-6626.

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FRIENDS BOOK SALE CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY 505 S RANDOLPH Saturday April 16, 9-5 Sunday, April 17, 1-5pm Bags of books $1 & Special books 1/2 price. Friday April 15, Friends Presale 4-8pm. Membership $10.

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Now & Fall 2005 2 and 3 bedrooms. Furnished with internet. Parking and laundry available. On-site resident manager. Call Kenny. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182 NINE MONTH LEASES NEGOTIABLE

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307- 309 Healey Court. Fall 2005. Behind Gully’s. 2 bedrooms. Ethernet available. Office at 309 S. First, C. THE UNIVERSITY GROUP www.ugroup96.com 352-3182

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he original British film version of Fever Pitch is not exactly what you would expect to be the inspiration for a new Farrelly brothers’ film. Director David Evans’ 1997 adaptation of a popular Nick Hornby novel is not particularly loaded with crude and juvenile humor; it is, however, a rather delightful, off-beat romantic comedy about an obsessed life-long “football” fan of an English soccer team, the famed Arsenal and his inability to commit to any serious relationship during the August May soccer season. Nick Hornby’s novel nicely mixes light situational comedy and the sometimes cute awkward situations of adult romance. Hornby is most noted to American audiences for his later works; the adapted screenplays for High Fidelity and About a Boy both concerned self-centered and slightly obsessed bachelors with romantic troubles. Colin Firth, who is best known as the other romantic interest in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Shakespeare in Love, stars as Paul Ashworth, a high school English teacher who is in his mid-30s. Since he was a boy, when his estranged father took him to his first football match, he learned to love Arsenal through the toughest of times. Much like the

die-hard Cubs fan, or the Red Sox fan for that matter, Arsenal have not seen a championship in many decades. By far the film’s most interesting subplot is not the sports tale but the awkward romance. A newly hired female instructor begins a new term at Paul’s school and almost at first sight, Paul is attracted to her like oil to water. Her name is Sarah Hughes, a petite, neatly organized, serious professional. By contrast, Paul is a chain-smoking, sloppy, FEVER PITCH • RUTH GEMMELL & COLIN FIRTH casual guy who ad-libs lessons on Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, while esty and vulnerability, as the two characters focusing most of his energies on his after- learn what it takes to be committed to a school activities as the school’s soccer coach. meaningful relationship. Sarah teaches Paul Initially, Firth and actress Ruth Gemmell, to care more about things important to life, who plays Sarah, are awkwardly uneasy, and besides his beloved Arsenal, and she actualthe situations they are written in are rather ly lets her hair down and finds pleasure in standard for a romance film—small talk, the letting go. Fever Pitch was a little-known film in its first night over, the unsure next morning at work, etc. But soon opposites attract. Firth’s first release, but you can now discover some outgoing working class manner and of its subtle charms at your local video store. Gemmell’s stuffy princess eventually create a It is available on Trimark Home Video and real chemistry that’s quite appealing to audi- DVD. Please ignore its blatantly cheap cover ences who prefer their love stories with photo of a half-naked female soccer player in a men’s locker room and ad slogan “There’s actors slightly older than teenagers. In a very natural way, Hornby’s script more than one way to score!” You cannot depicts the single lifestyle of contemporary judge this film by its ridiculous cover. adults with many scenes of revealing hon-

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GUESS WHO 1.5 STARS

Ashton Kutcher & Bernie Mac Hollywood is in dire need of fresh ideas. Reversing race roles in a remake just doesn’t work. Guess Who should have been called Meet the Black Parents. For its unoriginality, stay at home and play Guess Who. And I mean the game. (Paul Prikazsky) THE RING TWO 1 STAR

Naomi Watts & Sissy Spacek Troubling for all the wrong reasons, The Ring Two never makes a strong case for its own existence. The biggest letdown about the movie is that it fails to significantly advance the story, something a reporter like Rachel should understand is crucial in a follow-up effort. Like the video that provides

there are very few of you that both read my column and went to the Local Music Awards show at the Highdive last week, I’d like to thank all five of you for making it an amazing show. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend, the show went incredibly well.Tons of people were there, we didn’t have any major problems (unless you count Coulter pouring a beer on himself a problem), and anyone who was anyone in the C-U music scene was there. It was great. Some great bands played too. And I want to thank all of them as well. And Ippatsu Hair Salon gave free haircuts to all of us presenters, and I’d like to personally thank Rebecca for giving me a kick-ass hair cut. Sheesh, I sound like that chump at the Oscars who gets the music played during his speech. The whole point of the Buzz/WPGU Local Music Awards show was to get word out about the amazing local music scene in Champaign-Urbana. Awards shows suck, usually, but this one was good intentioned. There really is a great local music scene in our community, and more people need to realize it. Almost every night you can go to one of the many venues (check out the Main Event section this week to find out more about venues) around town to hear a great band rockin’ out. If you haven’t already noticed, this issue is printed on really nice paper, and there’s a lot more color around. Hell, even my picture is in color. Why did we do all this stuff, you ask? Because the staff here at Buzz wants to get the word out about our wonderful local music scene.We don’t think enough people know just how great it is. Throughout the issue you’ll find info about bands, venues, record labels, CD artwork and local music videos, among other things. For those of you who don’t know so much about the local music scene, read this issue and go check out some shows. All of them are good in their own right, and they all work their asses off to get shows and get people to go to the shows. So help out the bands and get outta your house, apartment, dorm monotony and see some rockin’ music. For those of you who are already involved in the music scene, just keep doing what you’re doing. Without the fans, local music would fall apart. For everyone, keep this issue as sort of a guide to get you through on days when you’re blue (Woah, I rhymed and didn’t mean to) because at the very least, the nice paper makes it look pretty.

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“Enjoyable and funny.”

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“I saw one mistake, but otherwise ok.”

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THE AMITYVILLE HORROR Ryan Reynolds & Melissa George This remake of the 1979 horror “classic” features Reynolds and George as a couple moving into a haunted house. The movie is based on a supposedly true story that was really popular back in the ’70s after the book of the same name by Jay Anson became a best seller. Horror films and remakes are about a dime a dozen these days, so combining the two seems like a nobrainer. (Andrew Vecelas) GUNNER PALACE During the Iraq conflict, a group of American soldiers in Baghdad took up refuge in a pleasure palace that once belonged to Saddam Hussein. This documentary opening at Boardman’s Art Theater tells their story, a strange tale of warfare that you’re not likely to hear on any nightly newscast. (Andrew Vecelas)

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Bruce Willis & Mickey Rourke Sinfully sexy and deliciously entertaining, Sin City is pumped with more testosterone and male fantasies than a Las Vegas bachelor party. If you can get past its boorish, hyper-macho approach to the sexes, director Robert Rodriguez will plunge you deep into a seedy, intoxicating world of sleaze, deception and revenge. (Matt Pais)

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SIN CITY 3.5 STARS

Queen Latifah & Alicia Silverstone Beauty Shop is mostly a “woman’s film” that even appeals to a youthful male audience, with lots of sexy female eye candy that never misses the director’s gaze. It has undeniable crowdpleasing appeal for those who like urban comedy with a less vulgar approach. You also won’t be offended by any harsh political put-downs of past civil rights leaders, like the first Barbershop film. (Syd Slobodnik)

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the premise, it’s a wonder that anyone would still be interested in watching something of this nature. It might not kill you, but don’t take the chance. (Matt Pais)

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Wedding Fair Saturday April 16, 2005 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At the McKinley Foundation on 5th and Daniel on the U of I Campus FREE PARKING!

getting arrested having unprotected sex fighting failing a test missing class STI 92.4% of U of I students think people risk harming themselves by having five or more drinks in one sitting. Based on a representative sample of students surveyed at the University of Illinois in February 2004. (1 drink = 12oz beer = 4-5oz wine = 1oz shot)

Losing control can mean losing a lot more.

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living here in Urbana is getting to watch the music scene evolve. I have been active within its confines for over a decade now, starting with a high school band that actually played at college house parties. Now, while I am no longer playing in a band, I am glad to still be able to book shows and to help bands hit the road when the timing is right. One of the most exciting things to me is to find the new bands that crop up every year. They enrich the scene and are cause for celebration, at least, in terms of knocking back a couple of PBR's and looking over at the crowd and thinking, "Yeah.This band works." This year had been a big one for the scene. And while I could recount all the things that the more popular bands did, I would rather dedicate this column to the newbies in town. In fact, in honor of the Local Music Awards last week, let's even make it into a faux competition! So, here are the Seth Fein is from Urbana. He has forgotnominees: ten more shows in the Colonel Rhodes last two years in CU Led by the towering Seth than you've been to. Hubbard, publicist for He can be reached at Polyvinyl Records, this sethfein@hotmail.com band has gained much . ground over the course of the last year. Whereas they started off sounding very alt-country with just a hint of Widespread Panic, they now have congealed into a straight up solid sounding indie rock act. After changing lineups and in effect, their sound, at the beginning of September, they have been hard at work, opening for the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Murder By Death, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Lucero and now, coming on May 2, will grace the stage of the IDF with Pedro the Lion thanks to Three Men and a Horse Booking. Very impressive. They play April 21 at Mike n Molly's. The Chemicals - When I first met Andrew Davidson and Carri Andrews in Mike n Molly's on the night of The Blackouts (now The Living Blue) victory at Irving Plaza in NYC, a tipsy Carri claimed that Andrew's soon to be named act was better than they were. I was impressed immediately and booked them alongside Headlights for a show at Caffe Paradiso, based solely on her vim. Carri joined the band a week before their performance, and they gave a jaw-dropping performance for their first time on stage. Now, ironically

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enough, Andrew is also the bassist of The Living Blue.Whether or not they are better is up to you. One thing is for sure, The Chemicals know how to play. They'll do just that this Saturday, April 16 at The Canopy Club. Ambitious Pie Party - Kelly McMorris is the most under appreciated songwriter in C-U, hands down. Once the frontman for a band called Synesthesia, he was limited by the number of people he had working for him. Always determined to put together a mini-orchestra, McMorris has started to realize his vision with his newest creation. They have been playing like mad as of late and are garnering more and more attention with every outing. Listen to his lyrics, you'll be captivated. They play April 20 at The Canopy Club. The Elanors - Simply put: heartbreaking and terse. Okay, so I ripped that off of a Richard Powers book jacket, but nonetheless, it is an accurate description of the Noah and Adriel's first album, A Year To Demonstrate. Upon viewing the band for the first time, I was so astonished that I not only bought their album, I offered them shows on the spot. Two of the nicest people you'll meet in your lifetime, they had been playing around the Midwest and only recently started playing locally on a regular basis. Jana Roberts, local DJ and music lover, relayed her feelings about the band to me one night, saying, "I've been waiting my whole life for this band." Well put. They play April 30 with Headlights at The Iron Post. Hot Club d'Urbana - If you've never heard the music of Django Reinhardt, stop reading immediately, go to Parasol Records and have them order you a copy of his best. It will change your life. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as good as Django. Not even Don Gerard's new project The SelfRighteous Brothers. John Nussbaum, The brothers Moss and Billy Kirst of Apollo Project are the most intriguing and affluent of all the new bands on the block.They are dedicated to recreating the experience of Django for the most part and do so with the tastiest licks in town.They open for Of Montreal and Tilly and The Wall April 27 at The Highdive. So, now that you've heard the nominees, go ahead and cast your vote ... Okay, good job! Let me tally them up, hold on a sec... Huh? That's weird? It's a tie! Between all of them! They are all worthy of a trophy. Remember, music is not about competition. It's about progress and support.And all of these bands deserve yours.

MICHAEL COULTER • CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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an epiphany on Sunday after noon. Actually, I’m not sure you can have something that you have to look up the spelling and meaning of in the dictionary, but if you can, I definitely had one. For the first time so far this year, it seemed like spring. Piss, I actually turned on a fan. I sipped a can of soda pop, smoked a few cigarettes and watched Tiger Woods make one of the most amazing golf shots in history, and then it hit me. Winter’s over, and it’s time to start doing something besides drinking, sleeping and playing with your little Xbox. It just occurred to me that someone will probably ask me if I call my penis Xbox, so I figured I might as well beat them to the punch and just make the joke myself. Anyways, I sort of realized that it was time to get back in shape for the summer. Now first off, I’m talking about “Coulter Shape,� not actual shape. The men of the Coulter family usually lose five or 10 pounds once it warms up, so that part’s just nature and genes, pretty simple there.The other part of the equation is simply to get in good enough shape to be functional. Let’s be very clear, I don’t mean functional in that I can run a marathon or anything. That seems like it would be a real pain in the ass. I just want to be able to walk 18 holes, play basketball for a couple of hours, show a little outfield speed in slow pitch softball, and maybe play tennis once it’s 90 freaking degrees outside. It’s important to realize that these activities will be spread out over the whole week and will require drinking either before, during and after (sometimes all three), so it’s really not that big of undertaking to get in “Coulter Shape.� Still, it sucks to think about it. It sucks to get started on it. It even sucks when I’m doing it some of the time, but it’s gotta be done. I started slowly by taking the dog for a walk around the park, which he seemed to enjoy much more than I did. We got back, and I was sort of tired, so I played the new Splinter Cell game for awhile and went to bed, assuming the fresh start would be much better if it began on a Monday morning. Five in the morning came pretty damned early. My body was in shock. My liver has had more alcohol through it than

some distilleries, but this morning it was running clean and likely somewhat lonely. My sleep clock was very concerned and insisted I go back to bed for another hour. My ankles popped like Orson Welles standing on bubble wrap. All this before the door was shut behind me. I have to admit, it’s beautiful that time of morning, especially if you aren’t just getting home from the night before.The air had just a little bite to it. “Probably just enough to cause my nipples to chafe,� I thought Michael Coulter to myself. I started to run. is a videographIt wasn’t so bad at the er, comedian beginning, the first block and can be or so. The houses on the heard on WPGU street seemed to go by in 107.1 Thursdays slow motion. This was at 5 with Ricker because I was running workin’ it. very slowly. It was hard to get too excited about my progress until I could no longer hear the confused dog barking from the window. After that, I thought about a few things, random stuff that popped in my head. “Should I have brought cigarettes? I wonder if I broke into that house and got a drink of water, would anyone notice? What if they shot at me? That’d be freaking weird.� Then finally, “Okay, I think I’m in shape now. I gotta be.� The run was over, and I felt okay. Three more weeks of this shit, and I can jack around until next spring. After three weeks of working out is over, I will once again be functional for my summer of sports. Eighteen holes of golf will be nothing. Hell, I’ll still be able to drop a 12-pack during the round if I need to. Basketball, smasketball. Honestly, we talk about playing way more than we actually play. I’m totally functional enough for that. Slow pitch softball? Yep, I should be able to run the bases without getting too winded. Hell, half the guys on my team are smoking in the dugout anyway, so I don’t want to get too far ahead of the curve. Playing tennis, I usually have some sort of heat stroke an hour into it, so a large part of that is just automatic pilot. Sure, some people with their fancy degrees and their regular heart beats will say you can’t get in shape in three short weeks, but like my dad always says, “Screw a lot of them.� I’ll be in “Coulter Shape.� I will be able to play any sport while smoking and drinking, and that, my friends, is what summer sports are all about.

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If it were not for the tiny red decal in the window, an ordinary brick building on a side street in Urbana would be almost anonymous. Walking through the metal door is like stepping into another world. Music is stacked everywhere, the CDs and LPs bursting out of boxes among the open-air desks.The bustling place is filled with the sounds and sights of indie rock. After all, as Parasol Records founder Geoff Merritt said, “We do all sorts of stuff. Just about anything that has anything to do with independent music.” By recording, promoting and distributing music, Parasol is almost vertically integrated in the indie music scene. It started about 15 years ago, amid the nascent grunge rock movement. “I started buying and selling records when I was in San Francisco,” Merritt said.“I came back after six months and brought all my records with me. I bought a house down the street here and ran it out of the basement for a while.” After a few location changes, the business kept growing and eventually settled in its current, inconspicuous home. “By doing what we do,” Merritt said, “Parasol has connected

with more musicians and labels, growing into the independent music hub it is today.” Musically, the brand has grown beyond its initial focus on guitarbased pop. Now there are labels focused on other variations and forms of the rock theme. The Mud, Spur, Reaction and Hidden Agenda labels all stemmed from Parasol. Mud concentrates on rock, while Spur was originally created for a kind of country music album. Reaction and Hidden Agenda were made to rerelease older works and highlight more esteemed rock acts, respectively. Hidden Agenda was the American distributor of the Swedish band The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Now signed with a major label, the Grammy-nominated group’s success reflects Parasol’s role in the greater music industry. “I think we’ve got a reputation in some quarters as being a stepping-stone label,” said Michael Roux, publicity manager for Parasol. “There have been major label employees that for years have subscribed to our e-mail updates.We have a reputation as being at least a respected filter for people to look in on what sounds good,” he said. As for creating and distributing records, much of the former was local and familiar, the latter more exotic. Many of the first recordings and productions were for friends and personally known acts. Meanwhile, a good portion of the distribution catalog is imports from Sweden and the UK, with a few interesting acts from Spain. On the other hand, exports are frequently sent to Japan and all over the world. “We kind of became the official Sweden portal,” Merritt said. Once, when the Swedish consulate toured America, Parasol representatives were invited to attend the opening banquet. Luckily for local music enthusiasts, Parasol’s building is open to the public and functions as a record shop. Having been made a bit more customer-friendly over time, a couple dozen people will stroll in from day to day. The idea behind this company’s music distribution is simple. “For the most part, we all like everything we put out because otherwise it wouldn’t work. [The sound] changes, but we put out what we like so that hasn’t changed. We’re not going to put out stuff just because we think it’s going to be huge,” Merritt said.

The label is getting into digital music, working with the major Internet downloading services. Beyond that, the objective is business as usual.Without a bottom-line profit hanging over their heads, Parasol is in it for the music. “We don’t have any illusions of world dominance or anything like that,” Merritt joked.“We’re always trying to find new stuff to put out. So we just kind of keep doing what we’re doing but a little better each time.”

Green St. Records Angela Loiacono

It started with a few friends getting together and talking about an idea. It turned into the only student-run record label in the Big Ten and one of the very few student-run record labels in the country. Founded by four University of Illinois students, Green St. Records is now gearing up to release its second album, Playlisted. “We had an idea one day that we wanted to get more involved in the music scene on campus …We came up with this record label, and it just snowballed from there,” said the label’s co-founder Joshua Morton. Channeling an intense interest in the music business, founders Morton, Aaron Rosenthal, Jason Drucker and Jonathan S. Rozen started Green St. Records in March 2003. These four, along with a volunteer staff of 12, set out to develop, advertise and distribute a compilation album of local music in an effort to create a musical representation of the student body at the University.The label’s first album, Emergence, was released in April 2004 and featured the music of 12 bands. Green St. Records has taken on the responsibility of running a label out of an apartment. It has secured enough money to give each band eight hours of recording time in a studio—some of which have never been given the chance to play for an audience. It has given local bands a chance to be a part of an album, and 1,500 copies of its first album were actively distributed in just three days. The staff has done all this while still attending the University full time. Many staff members agree they do it because they have a love of music. In order to be eligible for an album, at least one fourth of the band must be a University student. Green St. Records is a registered student organization and has established this rule so that it can remain tied to the University. It is funded by benefit concerts and SORF. It is a nonprofit label, and the albums are distributed for free. “Because it is not for profit and the bands don’t contribute anything, everyone that is involved in the project is just doing this because they love music,” Rosenthal said.

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Tom Cruise is perfect, damnit. Anyone who says otherwise will have his or her ass taken to court. Cruise has filed a lawsuit against The Beast, a bi-weekly Buffalo, N.Y., newspaper, for insinuating that he is a shallow Hollywood jerk who dabbles with nose candy. In a feature entitled “The 50 Most Loathsome People in America,” Cruise clocked in at No. 39 for, The Beast reasoned, his undeserved stardom and for being “a carbon copy of a quintessential rich, asshole cokehead.” Cruise’s lawyer, in an angry letter, stated that the star “despises drugs” and demanded the paper print a retraction. Normally I would make some sort of joke here, but I’d prefer not to be sued. I love Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is rad. Good Tom Cruise, good boy… MGM Studios and its independent offspring United Artists are no longer. The classic Metro-GoldwynMayer company has been floundering since 1969 and now is set to be divvied up among a consor tium of companies including Sony Corp. MGM brought us cinematic gems such as The Wizard of Oz and BenHur, while UA gave us Annie Hall and Raging Bull. After the divvying, about 1,150 MGM employees will have to send resumes elsewhere including, I hear, the lazy lion with the half-assed roar. But knowing the scarcity of good enter tainment jobs for lions, I’m guessing he has a one-way ticket to The Surreal Life. Poor fella. Do you want the good news first or the bad news? We’ll go with the good news. Shit your pants Cindy Sue because there is going to be a Transformers movie. You know, those awesome Hasbro toys that, with a few twists, would transform from, say, a paddle boat into an evil bazooka-toting samurai robot warrior of ultimate doom? But hold on Cindy Sue, put on some clean shorts because the evil camera-toting Hollywood robot director of ultimate doom, Michael Bay (who plagued us with Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys II) is directing. Fortunately, the film won’t open until Nov. 17, 2006, so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy those brain cells of yours he’ll undoubtedly kill.

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English tennis player Tim Henman nearly made it to the Wimbledon finals just before the movie Wimbledon came out, based on the premise that a Brit hadn’t made it to the championship in several decades. And as Peter and Bobby Farrelly were getting set to Boston baseball-ize Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby’s soccer novel about how a woman’s love balances out another losing season for a diehard fan, those darn Red Sox went and won their first title in 86 years in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Then again, the underdog victory doesn’t make for a bad setting for the unlikely love between Ben (Jimmy Fallon), a goofball schoolteacher who sleeps on Red Sox pillows and wipes with Yankees toilet paper, and Lindsey (Drew Barrymore), a successful businesswoman whose friends say she needs to stop dating high-powered executive-types. She loves “Winter Ben,” who’s sweet, caring and totally unconcerned with sports. It’s “Summer Ben” that threatens to doom the relationship, a Mr. Hyde version of an overgrown boy who’d rather go to a ballgame than on a romantic Parisian getaway.Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo

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film, something is wrong. If four writers can’t make a Clive Cussler novel into a decent screenplay, something is wrong. If not even William H. Macy can make a film enjoyable, something is definitely wrong. Sahara, directed by Breck Eisner, suffers the same fate as a film like Armageddon. In each case, a team of writers formulates a script that sacrifices everything for action. Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey), a repeating Cussler character, is a treasure seeker searching for a lost Civil War battleship that supposedly got lost in the Sahara. Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) is a doctor with the World Health Organization trying to discover the source of a strange plague that has been killing Africans. Pitt saves Rojas from assassination, and their missions converge into one and the same. How? Why? These questions probably came up while the writers hashed out the script, to which they might have responded, “Because it’s a movie.” Once the storylines combine, it’s a race to see which audience member can figure

Mandel (Robots), Fever Pitch is right on target in its presentation of some men’s obsession with what their women might see as just a game. They’ll dance for the right to go to the biggest series of the season, they’ll embarrass themselves on ESPN to declare devotion to the team, and, for them, an invitation to go to Opening Day is a major step in a relationship. There are also a handful of jokes that will only be funny to baseball fans— when a friend of Ben’s refuses to dance for a FEVER PITCH • Yankees-Red Sox ticket, Ben sarcastically asks him,“You holdin’ out for the Royals?”You don’t have to love the crack of the bat or the smell of a ballpark hot dog to enjoy Fever Pitch, but it’s a pleasure to detect that it was written by people who do. With their first movie since the surprisingly tender Stuck on You, the Farrellys continue the softening of their humor, with only an awkward Red Sox fan who sells sponges feeling like a familiar Farrelly nutjob. The first act is a snooze, with the movie not really swinging for the fences until Lindsey discovers Ben’s love affair with the Sawwx. It also balks whenever Lindsey’s friends are present, a cliched assortment of onscreen teammates—the hot blonde, the wise brunette and the single, overweight girl—that drag Fever Pitch down like a Derek Jeter grand slam. Yet Fallon and Barrymore make a

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charming, romantic duo with offbeat chemistry that feels as natural as washing down peanuts with cheap beer. Though not quite as funny or insightful as other Hornby adaptations High Fidelity and About A Boy, the film is a sincere love letter to the passions that, from the outside, might seem like hobbies but from the inside, are, as Ben says, as important as sex and breathing. It blurs the line between diversion and duty, between choice and commitment and between leisure and obligation. Fever Pitch understands that the people who have season tickets near you can feel like a family and that rooting for the team can be comforting even when they lose. It’s a fitting tribute to love and baseball, but do us North Siders a favor: Skip the first 20 minutes or so and instead spend it writing a letter to Tinsel Town asking for another movie about the Cubs.

out what is happening first. Somewhere between the lost ship, the plague, the toxins, world destruction, Civil War coins, assassins, poisoned water, and dirty businessmen it just becomes too much. Getting lost in Sahara isn’t nearly as entertaining or enjoyable as it is in a film like The Usual Suspects. One character, some sort of assassin, appears only at the beginning and end of the movie. He, like many of the supporting characters, comes and goes at his convenience. Who he is and what SAHARA • PENELOPE CRUZ, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, STEVE ZAHN he wants is secondary inforworld’s destruction to the American mation, neglected for the sake of action. McConaughey and Cruz play their ambassador, who says he will pass it on to roles well, they just don’t have characters to the State Department and then leaves the play. They have no motivation to do what folder behind. There is certainly an unfitting clash of they’re doing. Then into the mix comes Zahn’s character, Al, the typical comic action and comedy in Sahara. The characrelief sidekick. He scores with a few of his ters are laughed at, not with, and they snappy one-liners, but most are untimely deserve to be. Action-comedies do not and unfunny. Macy is underused as need to give up on characters and story to Admiral James Sandecker, the man funding provide action and comedy. People Pitt’s mission into Africa. With probably a remember names like Axel Foley of Beverly fifth of the screen time Zahn has, Macy Hills Cop and Marty McFly of Back to the brings about five times as many laughs. Future. Since those are both trilogies, One particularly delightful scene occurs maybe Dirk Pitt will have two more when Sandecker brings news of the chances to redeem himself.

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In its second year, the label’s staff has escalated to 30 and four Green St. Records acts were nominated for the C-U Music Awards. These students also do everything from booking shows and setting up recording times to providing each band with a manager and publicist, Morton said. Green St. Records is now gearing up for the release of their second album on April 23. Release shows will be held at The Canopy Club in Urbana on Saturday and at Highdive in Champaign on April 24. With the plan of distributing 2,500 albums, the label has used their love of music to showcase the talent of local bands and make their music available to the University students. “I have to say the best part is working with everyone for such an awesome common goal,” said Brittany Cadwalder, a member of the marketing staff. “We take it seriously. It’s something we really believe in.”

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Min’s work is a bit more conventional than Quitmeyer’s. It is a mixture of concert and studio clips, as well as just casual shots of the band hanging around. He limits his artistic input, saying that it is “more important to show the effort the band puts into their music than to compromise that idea with the director’s own artistic vision.” “Particularly in dealing with concert footage,” Min said, “you need to have dynamic action from different points of view to sync up with the music, or else you’re really going to lose the viewer’s interest.” “It’s an incredible challenge in selecting footage since, in many cases, the lighting of the video can be inconsistent and poor transitioning can produce a disruptive effect on a smooth visual experience,” he said. “(IFV) has been an incredible source as an amateur filmmaker, not only through the availability of cameras and equipment but also through the sheer experience of working with others that are equally as passionate about filmmaking as you.” Even if there is technical equipment and willing actors available, a common problem for such

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upcoming filmmakers is shoestring budgets. Obtaining necessities like props, sets and quality lighting can be significant obstacles. Often, improvisation, tenacity and a willingness to get a little dirty can pay off. Quitmeyer’s solution for limited resources was finding costumes in the trash and paying his stars in creative, and edible, ways. He said,“The most interesting thing I have found with working with a film is that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough.” Despite such difficulties, the common denominator for any student project is ingenuity and willpower. The IFV exists to bring together such film virtuosos. “No matter the scope of the project,” Lukeman said, “there are always students interested in working on movies on campus, and we try to help these people find each other.” buzz

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Seth Hubbard, head of Polyvinyl promotion and publicity, says the label was once pegged as an emo, but he believes things have changed in the past couple of years. “The goal is to try and put out stuff that everyone knows that when Polyvinyl puts something out they know it’s going to be good, but they don’t really know what it’s going to sound like,” Hubbard said.“We want to be known as a label that’s going to put good stuff out every time and not just a specific genre.” The first bands on Polyvinyl were Braid and Rainer Maria. Members of Braid were old friends of Lundsford, and Rainer Maria was picked up after playing a show in Champaign. Though Braid has disbanded, they remain popular on the indie circuit. “The Braid guys were just old friends before we even had any kind of label,” Lundsford said. “And we started putting out 7inches for them and putting on shows for them.” Currently, Polyvinyl has signed 12 active bands.The bands were attracted to the label through word of mouth or through other Polyvinyl bands. The label’s prerequisites for signing a band include hard-working artists and music that everyone at Polyvinyl likes. The label has two local bands on their label, but they are looking to expand their local roots. “More specifically, we’re looking to continue putting down more roots in Champaign and being able to draw more from the community like we have in over the last eight to nine months since we’ve been in this office,” Lundsford said.“It’s really nice to be more centralized and be able to have interns from schools or just people interested in having experience.” As an independent label, Polyvinyl enjoys the freedom of having a casual atmosphere and the room to build a label of musicians who make honest music. Their goal of becoming a versatile label that guarantees good music every time has been achieved with the sounds of the Mates of States eccentric organ-drum harmonization to the mellow melodies of Ida. Polyvinyl works to keep an artist-friendly label. “We do what we do in order to put out records that are real and are honest pieces of work by bands that really deserve to have some exposure,” Lundsford said.

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Diener’s uncle first introduced him to the world of music by playing acoustic blues. After exploring the blues, he instantly became drawn to other kinds of music, such as reggae and African music. Bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones also helped Diener build his passion for music. Growing up in the Washington D.C. suburbs, the Diener family had little money to spare. So Diener shopped for music at used record stores. He was, and still remains, skeptical of chain stores like Best Buy. “All that stuff changes.Their music is in six months and out the next,” Diener said. “It’s just disposable music.” Record Swap buys used LPs, CDs and cassette tapes and also orders new items from various dealers across the country. When CDs took over the music market, Diener purchased WPGU’s entire 15,000-record collection. Many have heard time and time again from their elders, “You call that music?” Diener, 49, recognizes that there is still great music being made today—you just have to dig around a bit to find it. “There’s a wealth of musical talent out there, but you got to get past the crap first,” Diener said. Customers enjoy digging through Diener’s thousands of albums that line the store walls and fill the huge stacks and shelves. Most wind up finding a treasure. The Record Swap has been known to recognize a talented band or artist and get their work on the shelves before their music becomes mainstream. Diener imported U2’s and Nirvana’s first two CDs before either landed a record deal and hit the radio waves. The store even has its own record label. ZIMBOB inc. was founded in 1993 and distributes, releases and sells music from Zimbabwe, Africa. Record Swap manufactures ZIMBOB CDs and also imports Zimbabwean cassettes, books and musical instruments.This label is an example of the culturally diverse selection the store offers. Customers can visit the store’s Web site at www.recordswap.com. You can even email the store with a want-list, and they will try to locate your music and have it ready for you to purchase. Record Swap also sells a wide selection of T-shirts, buttons, stickers and incense. buzz

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id you hear about the incident at the Natural History Building? Well, apparently something, or maybe some … one, is missing. All anyone knows is that a mummy is gone, and students are being murdered in, well, a really predictable fashion. If you see a cloth-wrapped revenant and its bloody trail of dispatch, then you will probably also see Chris Lukeman and a band of Illini Film and Video auteurs. At it for almost a year, The University of Illinois vs. A Mummy is the IFV’s most recent concoction of cinema science. Lukeman, president of the club and the film’s director, describes the movie as “straight out horror-comedy, with lots of lame one-liners, cheesy blood special effects, and U of I in-jokes and references.” As for the student film group, “IFV’s main goal has always been to network experienced directors, to actors, to crew, who then in turn learn the ropes of student filmmaking and become the directors themselves.” Conceived in the fall of 1999 by Andrew McCallister and Mike Stone, the RSO provides a forum for would-be directors, actors, editors and producers, as well as a film festival in the spring. If a person has an idea, willpower and some organization, the club, its members and its resources can make the script come to life. Above just a networking arena, the club has steadily built up a sizable arsenal of production tools. Lukeman described the equipment: “IFV currently has several high-quality cameras as well as several less expensive models. Each cam is augmented by a lighting and sound kit, as well as several other odds and ends. Along with our cameras, we have an editing station running Final Cut Pro 4.5.” It is just a matter of practicality and the languishing attention span of teens that short film is the modus vivendi of young directors. Plus, with computer-based editing it is quite simple to create a montage of sights and sounds. Because of this, music videos are a common style choice for amateur film. The art of the music video has grown up along with its first audience, providing ample inspiration. What were originally simple compilations of quick cuts and angled shots of musicians have evolved to mini-narratives and lavish productions.

Since the birth of MTV, music videos have been commodified and mass marketed, while at the same time enlightened and complicated. Often times just a sham production meant to glamorize the so-called musicians while in other cases a thoughtful political statement, the medium has been versatile. Many IFV members have made their own music videos, either with the club or on their own. Andy Quitmeyer created a, to put it mildly, tongue-in-cheek work for rapper Boombox $14.99. He summarizes it as a piece that “deals with the serious issue of faulty pimp cups improperly dispensing their pimp juice.” “Throughout a single day,” he said,“we follow each rapper through his take on cup spillage, with a short intro and even a nice rappers’ picnic.” When questioned about recurring themes in his work, Quitmeyer said, “In reviewing all my films, some of the most salient themes include hookers, ripping people in half and my bare chest.” True to his word, the video of the song “Cup Don’t Pour Right” is eclectic and, yes, contains prostitutes, dismemberment and a host of other eccentric, funny oddities. It clips along to the song’s fast tempo with quick cuts and sped-up motion. The backdrop changes frequently too, ranging from a kitchen to a luxury car dealership to the now infamous St. Louis Arch. As for artistic inspiration, he said, “If some part of my mind thinks, ‘Hey, we should do something like that Spike Jonze,’ then the rest of me will try to do the opposite and somehow everything will eventually balance out.” Actually, though its plot is bizarre, the work has been well received. “The film has been accepted to six various film festivals across the country, including one at The Canopy Club on April 9 and the prestigious New York Independent International Film Festival this June,” Quitmeyer said. Currently working on another music video is fellow IFV member Brian Min.The feature band is Blame Twilight, a “four-piece melodic hard rock/alternative band based out of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.”

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Carrying everything from Zepplin to reggae, Record Swap in downtown Urbana has been selling new and used LPs, CDs and cassette tapes for more than 20 years. Although the store contains nearly every genre of music, it features large collections of rock, jazz, soul, blues, world and imported music. Owner Bob Diener opened the Record Swap in 1979 with his brother Ted in the Chicago suburbs. The store now resides at 110 Race St. Diener’s love for music began at the age of 15 when his interest in baseball began to fade. “When I was a kid I could spend six hours in a record store,” Diener said. “That was half the fun of it.”

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Clemeth Abercrombie is an engineering student at the University of Illinois. However, he does live sound mixing at venues such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Cowboy Monkey. He’s also worked in Chicago and St. Louis with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Slipknot.

When you’re not doing schoolwork or sound work, what do you like to do?

If you don't count changing the sound of my parent's speakers by ripping the cones out of them as a toddler, about seven years.

Explore the sensory extravaganza that is Champaign-Urbana by finding things to do that most people wouldn’t think of—such as repelling down large parking garages. I also like to check out the local music and touring acts that come to town. A few drinks here and there never hurt anything, either.

Describe the sound work you do.

Who is your favorite local musician?

How long have you been working with sound?

I do live sound mixing. That means when you're at a club, outdoor festival or theatrical production—I'm the guy standing behind the big thing with lots of knobs. I take all the instruments of the band and vocals and mix them to create a musical landscape that is pleasurable and familiar. Why did you get interested in sound?

Music has always been the driving force in my life, and not in the “my friends listen to this, and they're cool, so it must be cool” sort of way. An amazing harmony or the perfect tone will bring me to tears faster than about anything else on earth. Combine this passion with an interest in all things scientific (read: nerd), and you have the recipe for a sound engineer. I’m also a musician. Does this somehow relate to your major in engineering?

My coursework and research are in the field of architectural acoustics. Architectural acoustics is the study of how sound travels in and reacts to different rooms and environments. Live sound mixing gives me the chance to explore acoustics in real application and atmospheres.

Although this means I’ll probably get snide looks from all the others the next time I run sound for them, I’ll go ahead and pick one:The Living Blue. What do you hope to do in the future?

I will be working as a consultant with architects aiding in the design and renovation of performance spaces around the world. However, I would like to continue doing live sound on the side because I truly enjoy it. Do you have anything to add?

Sound is an enormous part of our lives. Try to develop your ears— listen to all the things you hear walking down the street and the rhythms and melodies they create.Then take that level of definition to your music listening. You will find that the tone and texture of each sound you hear makes as much of a contribution to the song as the chords and words. Most importantly, if it’s too loud, WEAR EARPLUGS because it can all go away if you don’t.

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game last week, I did what any self-respecting fan would have done: I ate mass quantities of food. Because I loaded up on cheese, bread and ice cream the game before, I decided to skip the crap food this time and eat a real dinner. Having heard much about Red Herring’s Monday night all-you-caneat vegetarian buffet, I invited along math major Ethan Bakshy for a little food exploration. Originally, I had intended on dining with someone else that Monday but due to an unfortunate stingywallet problem, the date canceled. So, I figured I’d ask Ethan if I could move his date up a week. I was grateful that he was able to come on such short notice and was not an obnoxiously cheap, vegan grad student. Interestingly enough, Ethan loves animals—especially eating them. But he was fine with eating at a cheap vegetarian buffet.

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take a breather at this moment, Ethan courteously offered to grab me a cup of water and mango milk. When he returned, we made some small talk about the big game and our impressions of the restaurant. Like myself, Ethan appreciates a good meal and seemed to be satisfied with his. We ended the meal on a sweet note with the pumpkin cake. A delicious combination of pumpkin, cloves, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg, the cake was moist and spicy. Generally, I associate pumpkin spices to be served in autumn with a cup of coffee, but this dessert was an ideal complement for the zesty meal we had just consumed. I felt full but content. Granted, I felt a bit worse later during the game, but at least it wasn’t due to the meal. I barely even snacked, except for a little bit afterwards when I was trying to comfort myself. Thankfully, I can relive my moment of happiness now that I have the recipes in my possession, and I can try them out myself. I look forward to checking out the other menu items offered for the remainder of the school year and perfecting my cooking technique as well. I was also pleased that I ended up dining with Ethan instead of some picky miser and that he enjoyed himself as well. Savory and nourishing, I thought the Red Herring vegetarian buffet was a feel-good meal at an inexpensive price. If you too happen to suffer from stingy-wallet syndrome, loosen it up and indulge $5 for delicious dining at the Red Herring. Are you interested in being featured in an exclusive newspaper article? Are you lonely and in search of a dinner date? Consider accompanying Carly Fisher on her next food review! Send inquiries to dinnerwithcarly@gmail.com.

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tions were very generous, and the servers were very informative about explaining the various dishes.Also, I was delighted to learn that they were more than willing to share their recipes. But first I would need to see if it was worth it. The menu for the week included kichani, zucchini pakora, tomato chutney and chips, cream of potato soup and pumpkin cake. I started with the cream of potato soup, which had been seasoned with dill. I appreciated the light consistency of the soup and addition of fresh dill, countering the traditionally starchy feeling eating potatoes produces. I moved on to the kichani: a rice dish with lentils, fresh vegetables and spices. I was impressed by the unique flavors that were clearly an influence of home cooking.Very filling but definitely not heavy. It combined particularly well with the other items. The tomato chutney was a sweet medium for the vegetable chips it was served with, as well as the zucchini pakora. Pakora is a delicately pan-fried vegetable in a spiced chickpea batter.Though I am usually wary of fried foods, I thought the pakora’s fried flavor was not overbearing. Needing to cleanse my palate and

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Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi is a modified electrical engineer with a balanced program of engineering and music classes at the University of Illinois. The Virginia Beach,Va., native is also a practicing DJ with a substantial resume of albums and live performances under his belt. He has been a part of a number of side projects, such as the Animate Objects and is most often seen these days with Black Tie Elephant. Recently picked up by Green Street Records, who released a single by Hamidi-Toosi and DJ Spinnery last year, the local company will also be the home of his forthcoming record. He will also be found Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Illinois Disciples Foundation, where several other acts will be hosting an event titled “Big Soup� featuring music, food and Nintendo. What kinds of goals do you aim for when you sit down to compose a track?

That’s hard to say. I don’t really set goals for tracks, they tend to have a life of their own, and I just help them along the way. Sometimes it’ll just hit me, and I’ll hear a melody in my head. Usually it happens at the worst possible moment, when I’m in class or five miles from a tape recorder. Other times I will play around with combining and recombining different loops and sounds together

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I feel like the C-U scene has a lot of potential, but for some reason there is a lack of energy. I think it has something to do with nobody identifying with Urbana-Champaign, you know? Nobody seems to want to be here, or they feel that Urbana-Champaign can never live up to Chicago (it can). This town is very much a temporary place for a lot of people, and I think people don’t want to invest the time and energy it takes to make stuff happen because they’ll be leaving soon. There are some exceptions to this, though. I really think UC Hiphop has an energy, which is why I got involved with them. They are constantly working and doing stuff for the sake of fun and for the sake of music and that’s what it’s about.

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Haha, well everything sort of sounds mixed up to me already. The first music I was ever exposed to was jazz and classical music and then by following Miles Davis I was exposed to free jazz, bop, funk and fusion. Later on I started getting into electronic stuff, hip-hop and the early ‘90s indie bands my older sisters listened to. What’s weird is just how mixed up these genres are to begin with. Hip-hop and jazz, electronic and classical, hawaiian and blues, no genre is pure. My favorite artists are the dynamic ones that don’t have an allegiance to any one style, yet retain their own unique sound.

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I started experimenting with vocals a bit, which was scary. Dealing with musical fragments and how to arrange them together became a big issue after my computer crashed halfway through recording, and I lost two years of work.All the songs were shattered into a million pieces on my hard drive, little pieces of a drum loop here, little pieces of vocals there, a burst of noise in the middle of a guitar solo. It was a huge mess. I wasn’t going to release it, but figured I’d give it a shot and try to put it back together, so I could have some sort of closure with the project.

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It’s not like we want to rage more and more with each record, or like we want to get more and more mellow, or like we wanna to be like Daft Punk‌you know what I mean, or strip down into nothing.

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ake, in its edible form, is prepared in a formulaic manner. Yes, there are some strikingly innovative pastries that can be defined by the term—German chocolate, pineapple upside-down or virtually any wedding cake—but at the heart of it all is purely a little flour, some eggs, milk and of course, sugar. No one can deny the blissful simplicity of a frosty slice of chocolate cake. “We don’t ever want to try and reinvent ourselves, because we have a decent sound. We’re a five-piece band with the same guitar, bass, drums and ‘trumpet.’ We play and come up with arrangements that fit each song ‌ so yeah, we’ve just sort of maintained a consistency, and we just try to get better and better with the configuration we have,â€? states the Latin-tinged trumpet man Vincent Di Fiore, one of the band’s inherently stylized and basic elements. To the Sacramento-based, post-alternative/funkedified deadpan poets, Cake, the band, embraces its simplicity, achieving complexity with a sort of instrumental minimalism. However, since their low-fi origins, represented by 1992’s Motorcade of Generosity, explosion into the airwaves in ’96 with the flat sarcasms of Fashion Nugget’s “I Will Surviveâ€? and “The

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rock and roll itself,and instead of getting on the bandwagon and saying ‘yee-haw’ and getting on with the big party of rock, maybe there are some things wrong with it.And you know we make that a part of the commentary. People think of rock itself as being iconoclastic, but really it’s just going along with the status quo. So maybe we’re called iconoclastic because of observations that we sometimes make about the rest of the rock and roll world.� Despite misunderstood critics and angry predecessors, both Volcano Entertainmentproduced albums, Fashion Nugget and Prolonging the Magic, achieved platinum status; the subsequent Comfort Eagle (Columbia) went gold.And with the release of their new album Pressure Chief, Cake has launched a 20-city headlining tour with British rockers Gomez. Almost exclusively stopping at college campuses, the band is indeed surviving the business. Di Fiore further exudes their iconoclastic style, “I think that maybe in Seattle once someone described us as quixotic, which I thought was a pretty good description. You know he’s someone who was attacking windmills with his spear.� Sticking with those same ingredients, guitar, bass, drums and Di Fiore’s trumpet line, Pressure Chief is dynamically consistent. McCrea heightens his barren tone all too often on tracks suck as “No Phone� and “Wheels� but still manages to keep that smirk on his face. Being the first time the band has recorded in their own studio, an allcontrolling freedom empowered each musician to contribute as they saw fit.“We engi-

neered it ourselves, produced it ourselves and arranged it ourselves ‌ it made some things a little bit more punchy and gritty. A lot of people say that this album reminds them a lot of our first record, Motorcade of Generosity because they’re both scrappy records. We kind of sound a little bit like a garage band that’s using a lot of tools at our disposal to make that garage band sound work,â€? states Di Fiore. Cake stays true to their mantra in the face of the all-consuming cycle of the music industry and commercialism. Donning the home page of their Web site, a quote from the late Hunter S.Thompson reads, “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.There’s also a negative side.â€? Comparably, Di Fiore sums up the bands iconoclastic ideology, “Cake is a four-letter word with some phonetic oomph. It’s meant to be a verb; when food gets caked on your fingers or culture caked up on itself; the accumulation of wasteful physical matter, consumption, whether it be culture or material.â€? He continues, reflecting on the Thompson quote, “It’s an exciting, action-packed evil world of rock and roll ‌ makes you feel like a G.I. Joe soldier amidst it all.â€? buzz Cake will appear Wednesday, April 20 at the Assembly Hall.Tickets are $26 and the show starts at 7pm with opening bands Robbers on High Street and Gomez.

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Distance,� and subsequent self-proclaimed detachment from the grunge scene, critics and musicians alike have been slamming the pastry crusader’s sound as derivative and ideals contemptuous. In a June 2004 MetroActive magazine interview with bass player Victor Krummenacher of Camper Van Beethoven —recently re-united influential/iconoclastic indie band of the ’80s—the bassist declared that Cake would not even exist if it weren’t for CVB’s existence. “[Cracker guitarist] Johnny Hickman and I have this joke, the ‘Look what you have wrought’ joke, you know, when you have something that’s just obviously Camper-derived. Like, we played with Cake ... God, it’s like they couldn’t have existed without us, and I hate them so. They’re just completely contemptuous of their audience—I just feel like John McCrea exudes that attitude. I don’t care if he reads this and sees me saying horrible things about him. I think he sucks. I think many things kind of suck these days. I don’t see people pushing the musical envelope very often.� Ironically, CVB has actually been credited, or rather accused, of creating the very genre they claim to despise, iconoclastic indie-rock. Nevertheless, take the lyrics from the immensely popular Gloria Gaynor cover,“I Will Survive,� “Well now go/Walk out the door/Just turn around/ Now, you’re not welcome anymore/ Weren’t you the one/ Who tried to break me with desire?/Did you think I’d crumple?/Did you think I’d lay down and die?� Frontman John McCrea didn’t write them of course, but Cake was cited as mocking the music biz with his smirky tone. Thus, the band, at times, suffers this pigeonholed, artistic misunderstanding by various critics. McCrea’s deadpan sarcasm is labeled contemptuous toward the American public when it’s meant to be universally accessible social commentary. Di Fiore iterates, “We make commentary about

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requirements through innovative set design. It is entirely possible that the Penny Dreadful Players will never have demand for so much spandex ever again, and PVC pipe has never been so tastefully displayed. Stetak mixes many classical conventions into his shockingly novel work, paying tribute to the ancient Greeks by including a chorus who provides the audience with useful plot and character information. In the spirit of groundbreaking student theatre, however, even this chorus is given a twist because they actually affect the action within the play—all adorned in miniskirts and tall boots. The provocatively dressed chorus makes up only a fraction of the eclectic cast, filled with explosively over the top and ridiculous characters. It is a melodrama, after all. Troubled heroes and megalomanical villains abound, along with a special appearance by the cast of Three’s Company and even God, the omnipotent creator of Heaven and Earth (who is performed with all the thundering awe and power deserving of the King of all deities). Stetak scripted his surreal bedlam with a definite self-awareness, transforming some heart-wrenching moments into big laughs. An onstage fatal drug overdose is swept away by indifferent hilarity; death by laser is playfully understated; and a massive orgy is treated with the cutesy camp of a children’s cartoon show. Stetak is proud of the show’s range, calling it a “cornucopia of different styles� with “a melodramatic framework, a touch of sci-fi, with some interspersed interpretative dance and fight scenes.� The play will be shown by the Penny Dreadful Players on April 15 and 16 at Greg Hall. That just happens to be Mom’s Weekend, so ditch the traditional boring “this is what I do every weekend mom, honest!� activities and take your mommy dearest to something that speaks on your true college career: debauched and hectic. Your mind will thank you.

narrators. John Ritter. A dazzling array of laser pistols. Orange juice. Such is the theatrical madness sprung from the mind of Steve Stetak; and the writer/director hopes that his audience will find the odd collage mind-warpingly entertaining. Stetak is a senior in the engineering department who can only be accurately described as “slimfunktascent.� His mellow posture and soft-spoken attitude do not do justice to the bubbling maelstrom of creativity that inhabits his mind. He wrote Cigarettes and Purple Pillz, or how my New Bathroom Tile Changed my Life: A Melodrama for the Post Modern Age (with appropriately loosened morals*)—his first full-length play—and is presenting it through the Penny Dreadful Players. The Penny Dreadful Players have long been an outlet for student writing, turning the fevered brain-children of many students into living, breathing realities. Dan McArdle, treasurer of the Penny Dreadful Players and “Security Force Guy 1� in Cigarettes and Purple Pillz says, “It truly is an honor to work with Mr. Stetak. I am a person who greatly enjoys working towards developing new work.There is nothing more enjoyable than getting to create the characters and stories for the first time.� The three-act parade of the eccentric is based off of the music of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult—many of the characters are inspired by the group’s cryptic lyrics, and the show features a few scenes infused with its charming industrial fare. “I was listening to this song called ‘Starmartyr,’ and I thought to myself, ‘this would be a really cool dance scene in a play,’ and well that’s how it started,� says Stetak, hands adorably dug deep into his pockets. Though the extended title boasts *it’s about drugs and porn, the plot is anything but simple. Featuring about as many violent twists and turns as a Dickens novel, Cigarettes and Purple Pillz is as ambitious as it is bizarre—the script calling for scenes across the globe, in dark fortresses and even back in time! One particular scene requires the characters to be shrunk down to a microscopic size and enter the reproductive organs of another character. Naturally, such a diverse range of settings might cause some problems, but Stetak manages to meet his rigorous self-imposed Rehearsal for Cigarettes and Purple Pillz by Steve Stetak.

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The local music scene of the early and mid ’90s was really something unique. The bands were not only good, the bands changed the way you listened to music, and if you were a musician, they changed the way you composed music. I was lucky to be in the center of it all: I was the live and local music DJ on WEFT, 90.1FM from ’92-00. A recap of the national recognition our music scene was getting around that time, in no particular order: -Poster Children were on Sire/Reprise -Titanic Love Affair were featured in Rolling Stone -Hum signed with RCA -Menthol signed with Capitol -Hardvark signed with Geffen -Moon 7 Times signed with Roadrunner Records -Adam Schmidt had a deal with Reprise -Lorenzo Music Philharmonic (later LMNOP) had their video shown on Late Night with Conan O’Brien -Lovecup was given an offer by CBS Records Later on, Braid, Sarge and Castor were also getting recognition nationally. There were so many brilliantly creative bands, and I won’t attempt to list them all, but some that come to mind are Hot Glue Gun, Honcho Overload, Suede Chain, Jumpknuckle, Bale, Superhero Forehead, Milo, Apostles on Strike, C-Clamp, Corndolly, Liquorette, The Grand Vizars, Grover, Dick Justice, Hushtower, Swoon, Bantha, Orange Whip, Spark, The Bludgers, Steakdaddy 6, 16 Tons, and many more.There was also a strong metal scene, with bands such as EKG, Clockwork Orange, Third Stone,

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Lovengineer,Test of Fate, Daggagod, Section 8, Deaden, and Hate Choir. Run, do not walk, to find these bands’ music! I have been through so much with the local music scene here, so I am not at a shortage for information, but there is one band that everyone must know about: LOVECUP. Ask anyone from that era about Lovecup, and you will see instant recognition in their faces.They were highly influential to many bands—Hum among that group. Rather than get into details, it is fair to say that Lovecup’s influence showed clearly when you compare Filet Show to Electra 2000, the difference being that along with Matt taking over on vocals, he got Tim Lash to play guitar, who played a lot with TJ Harrison of Lovecup. The influence TJ had on Tim’s playing, as well as with so many other musicians, was pretty profound. It’s safe to say that TJ is a musical genius, as is Lovecup guitarist Mark Baldwin (many have, knowingly or not been inspired by Mark’s style); the combined efforts of their creative minds started an explosion. Everyone was sure that Lovecup would be the band to put C-U on the map. At Treno’s (now The Bread Co.), a local music entrepreneur, Sasha Martens, would put on shows called “HUM vs. LOVECUP.” Lovecup would always “win,” meaning more people packed in to see Lovecup than did for Hum. I recall a moment where TJ came outside when Hum was playing and said to my friends and I,“Hey, what are you guys doing outside? You need to go on in and check out Hum too.” So whenever I meet a newer Hum fan, I feel obligated to expose them to Lovecup. Usually, their reaction is very dry, as if to say that they still think Hum is better. Perhaps you had to be there to understand.

but at least know that without Lovecup’s influence, Hum would not have had quite the sound they did. Lovecup really shook the ground in C-U (Literally. They were the loudest band in town). They were the reason I got into the local music scene, and they were the first local band I ever saw, when they opened for Hot Glue Gun in ’91 at the original Blind Pig—I was hooked. They crossed genres and appealed to the alternative, punk, (emo was not “invented” yet—Braid did that later) metal and grunge scenes. It’s about time Lovecup be given its dues! As a person who’s been involved in the CU local music scene as a DJ, booking agent, audio engineer, guitarist/singer/bassist and all around fan, I will always hold Lovecup as the most influential band of the C-U scene during that period.The current direction of my band, Triple Whip, is an homage to that era of music. Santanu is guitarist for Triple Whip (next appearing April 24 at the Highdive). For more information about Lovecup see “The Unofficial Lovecup Site” at http://www.h-um.net/lovecup. SETH FEIN • CONTRIBUTING WRITER

One reason I was inclined to get involved in the C-U music scene was my experiences as a senior at Urbana High School. This was 1996-97; the smoke from the major label signing spree had cleared and the emo scene was flourishing. A friend had put out a 7” of a band called Hand To Mouth (an excellent band) and when I saw her at a Braid show she looked at me, asking, “Where’s your backpack?” It was comments like these that prompted my band, Absinthe Blind, to join up with three others, all in college and form the Toast Music Collective. We were more interested in making music than fitting in—silly name, I know, but at the time, we were about as indie as indie gets—we just didn’t sound like we were about to cry at the crescendo of every song. Each band had a distinct sound: Token was a three-piece groove act infused with G. Love. Jove was our resident electronic rock group. Marble, who had more talent in it than just about any band that’s ever played here, was Jeff Buckley meets Cake. Absinthe Blind was listening to The Verve and made sure that no practice was without a new effects pedal. We got together twice weekly to discuss our ideas for turning heads and making the collective work. Every decision was democratic and had to be endorsed by every band: in just a few short months, we started accomplishing our goals. There was never anything less than a packed house at Toast shows, as we rotated the order in which we played and promoted ourselves in new and

innovative ways that made flyering look like a joke. For example, in April ’98, Absinthe Blind bassist Mike Zolfo, Beauty Shop frontman John Hoeffleur (he was the bassist in Jove) and myself constructed a 6’ piece of Toast out of cardboard and placed it atop the main kiosk on the quad. We stood and watched as people noted it from afar and then, as they approached, gazed at gigantic letters that spelled out “BLIND PIG TONIGHT 9PM.” By 1 pm, just before it rained, WICD Channel 15 was on site, reporting on it for the 6:00 news. Toast stopped doing shows in ’99, but the remnants of the collective can be found everywhere, in C-U and beyond. Cortisol, Headlights, The Beauty Shop, Sanya n’ Kanya, Jenny Choi and planesmistakenforstars carry members of our loving little group with them today. It was the most exciting time of my life. Seth Fein is former drummer of Absinthe Blind and the only employee of the Urbana Booking Co. KYLE GORMAN • MUSIC EDITOR

“[The Quaker] was this older guy—He didn’t have hair on the very top of his head, but he had really long black hair—he worked at a place called Record Swap [now located in downtown Urbana], upstairs, right next to where Murphy’s is: it was all filled with records … I mean, there were no CDs yet. So every Tuesday new records would come out, and we would go to the record store and find out what to buy. Right on the front racks there would be these wooden shelves and they’d all have new records: there would be ten, fifteen or twenty new records. The coolest records would have these plastic sleeves, and they’d have these little stickers, in orange, pink and green, and the Quaker would write record synopses on them. They would always say something like ‘dark, driving post-punk reminiscent of Hüsker Dü.’ Sometimes he’d have a lot to say, and the dots would go all the way down the record, and you’d think, ‘Oh my goodness, this is probably great.’ It was the first place I ever heard Sonic Youth—”Bad Moon Rising” was recommended—and also things like the Cocteau Twins and Throwing Muses’ first album, which was import only. I discovered a band called the Volcano Sons through the Quaker—they seemed like the greatest band in the world. You’d find out about Mission of Burma there.At the time,WEFT was there—in fact the Quaker had a radio show—but there wasn’t a regular cool radio station;WPGU was still classic rock. So, this was the radio station: the way you heard about new music was that he recommended it—you wouldn’t actually hear the songs beforehand, sometimes.” As told to Kyle Gorman by Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack. Rick and Rose are founding members of The Poster Children and Salaryman. buzz

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ost would probably argue that the inherent humility of local, independent music probably wouldn’t jibe too well with the glitz, glamour and out-sized egos normally associated with an awards ceremony. Which is largely why our first annual local music awards succeeded. It seemed as if everyone was there simply to enjoy themselves, less a competition between artists than a celebration among them, thankful to be a part of such a fertile local scene.There was no couture nor botox to be found at the Highdive on April 7, only local columnist and MC Mike Coulter pouring a beer over his burnished cranium in honor of his friend, local music booking legend and that evening’s lifetime achievement award-winner Ward Gollings. And of course, much excellent local music. The evening began with Coulter and WPGU on-air personality Ryan Ricker who pretty much managed to offend everyone from Cubs fans to feminists to Jesus (probably) in the first few minutes. Good stuff. First up of the bands was Triple Whip who were debuting new drummer, Jane Boxall. Tha’ Whip turned in a typically charged performance with Boxall more than holding her own under the onslaught of Holly Rushakof ’s grinding, thunderous bass and Santanu Rahman’s strident vocals and razor-wire guitar. For the finale they called Mike Clayton of locals Mad Science Fair to perform the classic “I’ll Kill You” by Clayton’s old outfit Hot Glue Gun. Rahman claimed onstage that it was, “a song three of you probably remember,” but those three people were apparently in attendance along with many others who were more than impressed by Clayton’s screamin’ and hollerin.’ As the crowd settled to a dull roar, the awards ceremony continued with the award for best DJ given to DJ Bozak who thanked his father’s Run DMC 45’s among

others. Winners for best rock band, the impeccably dressed Lorenzo Goetz, graciously pointed out the talent of the other worthy nominees. And despite an unruly heckler, the members of Animate Objects genially accepted their award for best hiphop band, followed up by a performance by The Former Fat Boys aka WPGU DJ Shampooh, who rhymed over some prerecorded beats courtesy of his MP3 player. It was a post-Eminem type deal, replete with a cover of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” Next Brandon T. Washington, solo artist and frontman for Temple of the Low Men and Dawna Nelson took the stage for a laid back acoustic set of covers and originals. Nelson’s bluesy, soulful croon mixed just right with Washington’s booming intonation over an ideal cover of the highly underrated Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” The duo became a trio with the addition of Kilborn Alley’s Joe Asselin on harmonica for a bluesy workout, by the end of which Nelson was testifying a blues matched only by Asselin’s scorching harp solo. The music took a break for a round of new awards. The always-unique local personality Chef Ra handed out the award for best Roots/American Band to a visibly surprised Beauty Shop. Off stage lead singer Jon Hoeffleur humbly commented,“I think it’s to be judged individually—we all have our own opinions, but I’m grateful that anyone would take any kind of time out of their life to vote for anything that’s got anything to do with me.” Brandon T. Washington reappeared to pick up his best male artist award, respectfully pointing out how deserving the other nominees were. Kate Hathaway thanked the C-U music scene as a whole for her best female artist award. The Living Blue showed their appreciation to the crowd for their best live show award while ironically tuning up for their performance. Introduced by a breathlessly enthusiastic Cody Solkoski, of the Delta Kings,The Living

Blue demonstrated exactly why fans voted them the number one live band in C-U.The band tore their way through a couple of hits from the back catalogue, compelling arguments for the continued vitality of smart, visceral guitar rock. For the last song, the boys debuted a new number, presumably from their upcoming debut for Minty Fresh, beginning as a riff-heavy jook joint stomper and building up into a frantic rave-up, guitarist Joe Prokop spraying fuzzy psyche scuzz all over the proceedings. When asked after the show what the secret to a good live show is, lead singer Steve Ucherek said simply, “We love. We love each other, and we love what we do.” As earlier stated, Ward Gollings, booking agent for Highdive/Cowboy Monkey, pillar of the C-U music scene, and all around nice fella accepted his lifetime achievement award with much fanfare and chugging of beer. Best Record was handed out to The Living Blue for last year’s Living in Blue whereupon an inebriated Steve Ucherek returned to the stage and thanked everybody. And the moment everybody was waiting for, the award for best overall band, was bestowed upon Lorenzo Goetz. Lead

singer Larry Gates gave perhaps the most persuasive acceptance speech, reminding the audience how lucky they are for having such a music community and how much work it takes to be in a band. Lorenzo Goetz started off the last set with a nod to the scene’s past, covering Absinthe Blind’s “The Break” with exAbsinthe Blind/Headlights drummer Seth Fein pounding the skins.They led the crowd through their latest single “Jesus Elephant,” a woozy piece of psych-pop, perfect for the upcoming summer. Finally the boys capped off the evening with a bit of what they do best, a reggae-funk workout that got those in attendance dancing and sweating. Ultimately, Lorenzo Goetz were a fine choice to close the evening’s festivities as the celebratory mood of their set caught the feeling of the ceremony, a bunch of friends and fellow artists coming together to recognize one another. As Ward Gollings remarked, “I thought it was fabulous. Everything went well. I think people are going to go back for the second annual show. It’s going to become a quasi-legendary thing, like the Great Cover-Up.” buzz

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“Even with recording or making videos, we always start out with someone professional that helps us, but we always wind up unhappy with the results, and we learned that if we’re learning how to design while we’re working, there’s a personal aspect to it that really connects with people.” The emergence of better software and faster hardware presented them with the perfect opportunity to continue their tradition of home design and do so with a wider range of possibilities. “At the time, it was a real jump for people to go from doing photo-ready artwork to doing stuff on a computer,” Valentin recalls, describing the mid-90’s explosion of digital art software.“Whereas, we were really open to using computers for that kind of stuff. So for us, we could really pick up the software quickly and then it was a matter of learning design.” The looks they have developed for their albums since have been exemplary of their overarching artistic direction. “My inspiration for record design is the guy who did all the work for Factory Records in the early ’80s—Joy Division and The New Order. And those are very clean pristine designs,” Valentin explains. “But I feel like applying that to our band is kind of silly. That design doesn’t invoke our band.” Though their records always have a polished feel, the underlying concepts are

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most often simple and inspired, such as 2000’s DDD. “The DDD record is really, really sparse,” he describes, “but the whole concept behind that was the elimination of the product. It was the idea that now you have digital downloads. If you want information about the songs or the band, you just go to the Web site.” So even though initial reaction to their design—three token capital Ds on a white background—drew comments that the record looked more like a demo, the concept stuck, and in the end, it fell into place with the Poster Children’s signature minimalism. Their consistent in-house design began to synthesize a mirrored honesty between their music its visual packaging, cementing their practice as more and more routine while they became more and more experienced. “And that grew into Web work,”Valentin continues. “Because we were familiar with computer environments, Web design was not as intimidating.”Putting together their Web site long before most businesses had caught on to the potential of the Web, the couple’s computer science background once again proved invaluable for their band promotionally. “There weren’t that many band sites.We were lucky that we were living here in Champaign when one of the earliest Web browsers, Mosaic, was developed,”he asserts. “What happened was Rose learned how to do a Web site, and we didn’t have Web access—I mean visual image access.We just had a dial-up, so it was all text-based. So she

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posal speak volumes for the time they were creating in. “We went to Kinko’s and used a Xerox machine and Zipatone,” he says. Though Rick and Rose were well-versed in code and computer software, neither of them had a practical background in design.Thus, their early years were spent cutting their teeth on album cover design while they unknowingly waited for the crossover of traditional and digital design tools to begin. “The second record, we actually had a whole idea of what we wanted the record to look like.The label of the time,Twin/Tone, said,‘Okay, why don’t you tell this artist what your ideas are, and he’ll do all the work.' We did that and wound up with a record cover we really hated,” says Valentin. The result was more colorful than their white-on-black rub-on letters from Flower Plower but lacked the personalized touch that the Poster Children covet. That album Daisy Chain Reaction was the last and only time they let someone out-of-house design one of their album covers. “So by the time third record came about, Photoshop and Illustrator 1.0 or 2.0 were coming around. And we had Macs at our house.We said, ‘Well we’re not going to let other people reinterpret our ideas for us.’ I think that’s what continually happens with our band,” he states.

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has an interim bassist, as regular bassist Shane Cochran just left for a year of study in Japan. His replacement is David Gerkin of The Red Hot Valentines. Tonight at 8, G. Lee comes officially off hiatus and plays at Aroma. At 10, Nargile presents jigGsaw, Kate Hathaway Band, FCAB and Sincerely Calvin; cover is $5. Also at 10, at Cowboy Monkey, St. Louis trio Riddle of Steel opens for Captured! by Robots; cover is $6.This is the second show here for Riddle of Steel, whose new album Got This Feelin’ comes out June 21. A presale through Ascetic Records and a special vinyl release (red or white wax) through Robotic Empire Records are on schedule for May. Fresh from an appearance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cuban band Sandunga plays tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Aroma in connection with Boneyard Arts Festival. At 8 p.m., Angie Heaton performs solo at Borders.Also at 8 p.m., Owen, Snake the Cross the Crown and Colonel Rhodes return to Courtyard Cafe to play with Decibully. And at 10 p.m., Emotional Rec Club, The Greedy Loves, Mock Romeo and Killjoy Confetti share a bill at Nargile; cover is $5. Saturday, OpeningBands.com band of the month Relenter and i:scintilla will appear as a double header on a rescheduled episode of Distant Signals. Hostess Jana Robert will interview Relenter, with emphasis on keyboardist Robert Martz’s work experience, and i:scintilla will play acoustic for the second time ever. Distant Signals airs on 88.7 FM from 2 to 4 every Saturday afternoon.

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away from the tried and true. In fact, they do it quite well. Their single,“Penny, Look Down,” has a straight-up classic pop-rock/The Arcade Fire feel, with more emphasis on driving beats, blended vocals, and electric guitar than other tracks. It’s made to be catchy, and as soon as it hits daylight, it’s gonna catch on. The overall concept of the album may explain some of the sudden style changes between and within tracks. The album art is composed of a series of dramatic black and white photos of new subdivisions and urban sprawl, and the title seem to point to (duh) a commentary on the state of our great nation. Perhaps their scattered nature is a result of trying to truly find some sort of generational identity in a conflicted time. Or something philosophical like that. Decibully heralds Sing Out America!, their third album, as their first LP to be written as one cohesive unit from start to finish. This is a goal in which they may fall short due to the erratic nature of the tracks, but this may not necessarily be a bad thing. The former members of The Promise Ring come together to create an intriguing album that finally does justice to the energy of their live shows. Decibully will be appearing at the Courtyard Cafe this Friday at 8 p.m. The show also features Owen, the Snake The Cross The Crown and Colonel Rhodes.

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Every year of their adult lives, male Emperor penguins in Antarctica spend 60 consecutive days standing out in the frigid wastes without food as they guard and brood the eggs containing their offspring. Their ordeal reminds me a little of the story of your life lately, Taurus. You've been out in the cold doing your duty for a long time. But I believe you're ready to do something akin to what the male penguins do when the babies finally hatch and the mothers return from their 60-day vacations: feast and rest, rest and feast.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

If you're like most people, you have an ailment you've learned to live with. It's bothersome though not incapacitating. Maybe you've tried various treatments for it, but it never quite goes away, or it recedes for a while and returns in force. That's the bad news. The good news, Gemini, is that you now have extra power to zap that nagging malady. I suggest you start the process by having a dialogue with the affected part of your body. Explain to it why you really want it to heal itself now. Next step: Devote yourself to doing the research and getting the help that brings a total cure.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

A reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle said this about Judy Budnitz's book, Nice Big American Baby: "Reading Budnitz's stories is like experiencing the exhilaration of flight with the queasiness of vertigo. She can take you to new heights, but don't expect a comfortable ride." While this may be a good assessment of the book, it's also an apt description of your immediate future, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be veering back and forth between feelings akin to a rapturous flying dream and a dizzying free fall. Don't worry: There'll be a mostly happy ending, even if you feel a bit seasick as you arrive in the winner's circle.

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Henry David Thoreau took his relationship with nature as seriously as he did his connections with people. "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles," he said, "to keep an appointment with a beech tree or a yellow birch or an old acquaintance among the pines." This is an attitude I encourage you to emulate in the coming weeks, Leo. Nonhuman life forms will have a lot to give you. The great outdoors should be a classroom where you seek wisdom that will help you solve your most pressing questions, as well as a temple where you can go to bask in the presence of lively and surprising truths.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Two Indian mountain climbers recently got married in a place that symbolized the fearlessness they want to bring to their alliance. Along with the officiating priest, they hung 2,000 feet in the air, suspended from ropes between two mountains. I suggest you regard them as your metaphorical role models in the coming weeks, Virgo. You'll be getting unprecedented opportunities to enjoy adventures that involve collaboration, blending, and unification. Take imaginative advantage of those opportunities.

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SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The World Cow Chip Throwing Contest will be held this week in Beaver, Oklahoma. If you've got the time and inclination, I suggest you attend. It would be especially fortuitous if you not only watched the festivities, but also got a chance to compete. One way or another, Scorpio, you're going to have urges to sling dung--either the metaphorical or actual variety--and it would be far better to do it in a setting where such activity is sanctioned. That way, no reputations will be tweaked and no one will get hurt. If you can't make it to Beaver, Oklahoma, you should maybe arrange your own Cow Chip Throwing Contest in the nearest pasture. If you're an urban dweller, it would be worth driving out to the sticks.

S A G I T T A R I U S (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) "I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love," said Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. While that observation always applies to you, Sagittarius, it's especially true now. More than at any other time in the past 11 months, you require a flood of profuse, no-strings-attached love. I urge you to go out and do whatever's necessary to get it. By the way, you would also derive stupendous benefits from doling out lavish amounts of unconditional love. Your top priority, therefore, should be to both receive and give over-the-top generosity.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The Mohave Indians once had a tradition of "Great Tellings." Members of the tribe would gather together for many hours, sometimes over the course of a few days, to hear storytellers unfold long narratives about their people's history, with great attention paid to major turning points and heroic adventures. I suggest that you arrange some version of a Great Telling for you and yours, Capricorn. You need to remember where you came from. It's a perfect moment to get in touch with your origins and refresh yourself about all the influences that have led you to where you are today.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Speaking on behalf of the cosmic forces, Aquarius, I urge you to unleash a whole hell of a lot of gratitude in the coming week. I'm not talking about mumbling a few shy words of thanks here and there. I mean you should uncork a fireworks display of extravagant appreciation, delivered with boisterous cheer and expansive body language. Express your gratitude as if you were addressing not just the helper standing right in front of you, but every person, animal, spirit, landscape, and plant that has contributed to making your life as good as it is. Proclaim your reverent, praisefilled paeans of thanks as if you were giving the whole universe its proper due for its many blessings.

PISCES

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"What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness," wrote the artist M.C. Escher. Though he wasn't a Pisces, he could have been speaking for you and your tribe when he said that. You are the zodiac's top explorer of the darkness; you're a connoisseur of vivid and exotic mysteries that are often hard to translate into terms other people can understand. And though I know you must sometimes feel sad about how much of your experience is hidden, you should feel proud if you can, like Escher, bring even one percent of it alive in the sunlit realms. Now here's some really good news: In the coming weeks, you could raise that to a whopping 10 percent.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You've heard about horse whisperers, people who have a deeply intuitive, almost psychic rapport with horses. You may have also heard about baby whisperers, those who specialize in reading the body language and secret thoughts of infants. Well you, my dear Libra, currently seem to have the skills of a dove whisperer. If you like, you

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I think you're ready for your once-a-decade reminder from Anais Nin about the hazards of not growing. I first brought her pithy quote to the attention of the Aries tribe back in 1993. It had a salubrious effect on many of you, dissolving some of your crystallized fears and speeding up your evolution. Let's hope it works the same magic this time: "The day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." (P.S. Think back to where you were in 1993. It's time for you to leap to the next level as you resume working on a long-term project you began back then.)

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LAVA | 1906 W Bradley, Champaign 352-8714 LES’S LOUNGE | 403 N Coler, Urbana 328-4000 LINCOLN CASTLE | 209 S Broadway, Urbana 344-7720 MALIBU BAY LOUNGE | North Route 45, Urbana 328-7415 MIKE ‘N’ MOLLY’S | 105 N Market, Champaign 355-1236 NARGILE | 207 W Clark, Champaign NEIL STREET PUB | 1505 N Neil, Champaign 359-1601 THE OFFICE | 214 W Main, Urbana 344-7608 OPENSOURCE | 12 E. Washington,Champaign http://opensource.boxwith.com PARKLAND COLLEGE | 2400 W Bradley, Champaign 351-2528 PHOENIX | 215 S Neil, Champaign 355-7866 PIA’S OF RANTOUL | Route 136 E, Rantoul 893-8244 RED HERRING/CHANNING-MURRAY FOUNDATION | 1209 W Oregon, Urbana 344-1176 ROSE BOWL TAVERN | 106 N Race, Urbana 367-7031 SIDE BAR | 55 E. Main, Champaign 398-5760 SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER | 301 N Randolph, Champaign 355-1406 SPURLOCK MUSEUM | 600 S Gregory, Urbana, 333-2360 THE STATION THEATRE | 223 N Broadway, Urbana 384-4000 STRAWBERRY FIELDS CAFE | 306 W Springfield, Urbana 328-1655 TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES | 105 N Walnut, Champaign 352-8938 TK WENDL’S | 1901 S Highcross, Urbana 255-5328 TOMMY G’S | 123 S Mattis, Country Fair Shopping Center 359-2177 TONIC | 619 S Wright, Champaign 356-6768 UNIVERSITY YMCA | 1001 S Wright, Champaign 344-0721 URBANA CIVIC CENTER | 108 Water St., Urbana VERDE/VERDANT | 17 E Taylor, Champaign 366-3204 VIRGINIA THEATRE | 203 W Park Ave, Champaign 356-9053 WHITE HORSE INN | 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign 352-5945 ZORBA’S | 627 E Green, Champaign 344-0710

ART and THEATER Parkland College Student Fine Art Juried Exhibition 2005 Parkland College Art Gallery through May 7 Reception April 14, 5-8pm, Gallery Lounge Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, Mon-Thu, 68pm, Sat, 12-2pm

dynamic picture of the Middle East. Organized by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari.] Krannert Art Museum April 16-June 5. Gallery conversation and lecture from Radd April 28 at 7pm, KAM lobby Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm Suggested Donation: $3

Boneyard Events at OPENSOURCE [exhibition of the Danville Area Community College HIV/AIDS Awareness Project (featuring Richard Wilson); an OPENSOURCE Members’ exhibition; and performances by HUB, a non-traditional dance troupe] Friday, April 15, 5-11pm, Sat, April 16, 10am-7pm, free

Healing Works [display of art works by survivors of sexual violence] Independent Media Center through April 30

Petals & Paintings Benefit [in support of the museum's upcoming exhibitions and related educational programming. Features floral arrangements created by regional floral designers, in response to works of art from the museum's permanent collection.] Gala reception at Krannert Art Museum April 15, 6:30 8:30pm, $55 [Hors d'oeuvres, wine and music, painting raffle and silent auction] Free viewing April 16, 9am-5pm and April 17, 12-5pm

Here Again [a story told in daily installments of sound and distributed via the Internet. The IPRH featured work will include an expansion of the original 2004 installment.] IPRH through April 22 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm www.iprh.uiuc.edu

New York [photography by Michael Sherfield] Old Vic Art Gallery April 15 - April 30 Artist reception April 16, 5-8pm Mon-Thu 11:30am-5:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm Quantum Garden [original prints by Charles Segard] Aroma Cafe through June 4 Mon-Sun 7am-12am Festival of Quilts [quilt show, silent auction, vendor booths, and gift items for sale] Lincoln Square Mall April 15, 3-8pm April 16; 10am-6pm; April 17 12-5pm Emergence, International Women in the Arts [An international yet local exhibit, featuring artists and performers from all over the globe who live in the C-U community] Verde Gallery through April Artist’s reception April 14th, 7pmTue-Sat 10am- 10pm Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography [this exhibition ventures into uncharted territory with photographic and video installations and uses portraits by Arab photographers, including passport studio photographs, photo "surprise," itinerant photography, and group portraits to present a

50,000 Watts [drawings by UIUC Professor Ron Kovatch and new ceramics by retired SIU Professor Dan Anderson] Cinema Gallery through April 30 Tue-Sat 10am-4pm

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Light Show William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 9:30pm, $3-5 The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker.] Upon an empty stage a company of actors meets to rehearse and perform the Bard's bloodiest tragedy. However, the curse of the Scottish Play rears its evil head, ultimately answering the question "Why in the theatre do we fear to speak the name Macbeth?" Shakespeare's classic tale of blood, death, murder, lust, ambition and power turned inside out! For mature audiences only.] Armory Free Theater, 7:30pm & Midnight, free The Skin of Our Teeth [This zany play features George Antrobus, inventor extraordinaire, who with his wife, two children, and maid seem a typical American family living in New Jersey. However, they are also Adam, Eve, Cain, Lilith, and a daughter who survive the 'trifles' of everyday life from the Ice Age to world war. Come and enjoy this creative celebration of humanity's resilience, inventiveness, and will to survive] Parkland Theatre April 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 3 p.m. $6$10. call 351-2528 or visit www.parkland.edu/theatre for more information

monday April 18

Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post, 7pm, TBA Open Mic Night hosted by Brandon T. Washington & Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Quad Remedy [rock] Tommy G's, 10pm, free Finga Lickin' The Office, 10:30pm, free DJ UC Hip Hop presents Chill in the Grill The Canopy Club, 9pm, free Ear Candy [house DJs] Nargile, 9pm, free DJ Delayney [hip hop, soul] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Elise [deep sultry house] Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Missus Mike 'n Molly's, TBA

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Lectures, Meetings, Discussions The Future of Ethnic Studies at UIUC [panel discussion] Humanities Lecture Hall IPRH, 4pm, free Book Reading and Signing: Philip F. Deaver Pages for All Ages 7:30pm free Red Herring Fiction Workshop Channing-Murray Foundation 7:30pm Google Tips and Tricks Champaign Public Library 7pm, free

wednesday

Lectures, Meetings, Discussions 2nd Annual Celebration of Latinos in Medicine Pollard Auditorium in the Carle Forum, Carle Hospital, 6pm, free

tuesday

April 19

Live Music Open Jam/Open Mic hosted by Brandon T. Washington The Canopy Club, 9pm, 21+/free under 21/$2 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greelee Tommy G's, 10pm, free Kate Hathaway Band White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Open Stage Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon, 8pm, free DJ DJ Sophisto [house] Barfly, 10pm, free 80's Request Night with DJ Reaganomics Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Subversion: DJ ZoZo, DJ Evily, DJ TwinScin [goth, industrial, electro] The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ J-Philp OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub, 8pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's , 9pm-1am, free Theater Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre presents: Breaking the Silence [scenes addressing sexual assault, survival, support and speaking out] Illini Orange Snackbar 8pm, free

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Live Music Cake, Gomez, Robbers on High Street Assembly Hall, 7pm, $22/UIUC students, $16/non UIUC NORML & SSDP Hash Wednesday Benefit Show: Cornmeal, Apollo Project, Ambitious Pie Party, Zmick, Gueros All-Stars, TBA The Canopy Club, 7:30pm, $6/advance, $7/door Chambana Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 8pm, TBA In Your Ear Big Band The Iron Post, 9pm Ed O'Hara and Friends Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Alternative Spring Break Benefit: Sincerely Calvin, Nadafinga, Lovehammers, The Dog and Everything, TBA The Highdive, 9pm, $5 Apollo Project Nargile, 10pm, free Blues Night: Kilborn Alley Tommy's G, 10pm, free

would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the first ever WPGU/Buzz Local Music Awards such a success!!!

DJ Chef Ra Barfly, 10pm, free Salsa Night [salsa, mambo/bachata] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $2 DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free Dancing Tango Dancing Cowboy Monkey, 7:30pm, free

Because the music is all that matters.

Karaoke Liquid Courage Karaoke Geovanti's, 10pm-2am, free Lectures, Meetings, Discussions Open Poetry Night [writers may read their own work or just listen] Illini Union Bookstore,7-8 pm Mystery Book Discussion: “Out” by Natsuo Kirino Pages for All Ages, 7pm Kids Teddy Bear Picnic Champaign Public Library 9:30 or 10:30am, free

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thursday April 14

Live Music Acoustic Music Series: G. Lee Aroma, 8pm, free Astral Project The Iron Post, 8-11pm, TBA Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Jammin' Jimmy Bean Tommy G's, 9pm, free The Bryan Holloway Somethin' Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Captured! By Robots, Riddle of Steel [rock] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $6 Jiggsaw, Kate Hathaway Band, FCAB, Sincerely Calvin Nargile, 10pm, $5 Backyard Tire Fire Paulie's, 10pm, $4 DJ Generic DJ Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 8pm, TBA DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Bozak Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-12am, free Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign 8pm, $7-$9 Belly Dance for Fitness Gold’s Gym, Champaign 7:30pm, $7-$9 Wine Tasting Krannert Uncorked Krannert Art Center Lobby 5pm, free Film Human Rights Film Festival: “Ballot Measure 9” Illinois Disciples Foundation 7-9pm, free Lectures, Meetings, Discussions Poetry Reading: Red Herring Fiction Writers Pages for All Ages, 2pm Talkin’ About Your Health:

Diabetes Champaign Public Library 1pm, free

friday April 15

Live Music Sandunga Aroma, 5pm, free Bryan Holloway Trio [jazz] Cowboy Monkey, 5pm, $2 Kevin Hart The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Jammin' Jimmy Bean Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Coffee Shop Open Mic Wake the Dead Cafe 6-11pm, free Angie Heaton Borders, 8-10pm, free Decibully, Owen, The Snake The Cross The Crown, Col. Rhodes Courtyard Cafe, 8pm, TBA Umphrey's McGee The Canopy Club, 9pm, $15 Mother Popcorn The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Ear Doctor Busey Center, 9:30pm, free The Delta Kings [rock/blues] Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $5 Enamel, i:scintilla, Triple Helix Paulie's in Bloomington 9:30pm, $5 Emotional Rec Club, The Greedy Loves, Mock Romeo, Killjoy Confetti Nargile, 10pm, $5 Beggars Banquet [Rolling Stones tribute band] Tommy G's, 10pm, cover Grass Roots Revival Kickapoo State Park, Canoe Landing 5:30-7:30pm, all ages, free DJ DJ Elise Boltini, 6-10pm, free DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 9pm, TBA DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ J-Philip OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free Theater The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker] Armory Free Theater, 7:30pm & 12am, free

saturday

Special Events Habitat for Humanity’s "Race the Roof" 5K Run/Walk Crystal Lake Park, 10am

April 16

Live Music Ben Bedford Embassy Tavern, 9:30pm, TBA The Baldwin Brothers, The Fuzz Friends & Co., TBA, $3 Mark Smart [jazz looping] Aroma, 2pm, free Urbana Booking Co Presents the Local Cookout 2005: Headlights, The Living Blue, Lorenzo Goetz, The Beauty Shop, The Chemicals, Tractor Kings, The Pitch, Mike Ingram, DJ Mertz, 2ON2OUT The Canopy Club, 7pm, $5/advance or before 9, $8/at the door, after 9pm Grass Roots Revival Pages For All Ages, 7pm, free Isis "Mustardseed" Jones Borders, 8pm, free Painkillers The Iron Post, 8pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Bruiser and the Virtures [jump-blues/swing] Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $4 The Brat Pack Tommy G's, 10pm, cover These Arms Are Snakes, Divide by Zero, Scouts Honor Courtyard Cafe, TBA Honest Pod, Zeal, Rebels Without a Pause Wake the Dead, 6-11pm, $6 DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm, TBA DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Mellow Fellow [hip hop, retro, R&B] Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free Dancing Night Club Dancing with DJ Lin-O [swing/hustle/salsa] Cowboy Monkey, 6pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire, 9pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's, 9pm-1am, free

Kids Lemony Snicket [Kids gather to discuss the series through Book V and enjoy a snack] Pages for All Ages, 2pm Storytime Pages for All Ages, 11am, free

sunday April 17

Live Music Sting, Phantom Planet Assembly Hall, 7:30pm, $46 Hot Club d'Urbana The Iron Post, 8-11pm, TBA Kilborn Alley Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 8-11pm, TBA Mark Olson [of The Creekdippers and Jayhawks] Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, $10 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Free Rock Show: As Seen On TV Tommy G's, 9pm, free Star Course presents: Ben Kweller, The Living Blue Foellinger Auditorium, TBA $16/UIUC, $18.50/non Liquid Courage Open Mic Night Geovanti's, 8pm-12am, free The Starlight Ramblers Russell Park, Mahomet 12-1pm, free Afrikan-American Cultural Arts Program [Boys & Girls Club members doing a drum and dance performance] Russell Park, Mahomet 1:30-2:00pm The Farmers Market String Band Russell Park, Mahomet 2:00-3:30pm

............. Cabaret & Boneyard Arts Festival This weekend, get outside and experience Champaign-Urbana. The weather is supposed to be in the upper-60s this weekend—perfect to wander through Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Mahomet and peruse the artists, musicians and businesses that will fill the streets of Champaign County with art, music and people for the weekend’s Boneyard Arts Festival. A celebration of local businesses, artists and performers, The Boneyard brings showcases the partnership between art, culture and business in the community. The festivities begin Friday at 4 p.m. and continue through the weekend. Sunday is dedicated to highlighting artists and venues from outside the C-U area.

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6 Taylor St., Champaign 398-2688 www.cowboy-monkey.com

51 Main St., Champaign 356-BEER www.thehighdive.com

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: Yes Cowboy Monkey offers entertainment–dancing, DJs or live bands–almost every night. Monday, bring your skills for Open Mic night and enjoy $2.50 drafts and $2 wells. Tuesday groove to INXS, the Cure, Motley Crue and Van Halen on ’80s Request Night while downing the $1 Miller, Bud and PRB drafts. Ahhh, life was never so sweet as a PBR and David Lee Roth. Wednesday's, prepare to dance–it’s Tango and Salsa night.

For more information go to http://www.40north.org.

Festival Hours: Located at various spots throughout Champaign-Urbana. Friday: 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 - 5p.m.

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Theater The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker] Armory Free Theater 7:30pm, free Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 7pm, free

I N T R O | A R O U N D T O W N | L I S T E N , H E A R | M A I N E V E N T | A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T | W I N E & D I N E | T H E S I LV E R S C R E E N | C L A S S I F I E D S

TOMMY G’S

120 N. Neil St., Champaign 352-9756

120 N. Neil St., Champaign 359-8644 www.nargilelounge.com

123 S. Mattis, Champaign 359-2177 www.tommygs.com

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: No

Friday and Saturday nights shake your ass as Highdive resident DJ spins house, techno, dance, pop, top-40 remixes and even some disco. The stage is open for dancing and you can hear everything from Basement Jaxx and Paul Johnson to Michael Jackson and Madonna to Snoop and Jay-Z and whatever else as DJ Tim Williams keeps the crowd moving. Live bands play on a regular basis. Local and national acts of all types of music fill the Highdive’s calendar, too.

Manager Katie Lamkin calls Barfly “a laid back sound lounge.” Circles cut into the walls revealing TV screens and tables sunk back neatly against the walls give Barfly a style not to be duplicated elsewhere in C-U. DJs spin every night and there’s a nice-sized beer garden in back when you want to groove outdoors. Monday: R&B Tuesday: Blues Wednesday: Reggae Thursday: House Friday + Saturday: Hip-hop Sunday: Underground

Nargile has live music almost every night Monday through Saturday. If a live band isn’t performing, a DJ’s spinning in back. Monday night is Ear Candy–house DJs with no cover. Wednesday is Apollo Project’s (an improv-dance band) “Jam in the Lounge” and there are $2.50 Long Islands and $2 drafts. Saturday listen to DJ Mellow Fellow spin dance and hip-hop at no cost. There’s also outdoor seating to relax with a hookah and listen to some good beats.

Tommy G’s Bar and Grill features live jazz, rock, blues and cover music. Tuesday is Adam Wolfe’s Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee on percussion and $2 drafts, well drinks, domestic bottles, cans, orders of wings, chips -n- salsa, and baskets of spuds. Wednesday is no-cover Blues Night, featuring Kilborn Alley. Friday is Free Food Friday, with a live music performance, free food and no cover from 5-7 p.m. Tommy G’s also has pool, arcade games and darts.

>>C A M P U S

THE OFFICE

THE IRON POST

THE ROSE BOWL TAVERN

WHITE HORSE INN

CANOPY CLUB

214 W. Main St., Urbana 344-7608

214 W. Main St., Urbana 337-POST www.theironpost.com

106 N. Race, Urbana 367-7031

112 E. Green St., Champaign 352-5945 www.white-horse-inn.com/

708 South Goodwin, Urbana 344-BAND www.jaytv.com/can2/

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: No

Monday night, local jam band Finga Lickin’ plays from 10:30 p.m. until the bar closes at 2 a.m. The band performs in the middle of a seating sectionturned-stage so the audience can get right next to the music. This also allows people to see the band from almost anywhere in the spacious bar. Monday’s drink special is $1.50 domestic and $2.50 premium/import drafts. The Office also has pool tables, foosball and steel-tipped darts.

The Iron Post, a small and intimate bar in downtown Urbana has live music three to five nights a week Monday through Sunday. From blues to jazz to pop to acoustic, any act is welcome. Local acts like Green Mountain Grass and the Noisy Gators perform at the Post as well as artists from outside C-U. Every Monday night is the Jazz Jam with ParaDocs.

Urbana’s home for country, the Rose Bowl Tavern has live music six days a week. A large space lined with video poker machines on one wall, the stage on the opposite side and plenty of space for dancing inbetween, the Rose Bowl is a great place to see local country and rock talent. They close at 1 a.m., and 7 p.m. on Mondays. Sunday + Tuesday: Crystal River Wednesday: Ed O’Hara and Friends Thursday: Caleb Friday + Saturday: Country Connection

The White Horse has live music six, sometimes seven days a week. They also have “the world’s largest beer garden”–it’s two stories. Mondays: Dave and Steve [cover band] Tuesday: Kata Hathaway [rock] Wednesday: Karaoke Thursday: Doxy [cover band] Friday: Changes randomly Saturday: DJ Sunday: Changes randomly

The Canopy Club is the only theater-size venue on campus. A frequent stop for jam bands, hip-hop artists, cover bands, metal, punk and anyone else that performs, the Canopy always has something going on. Monday night is “Chill in the Grill” with DJ’s, break dancers and MC’s and Tuesday nights is Open Mic/Open Jam. The main stage at the Canopy has a large dance floor, but there’s also theatre-style seating above to ensure that everyone enjoys the show.

>>A L T E R N A T I V E VENUES

PHOTO COURTESY OF BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

Puzzle

NARGILE

>>D O W N T O W N U R B A N A BARS

After the shops close and the sun sets, keep the party going at the Cabaret! Tomorrow and Saturday, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., the Busey Center (208 W. Main, downtown Urbana) will be transformed into a celebration of jazz, progressive rock, live projections and art installations in an evening to tickle the senses. This is the first time an event of this sort will take place in Chambana so check it out.

DJ DJ Wesjile [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ JB [80's rewind/funk classics] Boltini, 10:30-pm, free

BARFLY

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Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, house parties, liquor stores…the list of places to see live music in Champaign-Urbana stretches on. Some venues keep a regular schedule of music while others sporadically bring in a band or DJ to enhance the mood. Here’s a few places that have live music on a regular basis— but this isn’t even close to comprehensive— just keep your eyes and ears open around town and keep a copy of Buzz close at hand.

s o u n d s

f r o m

t h e

s c e n e •

VERDE GALLERY

AROMA CAFÉ

THE VIRGINIA THEATRE

17 E. Taylor St., Champaign 366-3202 verdant-systems.com

118 N. Neil St., Champaign 217-356-3200 www.aroma-cafe.com

203 W. Park, Champaign 356-3200 www.thevirginia.org

The first and third Friday of every month, Verde Gallery hosts Acoustic Fusion—$5 buys a night of live music in the art gallery of Verdant News and Coffee. Tomorrow night, Jill Manning and Joni Laurence, [folk/country] perform. Blue-grass Musicians: Bring your instrument Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. for the weekly Blue Grass Jam. Musicians and spectators of all skills and ages are welcome.

Aroma Café has live music every Thursday. The café, serving coffee drinks and Latin-inspired salad, wraps and snacks, has a small patio in the back where musicians set up shop at 8 p.m. and play for a few hours. Or if it’s cold outside, the music’s moved indoors. Tonight, G. Lee, an acoustic-rock musician performs. There’s never a cover for listening.

Since 1921, the Virginia Theatre has kept their doors open for the entertainment of ChampaignUrbana. The Theatre runs plays, films, musicals, dance shows, lectures and concerts. Recent artists include Patty Larkin, Joni Laurence, The Buckinghams & Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. The Fabulous Motown Revue will perform next month. Check their Web site for a current calendar.

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BY

ERIN SCOTTBERG • CALENDAR EDITOR

I N T R O | A R O U N D T O W N | L I S T E N , H E A R | M A I N E V E N T | A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T | W I N E & D I N E | T H E S I LV E R S C R E E N | C L A S S I F I E D S


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life pablo picasso

thursday April 14

Live Music Acoustic Music Series: G. Lee Aroma, 8pm, free Astral Project The Iron Post, 8-11pm, TBA Caleb Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Jammin' Jimmy Bean Tommy G's, 9pm, free The Bryan Holloway Somethin' Zorba's, 9:30pm, $3 Captured! By Robots, Riddle of Steel [rock] Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, $6 Jiggsaw, Kate Hathaway Band, FCAB, Sincerely Calvin Nargile, 10pm, $5 Backyard Tire Fire Paulie's, 10pm, $4 DJ Generic DJ Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 8pm, TBA DJ J-Phlip [house] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Bozak Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Pia's of Rantoul 9pm-1am, free Dancing UIUC Swing Society McKinley Foundation 9:30pm-12am, free Fitness Belly Dance for Fitness The Fitness Center Champaign 8pm, $7-$9 Belly Dance for Fitness Gold’s Gym, Champaign 7:30pm, $7-$9 Wine Tasting Krannert Uncorked Krannert Art Center Lobby 5pm, free Film Human Rights Film Festival: “Ballot Measure 9” Illinois Disciples Foundation 7-9pm, free Lectures, Meetings, Discussions Poetry Reading: Red Herring Fiction Writers Pages for All Ages, 2pm Talkin’ About Your Health:

Diabetes Champaign Public Library 1pm, free

friday April 15

Live Music Sandunga Aroma, 5pm, free Bryan Holloway Trio [jazz] Cowboy Monkey, 5pm, $2 Kevin Hart The Iron Post, 5-7pm, TBA Jammin' Jimmy Bean Tommy G's, 5-7pm, free Coffee Shop Open Mic Wake the Dead Cafe 6-11pm, free Angie Heaton Borders, 8-10pm, free Decibully, Owen, The Snake The Cross The Crown, Col. Rhodes Courtyard Cafe, 8pm, TBA Umphrey's McGee The Canopy Club, 9pm, $15 Mother Popcorn The Iron Post, 9pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Ear Doctor Busey Center, 9:30pm, free The Delta Kings [rock/blues] Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $5 Enamel, i:scintilla, Triple Helix Paulie's in Bloomington 9:30pm, $5 Emotional Rec Club, The Greedy Loves, Mock Romeo, Killjoy Confetti Nargile, 10pm, $5 Beggars Banquet [Rolling Stones tribute band] Tommy G's, 10pm, cover Grass Roots Revival Kickapoo State Park, Canoe Landing 5:30-7:30pm, all ages, free DJ DJ Elise Boltini, 6-10pm, free DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 9pm, TBA DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ J-Philip OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free Theater The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker] Armory Free Theater, 7:30pm & 12am, free

saturday

Special Events Habitat for Humanity’s "Race the Roof" 5K Run/Walk Crystal Lake Park, 10am

April 16

Live Music Ben Bedford Embassy Tavern, 9:30pm, TBA The Baldwin Brothers, The Fuzz Friends & Co., TBA, $3 Mark Smart [jazz looping] Aroma, 2pm, free Urbana Booking Co Presents the Local Cookout 2005: Headlights, The Living Blue, Lorenzo Goetz, The Beauty Shop, The Chemicals, Tractor Kings, The Pitch, Mike Ingram, DJ Mertz, 2ON2OUT The Canopy Club, 7pm, $5/advance or before 9, $8/at the door, after 9pm Grass Roots Revival Pages For All Ages, 7pm, free Isis "Mustardseed" Jones Borders, 8pm, free Painkillers The Iron Post, 8pm, TBA Country Connection Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, $1 Bruiser and the Virtures [jump-blues/swing] Cowboy Monkey, 9:30pm, $4 The Brat Pack Tommy G's, 10pm, cover These Arms Are Snakes, Divide by Zero, Scouts Honor Courtyard Cafe, TBA Honest Pod, Zeal, Rebels Without a Pause Wake the Dead, 6-11pm, $6 DJ DJ Mighty Dog Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips, 9pm, TBA DJ Resonate [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Mellow Fellow [hip hop, retro, R&B] Nargile, 10pm, free DJ Tim Williams [top 40/hip hop/house/dance] The Highdive, 10pm, $5 DJ Boltini, 10:30pm, free Dancing Night Club Dancing with DJ Lin-O [swing/hustle/salsa] Cowboy Monkey, 6pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Sappy's on Devenshire, 9pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's, 9pm-1am, free

Kids Lemony Snicket [Kids gather to discuss the series through Book V and enjoy a snack] Pages for All Ages, 2pm Storytime Pages for All Ages, 11am, free

sunday April 17

Live Music Sting, Phantom Planet Assembly Hall, 7:30pm, $46 Hot Club d'Urbana The Iron Post, 8-11pm, TBA Kilborn Alley Jackson's Ribs-N-Tips 8-11pm, TBA Mark Olson [of The Creekdippers and Jayhawks] Cowboy Monkey, 9pm, $10 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Free Rock Show: As Seen On TV Tommy G's, 9pm, free Star Course presents: Ben Kweller, The Living Blue Foellinger Auditorium, TBA $16/UIUC, $18.50/non Liquid Courage Open Mic Night Geovanti's, 8pm-12am, free The Starlight Ramblers Russell Park, Mahomet 12-1pm, free Afrikan-American Cultural Arts Program [Boys & Girls Club members doing a drum and dance performance] Russell Park, Mahomet 1:30-2:00pm The Farmers Market String Band Russell Park, Mahomet 2:00-3:30pm

............. Cabaret & Boneyard Arts Festival This weekend, get outside and experience Champaign-Urbana. The weather is supposed to be in the upper-60s this weekend—perfect to wander through Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and Mahomet and peruse the artists, musicians and businesses that will fill the streets of Champaign County with art, music and people for the weekend’s Boneyard Arts Festival. A celebration of local businesses, artists and performers, The Boneyard brings showcases the partnership between art, culture and business in the community. The festivities begin Friday at 4 p.m. and continue through the weekend. Sunday is dedicated to highlighting artists and venues from outside the C-U area.

COWBOY MONKEY

HIGHDIVE

6 Taylor St., Champaign 398-2688 www.cowboy-monkey.com

51 Main St., Champaign 356-BEER www.thehighdive.com

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: Yes Cowboy Monkey offers entertainment–dancing, DJs or live bands–almost every night. Monday, bring your skills for Open Mic night and enjoy $2.50 drafts and $2 wells. Tuesday groove to INXS, the Cure, Motley Crue and Van Halen on ’80s Request Night while downing the $1 Miller, Bud and PRB drafts. Ahhh, life was never so sweet as a PBR and David Lee Roth. Wednesday's, prepare to dance–it’s Tango and Salsa night.

For more information go to http://www.40north.org.

Festival Hours: Located at various spots throughout Champaign-Urbana. Friday: 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday: 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday: 12 - 5p.m.

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Theater The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker] Armory Free Theater 7:30pm, free Kids Storytime Pages for All Ages, 7pm, free

I N T R O | A R O U N D T O W N | L I S T E N , H E A R | M A I N E V E N T | A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T | W I N E & D I N E | T H E S I LV E R S C R E E N | C L A S S I F I E D S

TOMMY G’S

120 N. Neil St., Champaign 352-9756

120 N. Neil St., Champaign 359-8644 www.nargilelounge.com

123 S. Mattis, Champaign 359-2177 www.tommygs.com

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: No

Friday and Saturday nights shake your ass as Highdive resident DJ spins house, techno, dance, pop, top-40 remixes and even some disco. The stage is open for dancing and you can hear everything from Basement Jaxx and Paul Johnson to Michael Jackson and Madonna to Snoop and Jay-Z and whatever else as DJ Tim Williams keeps the crowd moving. Live bands play on a regular basis. Local and national acts of all types of music fill the Highdive’s calendar, too.

Manager Katie Lamkin calls Barfly “a laid back sound lounge.” Circles cut into the walls revealing TV screens and tables sunk back neatly against the walls give Barfly a style not to be duplicated elsewhere in C-U. DJs spin every night and there’s a nice-sized beer garden in back when you want to groove outdoors. Monday: R&B Tuesday: Blues Wednesday: Reggae Thursday: House Friday + Saturday: Hip-hop Sunday: Underground

Nargile has live music almost every night Monday through Saturday. If a live band isn’t performing, a DJ’s spinning in back. Monday night is Ear Candy–house DJs with no cover. Wednesday is Apollo Project’s (an improv-dance band) “Jam in the Lounge” and there are $2.50 Long Islands and $2 drafts. Saturday listen to DJ Mellow Fellow spin dance and hip-hop at no cost. There’s also outdoor seating to relax with a hookah and listen to some good beats.

Tommy G’s Bar and Grill features live jazz, rock, blues and cover music. Tuesday is Adam Wolfe’s Acoustic Night with Jess Greenlee on percussion and $2 drafts, well drinks, domestic bottles, cans, orders of wings, chips -n- salsa, and baskets of spuds. Wednesday is no-cover Blues Night, featuring Kilborn Alley. Friday is Free Food Friday, with a live music performance, free food and no cover from 5-7 p.m. Tommy G’s also has pool, arcade games and darts.

>>C A M P U S

THE OFFICE

THE IRON POST

THE ROSE BOWL TAVERN

WHITE HORSE INN

CANOPY CLUB

214 W. Main St., Urbana 344-7608

214 W. Main St., Urbana 337-POST www.theironpost.com

106 N. Race, Urbana 367-7031

112 E. Green St., Champaign 352-5945 www.white-horse-inn.com/

708 South Goodwin, Urbana 344-BAND www.jaytv.com/can2/

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer garden: No

Kitchen: Yes Beer Garden: Yes

Kitchen: No Beer Garden: No

Monday night, local jam band Finga Lickin’ plays from 10:30 p.m. until the bar closes at 2 a.m. The band performs in the middle of a seating sectionturned-stage so the audience can get right next to the music. This also allows people to see the band from almost anywhere in the spacious bar. Monday’s drink special is $1.50 domestic and $2.50 premium/import drafts. The Office also has pool tables, foosball and steel-tipped darts.

The Iron Post, a small and intimate bar in downtown Urbana has live music three to five nights a week Monday through Sunday. From blues to jazz to pop to acoustic, any act is welcome. Local acts like Green Mountain Grass and the Noisy Gators perform at the Post as well as artists from outside C-U. Every Monday night is the Jazz Jam with ParaDocs.

Urbana’s home for country, the Rose Bowl Tavern has live music six days a week. A large space lined with video poker machines on one wall, the stage on the opposite side and plenty of space for dancing inbetween, the Rose Bowl is a great place to see local country and rock talent. They close at 1 a.m., and 7 p.m. on Mondays. Sunday + Tuesday: Crystal River Wednesday: Ed O’Hara and Friends Thursday: Caleb Friday + Saturday: Country Connection

The White Horse has live music six, sometimes seven days a week. They also have “the world’s largest beer garden”–it’s two stories. Mondays: Dave and Steve [cover band] Tuesday: Kata Hathaway [rock] Wednesday: Karaoke Thursday: Doxy [cover band] Friday: Changes randomly Saturday: DJ Sunday: Changes randomly

The Canopy Club is the only theater-size venue on campus. A frequent stop for jam bands, hip-hop artists, cover bands, metal, punk and anyone else that performs, the Canopy always has something going on. Monday night is “Chill in the Grill” with DJ’s, break dancers and MC’s and Tuesday nights is Open Mic/Open Jam. The main stage at the Canopy has a large dance floor, but there’s also theatre-style seating above to ensure that everyone enjoys the show.

>>A L T E R N A T I V E VENUES

PHOTO COURTESY OF BONEYARD ARTS FESTIVAL

Puzzle

NARGILE

>>D O W N T O W N U R B A N A BARS

After the shops close and the sun sets, keep the party going at the Cabaret! Tomorrow and Saturday, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., the Busey Center (208 W. Main, downtown Urbana) will be transformed into a celebration of jazz, progressive rock, live projections and art installations in an evening to tickle the senses. This is the first time an event of this sort will take place in Chambana so check it out.

DJ DJ Wesjile [hip hop] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ JB [80's rewind/funk classics] Boltini, 10:30-pm, free

BARFLY

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>>C H A M P A I G N BARS

Bars, restaurants, coffee shops, house parties, liquor stores…the list of places to see live music in Champaign-Urbana stretches on. Some venues keep a regular schedule of music while others sporadically bring in a band or DJ to enhance the mood. Here’s a few places that have live music on a regular basis— but this isn’t even close to comprehensive— just keep your eyes and ears open around town and keep a copy of Buzz close at hand.

s o u n d s

f r o m

t h e

s c e n e •

VERDE GALLERY

AROMA CAFÉ

THE VIRGINIA THEATRE

17 E. Taylor St., Champaign 366-3202 verdant-systems.com

118 N. Neil St., Champaign 217-356-3200 www.aroma-cafe.com

203 W. Park, Champaign 356-3200 www.thevirginia.org

The first and third Friday of every month, Verde Gallery hosts Acoustic Fusion—$5 buys a night of live music in the art gallery of Verdant News and Coffee. Tomorrow night, Jill Manning and Joni Laurence, [folk/country] perform. Blue-grass Musicians: Bring your instrument Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. for the weekly Blue Grass Jam. Musicians and spectators of all skills and ages are welcome.

Aroma Café has live music every Thursday. The café, serving coffee drinks and Latin-inspired salad, wraps and snacks, has a small patio in the back where musicians set up shop at 8 p.m. and play for a few hours. Or if it’s cold outside, the music’s moved indoors. Tonight, G. Lee, an acoustic-rock musician performs. There’s never a cover for listening.

Since 1921, the Virginia Theatre has kept their doors open for the entertainment of ChampaignUrbana. The Theatre runs plays, films, musicals, dance shows, lectures and concerts. Recent artists include Patty Larkin, Joni Laurence, The Buckinghams & Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals. The Fabulous Motown Revue will perform next month. Check their Web site for a current calendar.

COMPILED

BY

ERIN SCOTTBERG • CALENDAR EDITOR

I N T R O | A R O U N D T O W N | L I S T E N , H E A R | M A I N E V E N T | A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T | W I N E & D I N E | T H E S I LV E R S C R E E N | C L A S S I F I E D S


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ASSEMBLY HALL | First & Florida, Champaign 333-5000 AMERICAN LEGION POST 24 | 705 W Bloomington, Champaign 356-5144 AMERICAN LEGION POST 71 | 107 N Broadway, Urbana 367-3121 BARFLY | 120 N Neil, Champaign 352-9756 BOLTINI LOUNGE | 211 N Neil, Champaign 378-8001 BOARDMAN’S ART THEATER | 126 W Church, Champaign 351-0068 THE BRASS RAIL | 15 E University, Champaign 352-7512 THE CANOPY CLUB (GARDEN GRILL) | 708 S Goodwin, Urbana 367-3140 CHANNING-MURRAY FOUNDATION | 1209 W Oregon, Urbana COSMOPOLITAN CLUB | 307 E John, Champaign 367-3079 COURTYARD CAFE | Illini Union, 1401 W Green, Urbana 333-4666 COWBOY MONKEY | 6 Taylor, Champaign 398-2688 CURTIS ORCHARD | 3902 S Duncan, Champaign 359-5565 D.R. DIGGERS | 604 S Country Fair, Champaign 356-0888 ELMER’S CLUB 45 | 3525 N Cunningham, Urbana 344-3101 EMBASSY TAVERN & GRILL | 114 S Race, Urbana 384-9526 ESQUIRE LOUNGE | 106 N Walnut, Champaign 398-5858 FALLON’S ICE HOUSE | 703 N Prospect, Champaign 398-5760 FAT CITY SALOON | 505 S Chestnut, Champaign 356-7100 THE GREAT IMPASTA | 114 W Church, Champaign 359-7377 THE HIGHDIVE | 51 Main, Champaign 359-4444 HUBER’S | 1312 W Church, Champaign 352-0606 ILLINOIS DISCIPLES FOUNDATION | 610 E Springfield, Champaign 352-8721 INDEPENDENT MEDIA CENTER | 218 W Main, Urbana 344-8820 THE IRON POST | 120 S Race, Urbana 337-7678 JOE’S BREWERY | 706 S Fifth, Champaign 384-1790 KRANNERT ART MUSEUM | 500 E Peabody, Champaign 333-1861 KRANNERT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 500 S Goodwin, Urbana Tickets: 333-6280, 800-KCPATIX LA CASA CULTURAL LATINA | 1203 W Nevada, Urbana 333-4950

LAVA | 1906 W Bradley, Champaign 352-8714 LES’S LOUNGE | 403 N Coler, Urbana 328-4000 LINCOLN CASTLE | 209 S Broadway, Urbana 344-7720 MALIBU BAY LOUNGE | North Route 45, Urbana 328-7415 MIKE ‘N’ MOLLY’S | 105 N Market, Champaign 355-1236 NARGILE | 207 W Clark, Champaign NEIL STREET PUB | 1505 N Neil, Champaign 359-1601 THE OFFICE | 214 W Main, Urbana 344-7608 OPENSOURCE | 12 E. Washington,Champaign http://opensource.boxwith.com PARKLAND COLLEGE | 2400 W Bradley, Champaign 351-2528 PHOENIX | 215 S Neil, Champaign 355-7866 PIA’S OF RANTOUL | Route 136 E, Rantoul 893-8244 RED HERRING/CHANNING-MURRAY FOUNDATION | 1209 W Oregon, Urbana 344-1176 ROSE BOWL TAVERN | 106 N Race, Urbana 367-7031 SIDE BAR | 55 E. Main, Champaign 398-5760 SPRINGER CULTURAL CENTER | 301 N Randolph, Champaign 355-1406 SPURLOCK MUSEUM | 600 S Gregory, Urbana, 333-2360 THE STATION THEATRE | 223 N Broadway, Urbana 384-4000 STRAWBERRY FIELDS CAFE | 306 W Springfield, Urbana 328-1655 TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES | 105 N Walnut, Champaign 352-8938 TK WENDL’S | 1901 S Highcross, Urbana 255-5328 TOMMY G’S | 123 S Mattis, Country Fair Shopping Center 359-2177 TONIC | 619 S Wright, Champaign 356-6768 UNIVERSITY YMCA | 1001 S Wright, Champaign 344-0721 URBANA CIVIC CENTER | 108 Water St., Urbana VERDE/VERDANT | 17 E Taylor, Champaign 366-3204 VIRGINIA THEATRE | 203 W Park Ave, Champaign 356-9053 WHITE HORSE INN | 112 1/2 E Green, Champaign 352-5945 ZORBA’S | 627 E Green, Champaign 344-0710

ART and THEATER Parkland College Student Fine Art Juried Exhibition 2005 Parkland College Art Gallery through May 7 Reception April 14, 5-8pm, Gallery Lounge Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, Mon-Thu, 68pm, Sat, 12-2pm

dynamic picture of the Middle East. Organized by Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari.] Krannert Art Museum April 16-June 5. Gallery conversation and lecture from Radd April 28 at 7pm, KAM lobby Tue, Thu-Sat 9am-5pm, Wed 9am-8pm, Sun 2-5pm Suggested Donation: $3

Boneyard Events at OPENSOURCE [exhibition of the Danville Area Community College HIV/AIDS Awareness Project (featuring Richard Wilson); an OPENSOURCE Members’ exhibition; and performances by HUB, a non-traditional dance troupe] Friday, April 15, 5-11pm, Sat, April 16, 10am-7pm, free

Healing Works [display of art works by survivors of sexual violence] Independent Media Center through April 30

Petals & Paintings Benefit [in support of the museum's upcoming exhibitions and related educational programming. Features floral arrangements created by regional floral designers, in response to works of art from the museum's permanent collection.] Gala reception at Krannert Art Museum April 15, 6:30 8:30pm, $55 [Hors d'oeuvres, wine and music, painting raffle and silent auction] Free viewing April 16, 9am-5pm and April 17, 12-5pm

Here Again [a story told in daily installments of sound and distributed via the Internet. The IPRH featured work will include an expansion of the original 2004 installment.] IPRH through April 22 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm www.iprh.uiuc.edu

New York [photography by Michael Sherfield] Old Vic Art Gallery April 15 - April 30 Artist reception April 16, 5-8pm Mon-Thu 11:30am-5:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm Quantum Garden [original prints by Charles Segard] Aroma Cafe through June 4 Mon-Sun 7am-12am Festival of Quilts [quilt show, silent auction, vendor booths, and gift items for sale] Lincoln Square Mall April 15, 3-8pm April 16; 10am-6pm; April 17 12-5pm Emergence, International Women in the Arts [An international yet local exhibit, featuring artists and performers from all over the globe who live in the C-U community] Verde Gallery through April Artist’s reception April 14th, 7pmTue-Sat 10am- 10pm Mapping Sitting: On Portraiture and Photography [this exhibition ventures into uncharted territory with photographic and video installations and uses portraits by Arab photographers, including passport studio photographs, photo "surprise," itinerant photography, and group portraits to present a

50,000 Watts [drawings by UIUC Professor Ron Kovatch and new ceramics by retired SIU Professor Dan Anderson] Cinema Gallery through April 30 Tue-Sat 10am-4pm

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Light Show William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 9:30pm, $3-5 The Scottish Play [Written by Emily Elarde, directed by Marie Walker.] Upon an empty stage a company of actors meets to rehearse and perform the Bard's bloodiest tragedy. However, the curse of the Scottish Play rears its evil head, ultimately answering the question "Why in the theatre do we fear to speak the name Macbeth?" Shakespeare's classic tale of blood, death, murder, lust, ambition and power turned inside out! For mature audiences only.] Armory Free Theater, 7:30pm & Midnight, free The Skin of Our Teeth [This zany play features George Antrobus, inventor extraordinaire, who with his wife, two children, and maid seem a typical American family living in New Jersey. However, they are also Adam, Eve, Cain, Lilith, and a daughter who survive the 'trifles' of everyday life from the Ice Age to world war. Come and enjoy this creative celebration of humanity's resilience, inventiveness, and will to survive] Parkland Theatre April 14, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 3 p.m. $6$10. call 351-2528 or visit www.parkland.edu/theatre for more information

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Live Music Jazz Jam with ParaDocs The Iron Post, 7pm, TBA Open Mic Night hosted by Brandon T. Washington & Mike Ingram Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Quad Remedy [rock] Tommy G's, 10pm, free Finga Lickin' The Office, 10:30pm, free DJ UC Hip Hop presents Chill in the Grill The Canopy Club, 9pm, free Ear Candy [house DJs] Nargile, 9pm, free DJ Delayney [hip hop, soul] Barfly, 10pm, free DJ Elise [deep sultry house] Boltini, 10:30pm, free DJ Missus Mike 'n Molly's, TBA

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Live Music Open Jam/Open Mic hosted by Brandon T. Washington The Canopy Club, 9pm, 21+/free under 21/$2 The Crystal River Band Rose Bowl Tavern, 9pm, free Adam Wolfe's Acoustic Night with Jess Greelee Tommy G's, 10pm, free Kate Hathaway Band White Horse Inn, 10pm, free Open Stage Espresso Royale Goodwin & Oregon, 8pm, free DJ DJ Sophisto [house] Barfly, 10pm, free 80's Request Night with DJ Reaganomics Cowboy Monkey, 10pm, free Subversion: DJ ZoZo, DJ Evily, DJ TwinScin [goth, industrial, electro] The Highdive, 10pm, $2 DJ J-Philp OR DJ Lil Big Bass Boltini, 10:30pm, free Karaoke "G" Force Karaoke Neil St. Pub, 8pm-12am, free Liquid Courage Karaoke Geo's , 9pm-1am, free Theater Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre presents: Breaking the Silence [scenes addressing sexual assault, survival, support and speaking out] Illini Orange Snackbar 8pm, free

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Every year of their adult lives, male Emperor penguins in Antarctica spend 60 consecutive days standing out in the frigid wastes without food as they guard and brood the eggs containing their offspring. Their ordeal reminds me a little of the story of your life lately, Taurus. You've been out in the cold doing your duty for a long time. But I believe you're ready to do something akin to what the male penguins do when the babies finally hatch and the mothers return from their 60-day vacations: feast and rest, rest and feast.

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If you're like most people, you have an ailment you've learned to live with. It's bothersome though not incapacitating. Maybe you've tried various treatments for it, but it never quite goes away, or it recedes for a while and returns in force. That's the bad news. The good news, Gemini, is that you now have extra power to zap that nagging malady. I suggest you start the process by having a dialogue with the affected part of your body. Explain to it why you really want it to heal itself now. Next step: Devote yourself to doing the research and getting the help that brings a total cure.

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A reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle said this about Judy Budnitz's book, Nice Big American Baby: "Reading Budnitz's stories is like experiencing the exhilaration of flight with the queasiness of vertigo. She can take you to new heights, but don't expect a comfortable ride." While this may be a good assessment of the book, it's also an apt description of your immediate future, Cancerian. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be veering back and forth between feelings akin to a rapturous flying dream and a dizzying free fall. Don't worry: There'll be a mostly happy ending, even if you feel a bit seasick as you arrive in the winner's circle.

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Henry David Thoreau took his relationship with nature as seriously as he did his connections with people. "I frequently tramped eight or ten miles," he said, "to keep an appointment with a beech tree or a yellow birch or an old acquaintance among the pines." This is an attitude I encourage you to emulate in the coming weeks, Leo. Nonhuman life forms will have a lot to give you. The great outdoors should be a classroom where you seek wisdom that will help you solve your most pressing questions, as well as a temple where you can go to bask in the presence of lively and surprising truths.

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Two Indian mountain climbers recently got married in a place that symbolized the fearlessness they want to bring to their alliance. Along with the officiating priest, they hung 2,000 feet in the air, suspended from ropes between two mountains. I suggest you regard them as your metaphorical role models in the coming weeks, Virgo. You'll be getting unprecedented opportunities to enjoy adventures that involve collaboration, blending, and unification. Take imaginative advantage of those opportunities.

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The World Cow Chip Throwing Contest will be held this week in Beaver, Oklahoma. If you've got the time and inclination, I suggest you attend. It would be especially fortuitous if you not only watched the festivities, but also got a chance to compete. One way or another, Scorpio, you're going to have urges to sling dung--either the metaphorical or actual variety--and it would be far better to do it in a setting where such activity is sanctioned. That way, no reputations will be tweaked and no one will get hurt. If you can't make it to Beaver, Oklahoma, you should maybe arrange your own Cow Chip Throwing Contest in the nearest pasture. If you're an urban dweller, it would be worth driving out to the sticks.

S A G I T T A R I U S (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) "I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love," said Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. While that observation always applies to you, Sagittarius, it's especially true now. More than at any other time in the past 11 months, you require a flood of profuse, no-strings-attached love. I urge you to go out and do whatever's necessary to get it. By the way, you would also derive stupendous benefits from doling out lavish amounts of unconditional love. Your top priority, therefore, should be to both receive and give over-the-top generosity.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The Mohave Indians once had a tradition of "Great Tellings." Members of the tribe would gather together for many hours, sometimes over the course of a few days, to hear storytellers unfold long narratives about their people's history, with great attention paid to major turning points and heroic adventures. I suggest that you arrange some version of a Great Telling for you and yours, Capricorn. You need to remember where you came from. It's a perfect moment to get in touch with your origins and refresh yourself about all the influences that have led you to where you are today.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Speaking on behalf of the cosmic forces, Aquarius, I urge you to unleash a whole hell of a lot of gratitude in the coming week. I'm not talking about mumbling a few shy words of thanks here and there. I mean you should uncork a fireworks display of extravagant appreciation, delivered with boisterous cheer and expansive body language. Express your gratitude as if you were addressing not just the helper standing right in front of you, but every person, animal, spirit, landscape, and plant that has contributed to making your life as good as it is. Proclaim your reverent, praisefilled paeans of thanks as if you were giving the whole universe its proper due for its many blessings.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

"What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness," wrote the artist M.C. Escher. Though he wasn't a Pisces, he could have been speaking for you and your tribe when he said that. You are the zodiac's top explorer of the darkness; you're a connoisseur of vivid and exotic mysteries that are often hard to translate into terms other people can understand. And though I know you must sometimes feel sad about how much of your experience is hidden, you should feel proud if you can, like Escher, bring even one percent of it alive in the sunlit realms. Now here's some really good news: In the coming weeks, you could raise that to a whopping 10 percent.

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You've heard about horse whisperers, people who have a deeply intuitive, almost psychic rapport with horses. You may have also heard about baby whisperers, those who specialize in reading the body language and secret thoughts of infants. Well you, my dear Libra, currently seem to have the skills of a dove whisperer. If you like, you

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In many reviews, Milwaukee’s Decibully is frequently likened to Wilco—particularly the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot years. After hearing Decibully’s March 5 release, Sing Out America!, my response to this comparison is “whaaa?” Granted, Decibully is from the Midwest, has a bit of a twang, uses a whole kitchen-sink full of instruments (including popular favorites such as wine glasses, marching snare and kazoo), and lead singer William J. Seidel does a stellar Jeff Tweedy impression on a few tracks. That said, Decibully utilizes a much more off-kilter style, frequently interrupting the flow of the music with banjo, clashing vocals or heavy percussion. Their instrumental menagerie allows them a much more unique sound than they are sometimes given credit for. Just as the listener gets settled into a quiet, comforting groove, they bust out something entirely different. Fortunately, Decibully seems to relish in the awkwardness that their unpredictably creates. While some of the tracks of Sing Out America! are a little more experimental, Decibully doesn’t shy

away from the tried and true. In fact, they do it quite well. Their single,“Penny, Look Down,” has a straight-up classic pop-rock/The Arcade Fire feel, with more emphasis on driving beats, blended vocals, and electric guitar than other tracks. It’s made to be catchy, and as soon as it hits daylight, it’s gonna catch on. The overall concept of the album may explain some of the sudden style changes between and within tracks. The album art is composed of a series of dramatic black and white photos of new subdivisions and urban sprawl, and the title seem to point to (duh) a commentary on the state of our great nation. Perhaps their scattered nature is a result of trying to truly find some sort of generational identity in a conflicted time. Or something philosophical like that. Decibully heralds Sing Out America!, their third album, as their first LP to be written as one cohesive unit from start to finish. This is a goal in which they may fall short due to the erratic nature of the tracks, but this may not necessarily be a bad thing. The former members of The Promise Ring come together to create an intriguing album that finally does justice to the energy of their live shows. Decibully will be appearing at the Courtyard Cafe this Friday at 8 p.m. The show also features Owen, the Snake The Cross The Crown and Colonel Rhodes.

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he Poster Children have taken creative control very seriously since they emerged from the local university scene in 1987.With the reins tightly clenched at every turn, however, precious few other bands can boast the know-how and design talent of Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack. The couple, now married, started the band as computer science undergraduates in 1987 long before “internet browser” had become a household name and affordable professional quality image editing software was more than a joke. The band, now comprised of Valentin, Marshack, Valentin’s brother James and their most recent addition Matt Friscia on drums, has continued for almost two decades to collaborate internally on all of their album and Web site design, while Valentin and Marshack have branched into freelance design work on the side. “We’ve always been rooted in the do-it-yourself movement, which affected not just our music,” Valetin comments.Their dedication to self-representation carried over to their album artwork and eventually manifested itself in one of the first band Web sites to claim space on the World Wide Web. “What happened was this guy in Chicago offered to put out our first record, and then he said, ‘I need some artwork.’ This was in the time before affordable design software,”Valentin explains. In fact, the means at their dis-

posal speak volumes for the time they were creating in. “We went to Kinko’s and used a Xerox machine and Zipatone,” he says. Though Rick and Rose were well-versed in code and computer software, neither of them had a practical background in design.Thus, their early years were spent cutting their teeth on album cover design while they unknowingly waited for the crossover of traditional and digital design tools to begin. “The second record, we actually had a whole idea of what we wanted the record to look like.The label of the time,Twin/Tone, said,‘Okay, why don’t you tell this artist what your ideas are, and he’ll do all the work.' We did that and wound up with a record cover we really hated,” says Valentin. The result was more colorful than their white-on-black rub-on letters from Flower Plower but lacked the personalized touch that the Poster Children covet. That album Daisy Chain Reaction was the last and only time they let someone out-of-house design one of their album covers. “So by the time third record came about, Photoshop and Illustrator 1.0 or 2.0 were coming around. And we had Macs at our house.We said, ‘Well we’re not going to let other people reinterpret our ideas for us.’ I think that’s what continually happens with our band,” he states.

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has an interim bassist, as regular bassist Shane Cochran just left for a year of study in Japan. His replacement is David Gerkin of The Red Hot Valentines. Tonight at 8, G. Lee comes officially off hiatus and plays at Aroma. At 10, Nargile presents jigGsaw, Kate Hathaway Band, FCAB and Sincerely Calvin; cover is $5. Also at 10, at Cowboy Monkey, St. Louis trio Riddle of Steel opens for Captured! by Robots; cover is $6.This is the second show here for Riddle of Steel, whose new album Got This Feelin’ comes out June 21. A presale through Ascetic Records and a special vinyl release (red or white wax) through Robotic Empire Records are on schedule for May. Fresh from an appearance at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cuban band Sandunga plays tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Aroma in connection with Boneyard Arts Festival. At 8 p.m., Angie Heaton performs solo at Borders.Also at 8 p.m., Owen, Snake the Cross the Crown and Colonel Rhodes return to Courtyard Cafe to play with Decibully. And at 10 p.m., Emotional Rec Club, The Greedy Loves, Mock Romeo and Killjoy Confetti share a bill at Nargile; cover is $5. Saturday, OpeningBands.com band of the month Relenter and i:scintilla will appear as a double header on a rescheduled episode of Distant Signals. Hostess Jana Robert will interview Relenter, with emphasis on keyboardist Robert Martz’s work experience, and i:scintilla will play acoustic for the second time ever. Distant Signals airs on 88.7 FM from 2 to 4 every Saturday afternoon.

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ost would probably argue that the inherent humility of local, independent music probably wouldn’t jibe too well with the glitz, glamour and out-sized egos normally associated with an awards ceremony. Which is largely why our first annual local music awards succeeded. It seemed as if everyone was there simply to enjoy themselves, less a competition between artists than a celebration among them, thankful to be a part of such a fertile local scene.There was no couture nor botox to be found at the Highdive on April 7, only local columnist and MC Mike Coulter pouring a beer over his burnished cranium in honor of his friend, local music booking legend and that evening’s lifetime achievement award-winner Ward Gollings. And of course, much excellent local music. The evening began with Coulter and WPGU on-air personality Ryan Ricker who pretty much managed to offend everyone from Cubs fans to feminists to Jesus (probably) in the first few minutes. Good stuff. First up of the bands was Triple Whip who were debuting new drummer, Jane Boxall. Tha’ Whip turned in a typically charged performance with Boxall more than holding her own under the onslaught of Holly Rushakof ’s grinding, thunderous bass and Santanu Rahman’s strident vocals and razor-wire guitar. For the finale they called Mike Clayton of locals Mad Science Fair to perform the classic “I’ll Kill You” by Clayton’s old outfit Hot Glue Gun. Rahman claimed onstage that it was, “a song three of you probably remember,” but those three people were apparently in attendance along with many others who were more than impressed by Clayton’s screamin’ and hollerin.’ As the crowd settled to a dull roar, the awards ceremony continued with the award for best DJ given to DJ Bozak who thanked his father’s Run DMC 45’s among

others. Winners for best rock band, the impeccably dressed Lorenzo Goetz, graciously pointed out the talent of the other worthy nominees. And despite an unruly heckler, the members of Animate Objects genially accepted their award for best hiphop band, followed up by a performance by The Former Fat Boys aka WPGU DJ Shampooh, who rhymed over some prerecorded beats courtesy of his MP3 player. It was a post-Eminem type deal, replete with a cover of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” Next Brandon T. Washington, solo artist and frontman for Temple of the Low Men and Dawna Nelson took the stage for a laid back acoustic set of covers and originals. Nelson’s bluesy, soulful croon mixed just right with Washington’s booming intonation over an ideal cover of the highly underrated Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” The duo became a trio with the addition of Kilborn Alley’s Joe Asselin on harmonica for a bluesy workout, by the end of which Nelson was testifying a blues matched only by Asselin’s scorching harp solo. The music took a break for a round of new awards. The always-unique local personality Chef Ra handed out the award for best Roots/American Band to a visibly surprised Beauty Shop. Off stage lead singer Jon Hoeffleur humbly commented,“I think it’s to be judged individually—we all have our own opinions, but I’m grateful that anyone would take any kind of time out of their life to vote for anything that’s got anything to do with me.” Brandon T. Washington reappeared to pick up his best male artist award, respectfully pointing out how deserving the other nominees were. Kate Hathaway thanked the C-U music scene as a whole for her best female artist award. The Living Blue showed their appreciation to the crowd for their best live show award while ironically tuning up for their performance. Introduced by a breathlessly enthusiastic Cody Solkoski, of the Delta Kings,The Living

Blue demonstrated exactly why fans voted them the number one live band in C-U.The band tore their way through a couple of hits from the back catalogue, compelling arguments for the continued vitality of smart, visceral guitar rock. For the last song, the boys debuted a new number, presumably from their upcoming debut for Minty Fresh, beginning as a riff-heavy jook joint stomper and building up into a frantic rave-up, guitarist Joe Prokop spraying fuzzy psyche scuzz all over the proceedings. When asked after the show what the secret to a good live show is, lead singer Steve Ucherek said simply, “We love. We love each other, and we love what we do.” As earlier stated, Ward Gollings, booking agent for Highdive/Cowboy Monkey, pillar of the C-U music scene, and all around nice fella accepted his lifetime achievement award with much fanfare and chugging of beer. Best Record was handed out to The Living Blue for last year’s Living in Blue whereupon an inebriated Steve Ucherek returned to the stage and thanked everybody. And the moment everybody was waiting for, the award for best overall band, was bestowed upon Lorenzo Goetz. Lead

singer Larry Gates gave perhaps the most persuasive acceptance speech, reminding the audience how lucky they are for having such a music community and how much work it takes to be in a band. Lorenzo Goetz started off the last set with a nod to the scene’s past, covering Absinthe Blind’s “The Break” with exAbsinthe Blind/Headlights drummer Seth Fein pounding the skins.They led the crowd through their latest single “Jesus Elephant,” a woozy piece of psych-pop, perfect for the upcoming summer. Finally the boys capped off the evening with a bit of what they do best, a reggae-funk workout that got those in attendance dancing and sweating. Ultimately, Lorenzo Goetz were a fine choice to close the evening’s festivities as the celebratory mood of their set caught the feeling of the ceremony, a bunch of friends and fellow artists coming together to recognize one another. As Ward Gollings remarked, “I thought it was fabulous. Everything went well. I think people are going to go back for the second annual show. It’s going to become a quasi-legendary thing, like the Great Cover-Up.” buzz

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“Even with recording or making videos, we always start out with someone professional that helps us, but we always wind up unhappy with the results, and we learned that if we’re learning how to design while we’re working, there’s a personal aspect to it that really connects with people.” The emergence of better software and faster hardware presented them with the perfect opportunity to continue their tradition of home design and do so with a wider range of possibilities. “At the time, it was a real jump for people to go from doing photo-ready artwork to doing stuff on a computer,” Valentin recalls, describing the mid-90’s explosion of digital art software.“Whereas, we were really open to using computers for that kind of stuff. So for us, we could really pick up the software quickly and then it was a matter of learning design.” The looks they have developed for their albums since have been exemplary of their overarching artistic direction. “My inspiration for record design is the guy who did all the work for Factory Records in the early ’80s—Joy Division and The New Order. And those are very clean pristine designs,” Valentin explains. “But I feel like applying that to our band is kind of silly. That design doesn’t invoke our band.” Though their records always have a polished feel, the underlying concepts are

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most often simple and inspired, such as 2000’s DDD. “The DDD record is really, really sparse,” he describes, “but the whole concept behind that was the elimination of the product. It was the idea that now you have digital downloads. If you want information about the songs or the band, you just go to the Web site.” So even though initial reaction to their design—three token capital Ds on a white background—drew comments that the record looked more like a demo, the concept stuck, and in the end, it fell into place with the Poster Children’s signature minimalism. Their consistent in-house design began to synthesize a mirrored honesty between their music its visual packaging, cementing their practice as more and more routine while they became more and more experienced. “And that grew into Web work,”Valentin continues. “Because we were familiar with computer environments, Web design was not as intimidating.”Putting together their Web site long before most businesses had caught on to the potential of the Web, the couple’s computer science background once again proved invaluable for their band promotionally. “There weren’t that many band sites.We were lucky that we were living here in Champaign when one of the earliest Web browsers, Mosaic, was developed,”he asserts. “What happened was Rose learned how to do a Web site, and we didn’t have Web access—I mean visual image access.We just had a dial-up, so it was all text-based. So she

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would go to campus to a computer lab to check out the Web site.” Early augmentations to the site included an online journal of tour updates done in with a format resembling the still internationally infant-staged blog. The logbook carried on through 2002 and is still archived on the band’s site www.posterchildren.com along with fan bulletin boards and streamed audio from Valentin and Marshek’s radio program Radio Zero. The portfolio of work Valentin and Marshack built for themselves eventually flourished to the point where they had an adept enough grasp to open up their our commercial firm, Xco Design, which they still operate today, doing multimedia projects varying from Web sites to enhanced CDs.Their clients have ranged from university departments and local restaurants to big name customers such as The Library of Congress and Warner Brothers Records. To this day Valentin’s description of the Web site’s general artistic direction can be applied most of his band’s creative endeavors. “We have the ability of making a spectacular flash site,”he asserts,“but I am more of a content-based person. You’ve got to dump a huge amount of content there.You can do a little bit of crazy Flash, and that’s neat.You’ll win an award, and people will look at it initially, but it doesn’t necessarily bring people back to the site.”And the Poster Children’s longevity can probably be attribute to this creed of simple effective design to jacket ample content—in whichever medium they happen to be tackling. buzz

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(who was actually born in Czechoslovakia and did not move to England until age nine, but had one Englishspeaking parent) is no mean task. Many theater companies would be intimidated by such a script, and yet this is the Court’s second trip through Travesties in the last decade and once again, the Court Theatre proves its mastery of classic theater and theater space.Their wonderful thrust stage captures the hectic pace of the fast-moving characters and events, and Charles Newell’s direction moves his characters deftly without neglecting Stoppard’s extraordinary language. Even when part of the plot centers around an amateur production of OscarWilde’s,The Importance of Being Earnest, Newell cleverly uses cast members from the Court’s much praised production of that same play from earlier this season to take the roles of their alter-egos in Stoppard’s play within a play. Here is a rare evening in the theater—a play with a play, a history lesson within a play and brilliant word play with a play—all masterfully played.

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Lovengineer,Test of Fate, Daggagod, Section 8, Deaden, and Hate Choir. Run, do not walk, to find these bands’ music! I have been through so much with the local music scene here, so I am not at a shortage for information, but there is one band that everyone must know about: LOVECUP. Ask anyone from that era about Lovecup, and you will see instant recognition in their faces.They were highly influential to many bands—Hum among that group. Rather than get into details, it is fair to say that Lovecup’s influence showed clearly when you compare Filet Show to Electra 2000, the difference being that along with Matt taking over on vocals, he got Tim Lash to play guitar, who played a lot with TJ Harrison of Lovecup. The influence TJ had on Tim’s playing, as well as with so many other musicians, was pretty profound. It’s safe to say that TJ is a musical genius, as is Lovecup guitarist Mark Baldwin (many have, knowingly or not been inspired by Mark’s style); the combined efforts of their creative minds started an explosion. Everyone was sure that Lovecup would be the band to put C-U on the map. At Treno’s (now The Bread Co.), a local music entrepreneur, Sasha Martens, would put on shows called “HUM vs. LOVECUP.” Lovecup would always “win,” meaning more people packed in to see Lovecup than did for Hum. I recall a moment where TJ came outside when Hum was playing and said to my friends and I,“Hey, what are you guys doing outside? You need to go on in and check out Hum too.” So whenever I meet a newer Hum fan, I feel obligated to expose them to Lovecup. Usually, their reaction is very dry, as if to say that they still think Hum is better. Perhaps you had to be there to understand.

but at least know that without Lovecup’s influence, Hum would not have had quite the sound they did. Lovecup really shook the ground in C-U (Literally. They were the loudest band in town). They were the reason I got into the local music scene, and they were the first local band I ever saw, when they opened for Hot Glue Gun in ’91 at the original Blind Pig—I was hooked. They crossed genres and appealed to the alternative, punk, (emo was not “invented” yet—Braid did that later) metal and grunge scenes. It’s about time Lovecup be given its dues! As a person who’s been involved in the CU local music scene as a DJ, booking agent, audio engineer, guitarist/singer/bassist and all around fan, I will always hold Lovecup as the most influential band of the C-U scene during that period.The current direction of my band, Triple Whip, is an homage to that era of music. Santanu is guitarist for Triple Whip (next appearing April 24 at the Highdive). For more information about Lovecup see “The Unofficial Lovecup Site” at http://www.h-um.net/lovecup. SETH FEIN • CONTRIBUTING WRITER

One reason I was inclined to get involved in the C-U music scene was my experiences as a senior at Urbana High School. This was 1996-97; the smoke from the major label signing spree had cleared and the emo scene was flourishing. A friend had put out a 7” of a band called Hand To Mouth (an excellent band) and when I saw her at a Braid show she looked at me, asking, “Where’s your backpack?” It was comments like these that prompted my band, Absinthe Blind, to join up with three others, all in college and form the Toast Music Collective. We were more interested in making music than fitting in—silly name, I know, but at the time, we were about as indie as indie gets—we just didn’t sound like we were about to cry at the crescendo of every song. Each band had a distinct sound: Token was a three-piece groove act infused with G. Love. Jove was our resident electronic rock group. Marble, who had more talent in it than just about any band that’s ever played here, was Jeff Buckley meets Cake. Absinthe Blind was listening to The Verve and made sure that no practice was without a new effects pedal. We got together twice weekly to discuss our ideas for turning heads and making the collective work. Every decision was democratic and had to be endorsed by every band: in just a few short months, we started accomplishing our goals. There was never anything less than a packed house at Toast shows, as we rotated the order in which we played and promoted ourselves in new and

innovative ways that made flyering look like a joke. For example, in April ’98, Absinthe Blind bassist Mike Zolfo, Beauty Shop frontman John Hoeffleur (he was the bassist in Jove) and myself constructed a 6’ piece of Toast out of cardboard and placed it atop the main kiosk on the quad. We stood and watched as people noted it from afar and then, as they approached, gazed at gigantic letters that spelled out “BLIND PIG TONIGHT 9PM.” By 1 pm, just before it rained, WICD Channel 15 was on site, reporting on it for the 6:00 news. Toast stopped doing shows in ’99, but the remnants of the collective can be found everywhere, in C-U and beyond. Cortisol, Headlights, The Beauty Shop, Sanya n’ Kanya, Jenny Choi and planesmistakenforstars carry members of our loving little group with them today. It was the most exciting time of my life. Seth Fein is former drummer of Absinthe Blind and the only employee of the Urbana Booking Co. KYLE GORMAN • MUSIC EDITOR

“[The Quaker] was this older guy—He didn’t have hair on the very top of his head, but he had really long black hair—he worked at a place called Record Swap [now located in downtown Urbana], upstairs, right next to where Murphy’s is: it was all filled with records … I mean, there were no CDs yet. So every Tuesday new records would come out, and we would go to the record store and find out what to buy. Right on the front racks there would be these wooden shelves and they’d all have new records: there would be ten, fifteen or twenty new records. The coolest records would have these plastic sleeves, and they’d have these little stickers, in orange, pink and green, and the Quaker would write record synopses on them. They would always say something like ‘dark, driving post-punk reminiscent of Hüsker Dü.’ Sometimes he’d have a lot to say, and the dots would go all the way down the record, and you’d think, ‘Oh my goodness, this is probably great.’ It was the first place I ever heard Sonic Youth—”Bad Moon Rising” was recommended—and also things like the Cocteau Twins and Throwing Muses’ first album, which was import only. I discovered a band called the Volcano Sons through the Quaker—they seemed like the greatest band in the world. You’d find out about Mission of Burma there.At the time,WEFT was there—in fact the Quaker had a radio show—but there wasn’t a regular cool radio station;WPGU was still classic rock. So, this was the radio station: the way you heard about new music was that he recommended it—you wouldn’t actually hear the songs beforehand, sometimes.” As told to Kyle Gorman by Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack. Rick and Rose are founding members of The Poster Children and Salaryman. buzz

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ake, in its edible form, is prepared in a formulaic manner. Yes, there are some strikingly innovative pastries that can be defined by the termâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;German chocolate, pineapple upside-down or virtually any wedding cakeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but at the heart of it all is purely a little flour, some eggs, milk and of course, sugar. No one can deny the blissful simplicity of a frosty slice of chocolate cake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever want to try and reinvent ourselves, because we have a decent sound. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a five-piece band with the same guitar, bass, drums and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;trumpet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We play and come up with arrangements that fit each song â&#x20AC;Ś so yeah, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just sort of maintained a consistency, and we just try to get better and better with the configuration we have,â&#x20AC;? states the Latin-tinged trumpet man Vincent Di Fiore, one of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inherently stylized and basic elements. To the Sacramento-based, post-alternative/funkedified deadpan poets, Cake, the band, embraces its simplicity, achieving complexity with a sort of instrumental minimalism. However, since their low-fi origins, represented by 1992â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Motorcade of Generosity, explosion into the airwaves in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;96 with the flat sarcasms of Fashion Nuggetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Will Surviveâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

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rock and roll itself,and instead of getting on the bandwagon and saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yee-hawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and getting on with the big party of rock, maybe there are some things wrong with it.And you know we make that a part of the commentary. People think of rock itself as being iconoclastic, but really itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going along with the status quo. So maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re called iconoclastic because of observations that we sometimes make about the rest of the rock and roll world.â&#x20AC;? Despite misunderstood critics and angry predecessors, both Volcano Entertainmentproduced albums, Fashion Nugget and Prolonging the Magic, achieved platinum status; the subsequent Comfort Eagle (Columbia) went gold.And with the release of their new album Pressure Chief, Cake has launched a 20-city headlining tour with British rockers Gomez. Almost exclusively stopping at college campuses, the band is indeed surviving the business. Di Fiore further exudes their iconoclastic style, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that maybe in Seattle once someone described us as quixotic, which I thought was a pretty good description. You know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone who was attacking windmills with his spear.â&#x20AC;? Sticking with those same ingredients, guitar, bass, drums and Di Fioreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trumpet line, Pressure Chief is dynamically consistent. McCrea heightens his barren tone all too often on tracks suck as â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Phoneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wheelsâ&#x20AC;? but still manages to keep that smirk on his face. Being the first time the band has recorded in their own studio, an allcontrolling freedom empowered each musician to contribute as they saw fit.â&#x20AC;&#x153;We engi-

neered it ourselves, produced it ourselves and arranged it ourselves â&#x20AC;Ś it made some things a little bit more punchy and gritty. A lot of people say that this album reminds them a lot of our first record, Motorcade of Generosity because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both scrappy records. We kind of sound a little bit like a garage band thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using a lot of tools at our disposal to make that garage band sound work,â&#x20AC;? states Di Fiore. Cake stays true to their mantra in the face of the all-consuming cycle of the music industry and commercialism. Donning the home page of their Web site, a quote from the late Hunter S.Thompson reads, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a negative side.â&#x20AC;? Comparably, Di Fiore sums up the bands iconoclastic ideology, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cake is a four-letter word with some phonetic oomph. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be a verb; when food gets caked on your fingers or culture caked up on itself; the accumulation of wasteful physical matter, consumption, whether it be culture or material.â&#x20AC;? He continues, reflecting on the Thompson quote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exciting, action-packed evil world of rock and roll â&#x20AC;Ś makes you feel like a G.I. Joe soldier amidst it all.â&#x20AC;? buzz Cake will appear Wednesday, April 20 at the Assembly Hall.Tickets are $26 and the show starts at 7pm with opening bands Robbers on High Street and Gomez.

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Distance,â&#x20AC;? and subsequent self-proclaimed detachment from the grunge scene, critics and musicians alike have been slamming the pastry crusaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound as derivative and ideals contemptuous. In a June 2004 MetroActive magazine interview with bass player Victor Krummenacher of Camper Van Beethoven â&#x20AC;&#x201D;recently re-united influential/iconoclastic indie band of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the bassist declared that Cake would not even exist if it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for CVBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Cracker guitarist] Johnny Hickman and I have this joke, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look what you have wroughtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; joke, you know, when you have something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just obviously Camper-derived. Like, we played with Cake ... God, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have existed without us, and I hate them so. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just completely contemptuous of their audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I just feel like John McCrea exudes that attitude. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care if he reads this and sees me saying horrible things about him. I think he sucks. I think many things kind of suck these days. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see people pushing the musical envelope very often.â&#x20AC;? Ironically, CVB has actually been credited, or rather accused, of creating the very genre they claim to despise, iconoclastic indie-rock. Nevertheless, take the lyrics from the immensely popular Gloria Gaynor cover,â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Will Survive,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well now go/Walk out the door/Just turn around/ Now, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not welcome anymore/ Werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you the one/ Who tried to break me with desire?/Did you think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d crumple?/Did you think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d lay down and die?â&#x20AC;? Frontman John McCrea didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write them of course, but Cake was cited as mocking the music biz with his smirky tone. Thus, the band, at times, suffers this pigeonholed, artistic misunderstanding by various critics. McCreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deadpan sarcasm is labeled contemptuous toward the American public when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be universally accessible social commentary. Di Fiore iterates, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We make commentary about

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requirements through innovative set design. It is entirely possible that the Penny Dreadful Players will never have demand for so much spandex ever again, and PVC pipe has never been so tastefully displayed. Stetak mixes many classical conventions into his shockingly novel work, paying tribute to the ancient Greeks by including a chorus who provides the audience with useful plot and character information. In the spirit of groundbreaking student theatre, however, even this chorus is given a twist because they actually affect the action within the playâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all adorned in miniskirts and tall boots. The provocatively dressed chorus makes up only a fraction of the eclectic cast, filled with explosively over the top and ridiculous characters. It is a melodrama, after all. Troubled heroes and megalomanical villains abound, along with a special appearance by the cast of Threeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Company and even God, the omnipotent creator of Heaven and Earth (who is performed with all the thundering awe and power deserving of the King of all deities). Stetak scripted his surreal bedlam with a definite self-awareness, transforming some heart-wrenching moments into big laughs. An onstage fatal drug overdose is swept away by indifferent hilarity; death by laser is playfully understated; and a massive orgy is treated with the cutesy camp of a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cartoon show. Stetak is proud of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s range, calling it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cornucopia of different stylesâ&#x20AC;? with â&#x20AC;&#x153;a melodramatic framework, a touch of sci-fi, with some interspersed interpretative dance and fight scenes.â&#x20AC;? The play will be shown by the Penny Dreadful Players on April 15 and 16 at Greg Hall. That just happens to be Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weekend, so ditch the traditional boring â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is what I do every weekend mom, honest!â&#x20AC;? activities and take your mommy dearest to something that speaks on your true college career: debauched and hectic. Your mind will thank you.

narrators. John Ritter. A dazzling array of laser pistols. Orange juice. Such is the theatrical madness sprung from the mind of Steve Stetak; and the writer/director hopes that his audience will find the odd collage mind-warpingly entertaining. Stetak is a senior in the engineering department who can only be accurately described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;slimfunktascent.â&#x20AC;? His mellow posture and soft-spoken attitude do not do justice to the bubbling maelstrom of creativity that inhabits his mind. He wrote Cigarettes and Purple Pillz, or how my New Bathroom Tile Changed my Life: A Melodrama for the Post Modern Age (with appropriately loosened morals*)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;his first full-length playâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and is presenting it through the Penny Dreadful Players. The Penny Dreadful Players have long been an outlet for student writing, turning the fevered brain-children of many students into living, breathing realities. Dan McArdle, treasurer of the Penny Dreadful Players and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Security Force Guy 1â&#x20AC;? in Cigarettes and Purple Pillz says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It truly is an honor to work with Mr. Stetak. I am a person who greatly enjoys working towards developing new work.There is nothing more enjoyable than getting to create the characters and stories for the first time.â&#x20AC;? The three-act parade of the eccentric is based off of the music of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kultâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many of the characters are inspired by the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cryptic lyrics, and the show features a few scenes infused with its charming industrial fare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was listening to this song called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Starmartyr,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I thought to myself, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;this would be a really cool dance scene in a play,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and well thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how it started,â&#x20AC;? says Stetak, hands adorably dug deep into his pockets. Though the extended title boasts *itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about drugs and porn, the plot is anything but simple. Featuring about as many violent twists and turns as a Dickens novel, Cigarettes and Purple Pillz is as ambitious as it is bizarreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the script calling for scenes across the globe, in dark fortresses and even back in time! One particular scene requires the characters to be shrunk down to a microscopic size and enter the reproductive organs of another character. Naturally, such a diverse range of settings might cause some problems, but Stetak manages to meet his rigorous self-imposed Rehearsal for Cigarettes and Purple Pillz by Steve Stetak.

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Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi is a modified electrical engineer with a balanced program of engineering and music classes at the University of Illinois. The Virginia Beach,Va., native is also a practicing DJ with a substantial resume of albums and live performances under his belt. He has been a part of a number of side projects, such as the Animate Objects and is most often seen these days with Black Tie Elephant. Recently picked up by Green Street Records, who released a single by Hamidi-Toosi and DJ Spinnery last year, the local company will also be the home of his forthcoming record. He will also be found Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Illinois Disciples Foundation, where several other acts will be hosting an event titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Soupâ&#x20AC;? featuring music, food and Nintendo. What kinds of goals do you aim for when you sit down to compose a track?

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to say. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really set goals for tracks, they tend to have a life of their own, and I just help them along the way. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just hit me, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear a melody in my head. Usually it happens at the worst possible moment, when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in class or five miles from a tape recorder. Other times I will play around with combining and recombining different loops and sounds together

like puzzle pieces, to try and reconstruct a feeling or mood. Sometimes I try and compose music to a picture or video my friends post on my Web site. What do you performing live?

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I feel like the C-U scene has a lot of potential, but for some reason there is a lack of energy. I think it has something to do with nobody identifying with Urbana-Champaign, you know? Nobody seems to want to be here, or they feel that Urbana-Champaign can never live up to Chicago (it can). This town is very much a temporary place for a lot of people, and I think people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to invest the time and energy it takes to make stuff happen because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be leaving soon. There are some exceptions to this, though. I really think UC Hiphop has an energy, which is why I got involved with them. They are constantly working and doing stuff for the sake of fun and for the sake of music and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about.

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What are your favorite styles and genres of music to mix?

Haha, well everything sort of sounds mixed up to me already. The first music I was ever exposed to was jazz and classical music and then by following Miles Davis I was exposed to free jazz, bop, funk and fusion. Later on I started getting into electronic stuff, hip-hop and the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s indie bands my older sisters listened to. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird is just how mixed up these genres are to begin with. Hip-hop and jazz, electronic and classical, hawaiian and blues, no genre is pure. My favorite artists are the dynamic ones that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an allegiance to any one style, yet retain their own unique sound.

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I started experimenting with vocals a bit, which was scary. Dealing with musical fragments and how to arrange them together became a big issue after my computer crashed halfway through recording, and I lost two years of work.All the songs were shattered into a million pieces on my hard drive, little pieces of a drum loop here, little pieces of vocals there, a burst of noise in the middle of a guitar solo. It was a huge mess. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to release it, but figured Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d give it a shot and try to put it back together, so I could have some sort of closure with the project.

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Clemeth Abercrombie is an engineering student at the University of Illinois. However, he does live sound mixing at venues such as Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Cowboy Monkey. He’s also worked in Chicago and St. Louis with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to Slipknot.

When you’re not doing schoolwork or sound work, what do you like to do?

If you don't count changing the sound of my parent's speakers by ripping the cones out of them as a toddler, about seven years.

Explore the sensory extravaganza that is Champaign-Urbana by finding things to do that most people wouldn’t think of—such as repelling down large parking garages. I also like to check out the local music and touring acts that come to town. A few drinks here and there never hurt anything, either.

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Who is your favorite local musician?

How long have you been working with sound?

I do live sound mixing. That means when you're at a club, outdoor festival or theatrical production—I'm the guy standing behind the big thing with lots of knobs. I take all the instruments of the band and vocals and mix them to create a musical landscape that is pleasurable and familiar. Why did you get interested in sound?

Music has always been the driving force in my life, and not in the “my friends listen to this, and they're cool, so it must be cool” sort of way. An amazing harmony or the perfect tone will bring me to tears faster than about anything else on earth. Combine this passion with an interest in all things scientific (read: nerd), and you have the recipe for a sound engineer. I’m also a musician. Does this somehow relate to your major in engineering?

My coursework and research are in the field of architectural acoustics. Architectural acoustics is the study of how sound travels in and reacts to different rooms and environments. Live sound mixing gives me the chance to explore acoustics in real application and atmospheres.

Although this means I’ll probably get snide looks from all the others the next time I run sound for them, I’ll go ahead and pick one:The Living Blue. What do you hope to do in the future?

I will be working as a consultant with architects aiding in the design and renovation of performance spaces around the world. However, I would like to continue doing live sound on the side because I truly enjoy it. Do you have anything to add?

Sound is an enormous part of our lives. Try to develop your ears— listen to all the things you hear walking down the street and the rhythms and melodies they create.Then take that level of definition to your music listening. You will find that the tone and texture of each sound you hear makes as much of a contribution to the song as the chords and words. Most importantly, if it’s too loud, WEAR EARPLUGS because it can all go away if you don’t.

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tions were very generous, and the servers were very informative about explaining the various dishes.Also, I was delighted to learn that they were more than willing to share their recipes. But first I would need to see if it was worth it. The menu for the week included kichani, zucchini pakora, tomato chutney and chips, cream of potato soup and pumpkin cake. I started with the cream of potato soup, which had been seasoned with dill. I appreciated the light consistency of the soup and addition of fresh dill, countering the traditionally starchy feeling eating potatoes produces. I moved on to the kichani: a rice dish with lentils, fresh vegetables and spices. I was impressed by the unique flavors that were clearly an influence of home cooking.Very filling but definitely not heavy. It combined particularly well with the other items. The tomato chutney was a sweet medium for the vegetable chips it was served with, as well as the zucchini pakora. Pakora is a delicately pan-fried vegetable in a spiced chickpea batter.Though I am usually wary of fried foods, I thought the pakora’s fried flavor was not overbearing. Needing to cleanse my palate and

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In its second year, the label’s staff has escalated to 30 and four Green St. Records acts were nominated for the C-U Music Awards. These students also do everything from booking shows and setting up recording times to providing each band with a manager and publicist, Morton said. Green St. Records is now gearing up for the release of their second album on April 23. Release shows will be held at The Canopy Club in Urbana on Saturday and at Highdive in Champaign on April 24. With the plan of distributing 2,500 albums, the label has used their love of music to showcase the talent of local bands and make their music available to the University students. “I have to say the best part is working with everyone for such an awesome common goal,” said Brittany Cadwalder, a member of the marketing staff. “We take it seriously. It’s something we really believe in.”

Illini Film & Video brings the work of local bands to a visual medium

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Min’s work is a bit more conventional than Quitmeyer’s. It is a mixture of concert and studio clips, as well as just casual shots of the band hanging around. He limits his artistic input, saying that it is “more important to show the effort the band puts into their music than to compromise that idea with the director’s own artistic vision.” “Particularly in dealing with concert footage,” Min said, “you need to have dynamic action from different points of view to sync up with the music, or else you’re really going to lose the viewer’s interest.” “It’s an incredible challenge in selecting footage since, in many cases, the lighting of the video can be inconsistent and poor transitioning can produce a disruptive effect on a smooth visual experience,” he said. “(IFV) has been an incredible source as an amateur filmmaker, not only through the availability of cameras and equipment but also through the sheer experience of working with others that are equally as passionate about filmmaking as you.” Even if there is technical equipment and willing actors available, a common problem for such

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upcoming filmmakers is shoestring budgets. Obtaining necessities like props, sets and quality lighting can be significant obstacles. Often, improvisation, tenacity and a willingness to get a little dirty can pay off. Quitmeyer’s solution for limited resources was finding costumes in the trash and paying his stars in creative, and edible, ways. He said,“The most interesting thing I have found with working with a film is that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough.” Despite such difficulties, the common denominator for any student project is ingenuity and willpower. The IFV exists to bring together such film virtuosos. “No matter the scope of the project,” Lukeman said, “there are always students interested in working on movies on campus, and we try to help these people find each other.” buzz

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Seth Hubbard, head of Polyvinyl promotion and publicity, says the label was once pegged as an emo, but he believes things have changed in the past couple of years. “The goal is to try and put out stuff that everyone knows that when Polyvinyl puts something out they know it’s going to be good, but they don’t really know what it’s going to sound like,” Hubbard said.“We want to be known as a label that’s going to put good stuff out every time and not just a specific genre.” The first bands on Polyvinyl were Braid and Rainer Maria. Members of Braid were old friends of Lundsford, and Rainer Maria was picked up after playing a show in Champaign. Though Braid has disbanded, they remain popular on the indie circuit. “The Braid guys were just old friends before we even had any kind of label,” Lundsford said. “And we started putting out 7inches for them and putting on shows for them.” Currently, Polyvinyl has signed 12 active bands.The bands were attracted to the label through word of mouth or through other Polyvinyl bands. The label’s prerequisites for signing a band include hard-working artists and music that everyone at Polyvinyl likes. The label has two local bands on their label, but they are looking to expand their local roots. “More specifically, we’re looking to continue putting down more roots in Champaign and being able to draw more from the community like we have in over the last eight to nine months since we’ve been in this office,” Lundsford said.“It’s really nice to be more centralized and be able to have interns from schools or just people interested in having experience.” As an independent label, Polyvinyl enjoys the freedom of having a casual atmosphere and the room to build a label of musicians who make honest music. Their goal of becoming a versatile label that guarantees good music every time has been achieved with the sounds of the Mates of States eccentric organ-drum harmonization to the mellow melodies of Ida. Polyvinyl works to keep an artist-friendly label. “We do what we do in order to put out records that are real and are honest pieces of work by bands that really deserve to have some exposure,” Lundsford said.

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Polyvinyl Records, responsible for putting out music by bands like Braid, Of Montreal and Decibully, began as two Danville high schoolers’ fanzine. Matt Lundsford and his now wife, Darcie, began their fanzine in high school, and with the third issue they included a 7-inch record. “The label sort of began from very organic beginnings, not anything planned to make us a full-fledged endeavor really,” Lundsford said. “It was just putting out friends’ records.” With the help of supportive parents, rental office space and a DIY work ethic, Matt and Darcie, co-presidents, launched Polyvinyl into a full-fledged record label. It later packed up and settled down in Champaign for its cheap and music-friendly college atmosphere.

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Diener’s uncle first introduced him to the world of music by playing acoustic blues. After exploring the blues, he instantly became drawn to other kinds of music, such as reggae and African music. Bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones also helped Diener build his passion for music. Growing up in the Washington D.C. suburbs, the Diener family had little money to spare. So Diener shopped for music at used record stores. He was, and still remains, skeptical of chain stores like Best Buy. “All that stuff changes.Their music is in six months and out the next,” Diener said. “It’s just disposable music.” Record Swap buys used LPs, CDs and cassette tapes and also orders new items from various dealers across the country. When CDs took over the music market, Diener purchased WPGU’s entire 15,000-record collection. Many have heard time and time again from their elders, “You call that music?” Diener, 49, recognizes that there is still great music being made today—you just have to dig around a bit to find it. “There’s a wealth of musical talent out there, but you got to get past the crap first,” Diener said. Customers enjoy digging through Diener’s thousands of albums that line the store walls and fill the huge stacks and shelves. Most wind up finding a treasure. The Record Swap has been known to recognize a talented band or artist and get their work on the shelves before their music becomes mainstream. Diener imported U2’s and Nirvana’s first two CDs before either landed a record deal and hit the radio waves. The store even has its own record label. ZIMBOB inc. was founded in 1993 and distributes, releases and sells music from Zimbabwe, Africa. Record Swap manufactures ZIMBOB CDs and also imports Zimbabwean cassettes, books and musical instruments.This label is an example of the culturally diverse selection the store offers. Customers can visit the store’s Web site at www.recordswap.com. You can even email the store with a want-list, and they will try to locate your music and have it ready for you to purchase. Record Swap also sells a wide selection of T-shirts, buttons, stickers and incense. buzz

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id you hear about the incident at the Natural History Building? Well, apparently something, or maybe some … one, is missing. All anyone knows is that a mummy is gone, and students are being murdered in, well, a really predictable fashion. If you see a cloth-wrapped revenant and its bloody trail of dispatch, then you will probably also see Chris Lukeman and a band of Illini Film and Video auteurs. At it for almost a year, The University of Illinois vs. A Mummy is the IFV’s most recent concoction of cinema science. Lukeman, president of the club and the film’s director, describes the movie as “straight out horror-comedy, with lots of lame one-liners, cheesy blood special effects, and U of I in-jokes and references.” As for the student film group, “IFV’s main goal has always been to network experienced directors, to actors, to crew, who then in turn learn the ropes of student filmmaking and become the directors themselves.” Conceived in the fall of 1999 by Andrew McCallister and Mike Stone, the RSO provides a forum for would-be directors, actors, editors and producers, as well as a film festival in the spring. If a person has an idea, willpower and some organization, the club, its members and its resources can make the script come to life. Above just a networking arena, the club has steadily built up a sizable arsenal of production tools. Lukeman described the equipment: “IFV currently has several high-quality cameras as well as several less expensive models. Each cam is augmented by a lighting and sound kit, as well as several other odds and ends. Along with our cameras, we have an editing station running Final Cut Pro 4.5.” It is just a matter of practicality and the languishing attention span of teens that short film is the modus vivendi of young directors. Plus, with computer-based editing it is quite simple to create a montage of sights and sounds. Because of this, music videos are a common style choice for amateur film. The art of the music video has grown up along with its first audience, providing ample inspiration. What were originally simple compilations of quick cuts and angled shots of musicians have evolved to mini-narratives and lavish productions.

Since the birth of MTV, music videos have been commodified and mass marketed, while at the same time enlightened and complicated. Often times just a sham production meant to glamorize the so-called musicians while in other cases a thoughtful political statement, the medium has been versatile. Many IFV members have made their own music videos, either with the club or on their own. Andy Quitmeyer created a, to put it mildly, tongue-in-cheek work for rapper Boombox $14.99. He summarizes it as a piece that “deals with the serious issue of faulty pimp cups improperly dispensing their pimp juice.” “Throughout a single day,” he said,“we follow each rapper through his take on cup spillage, with a short intro and even a nice rappers’ picnic.” When questioned about recurring themes in his work, Quitmeyer said, “In reviewing all my films, some of the most salient themes include hookers, ripping people in half and my bare chest.” True to his word, the video of the song “Cup Don’t Pour Right” is eclectic and, yes, contains prostitutes, dismemberment and a host of other eccentric, funny oddities. It clips along to the song’s fast tempo with quick cuts and sped-up motion. The backdrop changes frequently too, ranging from a kitchen to a luxury car dealership to the now infamous St. Louis Arch. As for artistic inspiration, he said, “If some part of my mind thinks, ‘Hey, we should do something like that Spike Jonze,’ then the rest of me will try to do the opposite and somehow everything will eventually balance out.” Actually, though its plot is bizarre, the work has been well received. “The film has been accepted to six various film festivals across the country, including one at The Canopy Club on April 9 and the prestigious New York Independent International Film Festival this June,” Quitmeyer said. Currently working on another music video is fellow IFV member Brian Min.The feature band is Blame Twilight, a “four-piece melodic hard rock/alternative band based out of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.”

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Carrying everything from Zepplin to reggae, Record Swap in downtown Urbana has been selling new and used LPs, CDs and cassette tapes for more than 20 years. Although the store contains nearly every genre of music, it features large collections of rock, jazz, soul, blues, world and imported music. Owner Bob Diener opened the Record Swap in 1979 with his brother Ted in the Chicago suburbs. The store now resides at 110 Race St. Diener’s love for music began at the age of 15 when his interest in baseball began to fade. “When I was a kid I could spend six hours in a record store,” Diener said. “That was half the fun of it.”

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If it were not for the tiny red decal in the window, an ordinary brick building on a side street in Urbana would be almost anonymous. Walking through the metal door is like stepping into another world. Music is stacked everywhere, the CDs and LPs bursting out of boxes among the open-air desks.The bustling place is filled with the sounds and sights of indie rock. After all, as Parasol Records founder Geoff Merritt said, “We do all sorts of stuff. Just about anything that has anything to do with independent music.” By recording, promoting and distributing music, Parasol is almost vertically integrated in the indie music scene. It started about 15 years ago, amid the nascent grunge rock movement. “I started buying and selling records when I was in San Francisco,” Merritt said.“I came back after six months and brought all my records with me. I bought a house down the street here and ran it out of the basement for a while.” After a few location changes, the business kept growing and eventually settled in its current, inconspicuous home. “By doing what we do,” Merritt said, “Parasol has connected

with more musicians and labels, growing into the independent music hub it is today.” Musically, the brand has grown beyond its initial focus on guitarbased pop. Now there are labels focused on other variations and forms of the rock theme. The Mud, Spur, Reaction and Hidden Agenda labels all stemmed from Parasol. Mud concentrates on rock, while Spur was originally created for a kind of country music album. Reaction and Hidden Agenda were made to rerelease older works and highlight more esteemed rock acts, respectively. Hidden Agenda was the American distributor of the Swedish band The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Now signed with a major label, the Grammy-nominated group’s success reflects Parasol’s role in the greater music industry. “I think we’ve got a reputation in some quarters as being a stepping-stone label,” said Michael Roux, publicity manager for Parasol. “There have been major label employees that for years have subscribed to our e-mail updates.We have a reputation as being at least a respected filter for people to look in on what sounds good,” he said. As for creating and distributing records, much of the former was local and familiar, the latter more exotic. Many of the first recordings and productions were for friends and personally known acts. Meanwhile, a good portion of the distribution catalog is imports from Sweden and the UK, with a few interesting acts from Spain. On the other hand, exports are frequently sent to Japan and all over the world. “We kind of became the official Sweden portal,” Merritt said. Once, when the Swedish consulate toured America, Parasol representatives were invited to attend the opening banquet. Luckily for local music enthusiasts, Parasol’s building is open to the public and functions as a record shop. Having been made a bit more customer-friendly over time, a couple dozen people will stroll in from day to day. The idea behind this company’s music distribution is simple. “For the most part, we all like everything we put out because otherwise it wouldn’t work. [The sound] changes, but we put out what we like so that hasn’t changed. We’re not going to put out stuff just because we think it’s going to be huge,” Merritt said.

The label is getting into digital music, working with the major Internet downloading services. Beyond that, the objective is business as usual.Without a bottom-line profit hanging over their heads, Parasol is in it for the music. “We don’t have any illusions of world dominance or anything like that,” Merritt joked.“We’re always trying to find new stuff to put out. So we just kind of keep doing what we’re doing but a little better each time.”

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It started with a few friends getting together and talking about an idea. It turned into the only student-run record label in the Big Ten and one of the very few student-run record labels in the country. Founded by four University of Illinois students, Green St. Records is now gearing up to release its second album, Playlisted. “We had an idea one day that we wanted to get more involved in the music scene on campus …We came up with this record label, and it just snowballed from there,” said the label’s co-founder Joshua Morton. Channeling an intense interest in the music business, founders Morton, Aaron Rosenthal, Jason Drucker and Jonathan S. Rozen started Green St. Records in March 2003. These four, along with a volunteer staff of 12, set out to develop, advertise and distribute a compilation album of local music in an effort to create a musical representation of the student body at the University.The label’s first album, Emergence, was released in April 2004 and featured the music of 12 bands. Green St. Records has taken on the responsibility of running a label out of an apartment. It has secured enough money to give each band eight hours of recording time in a studio—some of which have never been given the chance to play for an audience. It has given local bands a chance to be a part of an album, and 1,500 copies of its first album were actively distributed in just three days. The staff has done all this while still attending the University full time. Many staff members agree they do it because they have a love of music. In order to be eligible for an album, at least one fourth of the band must be a University student. Green St. Records is a registered student organization and has established this rule so that it can remain tied to the University. It is funded by benefit concerts and SORF. It is a nonprofit label, and the albums are distributed for free. “Because it is not for profit and the bands don’t contribute anything, everyone that is involved in the project is just doing this because they love music,” Rosenthal said.

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Tom Cruise is perfect, damnit. Anyone who says otherwise will have his or her ass taken to court. Cruise has filed a lawsuit against The Beast, a bi-weekly Buffalo, N.Y., newspaper, for insinuating that he is a shallow Hollywood jerk who dabbles with nose candy. In a feature entitled “The 50 Most Loathsome People in America,” Cruise clocked in at No. 39 for, The Beast reasoned, his undeserved stardom and for being “a carbon copy of a quintessential rich, asshole cokehead.” Cruise’s lawyer, in an angry letter, stated that the star “despises drugs” and demanded the paper print a retraction. Normally I would make some sort of joke here, but I’d prefer not to be sued. I love Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is rad. Good Tom Cruise, good boy… MGM Studios and its independent offspring United Artists are no longer. The classic Metro-GoldwynMayer company has been floundering since 1969 and now is set to be divvied up among a consor tium of companies including Sony Corp. MGM brought us cinematic gems such as The Wizard of Oz and BenHur, while UA gave us Annie Hall and Raging Bull. After the divvying, about 1,150 MGM employees will have to send resumes elsewhere including, I hear, the lazy lion with the half-assed roar. But knowing the scarcity of good enter tainment jobs for lions, I’m guessing he has a one-way ticket to The Surreal Life. Poor fella. Do you want the good news first or the bad news? We’ll go with the good news. Shit your pants Cindy Sue because there is going to be a Transformers movie. You know, those awesome Hasbro toys that, with a few twists, would transform from, say, a paddle boat into an evil bazooka-toting samurai robot warrior of ultimate doom? But hold on Cindy Sue, put on some clean shorts because the evil camera-toting Hollywood robot director of ultimate doom, Michael Bay (who plagued us with Pearl Harbor and Bad Boys II) is directing. Fortunately, the film won’t open until Nov. 17, 2006, so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy those brain cells of yours he’ll undoubtedly kill.

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English tennis player Tim Henman nearly made it to the Wimbledon finals just before the movie Wimbledon came out, based on the premise that a Brit hadn’t made it to the championship in several decades. And as Peter and Bobby Farrelly were getting set to Boston baseball-ize Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby’s soccer novel about how a woman’s love balances out another losing season for a diehard fan, those darn Red Sox went and won their first title in 86 years in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Then again, the underdog victory doesn’t make for a bad setting for the unlikely love between Ben (Jimmy Fallon), a goofball schoolteacher who sleeps on Red Sox pillows and wipes with Yankees toilet paper, and Lindsey (Drew Barrymore), a successful businesswoman whose friends say she needs to stop dating high-powered executive-types. She loves “Winter Ben,” who’s sweet, caring and totally unconcerned with sports. It’s “Summer Ben” that threatens to doom the relationship, a Mr. Hyde version of an overgrown boy who’d rather go to a ballgame than on a romantic Parisian getaway.Written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo

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film, something is wrong. If four writers can’t make a Clive Cussler novel into a decent screenplay, something is wrong. If not even William H. Macy can make a film enjoyable, something is definitely wrong. Sahara, directed by Breck Eisner, suffers the same fate as a film like Armageddon. In each case, a team of writers formulates a script that sacrifices everything for action. Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey), a repeating Cussler character, is a treasure seeker searching for a lost Civil War battleship that supposedly got lost in the Sahara. Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) is a doctor with the World Health Organization trying to discover the source of a strange plague that has been killing Africans. Pitt saves Rojas from assassination, and their missions converge into one and the same. How? Why? These questions probably came up while the writers hashed out the script, to which they might have responded, “Because it’s a movie.” Once the storylines combine, it’s a race to see which audience member can figure

Mandel (Robots), Fever Pitch is right on target in its presentation of some men’s obsession with what their women might see as just a game. They’ll dance for the right to go to the biggest series of the season, they’ll embarrass themselves on ESPN to declare devotion to the team, and, for them, an invitation to go to Opening Day is a major step in a relationship. There are also a handful of jokes that will only be funny to baseball fans— when a friend of Ben’s refuses to dance for a FEVER PITCH • Yankees-Red Sox ticket, Ben sarcastically asks him,“You holdin’ out for the Royals?”You don’t have to love the crack of the bat or the smell of a ballpark hot dog to enjoy Fever Pitch, but it’s a pleasure to detect that it was written by people who do. With their first movie since the surprisingly tender Stuck on You, the Farrellys continue the softening of their humor, with only an awkward Red Sox fan who sells sponges feeling like a familiar Farrelly nutjob. The first act is a snooze, with the movie not really swinging for the fences until Lindsey discovers Ben’s love affair with the Sawwx. It also balks whenever Lindsey’s friends are present, a cliched assortment of onscreen teammates—the hot blonde, the wise brunette and the single, overweight girl—that drag Fever Pitch down like a Derek Jeter grand slam. Yet Fallon and Barrymore make a

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charming, romantic duo with offbeat chemistry that feels as natural as washing down peanuts with cheap beer. Though not quite as funny or insightful as other Hornby adaptations High Fidelity and About A Boy, the film is a sincere love letter to the passions that, from the outside, might seem like hobbies but from the inside, are, as Ben says, as important as sex and breathing. It blurs the line between diversion and duty, between choice and commitment and between leisure and obligation. Fever Pitch understands that the people who have season tickets near you can feel like a family and that rooting for the team can be comforting even when they lose. It’s a fitting tribute to love and baseball, but do us North Siders a favor: Skip the first 20 minutes or so and instead spend it writing a letter to Tinsel Town asking for another movie about the Cubs.

out what is happening first. Somewhere between the lost ship, the plague, the toxins, world destruction, Civil War coins, assassins, poisoned water, and dirty businessmen it just becomes too much. Getting lost in Sahara isn’t nearly as entertaining or enjoyable as it is in a film like The Usual Suspects. One character, some sort of assassin, appears only at the beginning and end of the movie. He, like many of the supporting characters, comes and goes at his convenience. Who he is and what SAHARA • PENELOPE CRUZ, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, STEVE ZAHN he wants is secondary inforworld’s destruction to the American mation, neglected for the sake of action. McConaughey and Cruz play their ambassador, who says he will pass it on to roles well, they just don’t have characters to the State Department and then leaves the play. They have no motivation to do what folder behind. There is certainly an unfitting clash of they’re doing. Then into the mix comes Zahn’s character, Al, the typical comic action and comedy in Sahara. The characrelief sidekick. He scores with a few of his ters are laughed at, not with, and they snappy one-liners, but most are untimely deserve to be. Action-comedies do not and unfunny. Macy is underused as need to give up on characters and story to Admiral James Sandecker, the man funding provide action and comedy. People Pitt’s mission into Africa. With probably a remember names like Axel Foley of Beverly fifth of the screen time Zahn has, Macy Hills Cop and Marty McFly of Back to the brings about five times as many laughs. Future. Since those are both trilogies, One particularly delightful scene occurs maybe Dirk Pitt will have two more when Sandecker brings news of the chances to redeem himself.

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living here in Urbana is getting to watch the music scene evolve. I have been active within its confines for over a decade now, starting with a high school band that actually played at college house parties. Now, while I am no longer playing in a band, I am glad to still be able to book shows and to help bands hit the road when the timing is right. One of the most exciting things to me is to find the new bands that crop up every year. They enrich the scene and are cause for celebration, at least, in terms of knocking back a couple of PBR's and looking over at the crowd and thinking, "Yeah.This band works." This year had been a big one for the scene. And while I could recount all the things that the more popular bands did, I would rather dedicate this column to the newbies in town. In fact, in honor of the Local Music Awards last week, let's even make it into a faux competition! So, here are the Seth Fein is from Urbana. He has forgotnominees: ten more shows in the Colonel Rhodes last two years in CU Led by the towering Seth than you've been to. Hubbard, publicist for He can be reached at Polyvinyl Records, this sethfein@hotmail.com band has gained much . ground over the course of the last year. Whereas they started off sounding very alt-country with just a hint of Widespread Panic, they now have congealed into a straight up solid sounding indie rock act. After changing lineups and in effect, their sound, at the beginning of September, they have been hard at work, opening for the likes of Juliana Hatfield, Murder By Death, Saturday Looks Good To Me, Lucero and now, coming on May 2, will grace the stage of the IDF with Pedro the Lion thanks to Three Men and a Horse Booking. Very impressive. They play April 21 at Mike n Molly's. The Chemicals - When I first met Andrew Davidson and Carri Andrews in Mike n Molly's on the night of The Blackouts (now The Living Blue) victory at Irving Plaza in NYC, a tipsy Carri claimed that Andrew's soon to be named act was better than they were. I was impressed immediately and booked them alongside Headlights for a show at Caffe Paradiso, based solely on her vim. Carri joined the band a week before their performance, and they gave a jaw-dropping performance for their first time on stage. Now, ironically

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enough, Andrew is also the bassist of The Living Blue.Whether or not they are better is up to you. One thing is for sure, The Chemicals know how to play. They'll do just that this Saturday, April 16 at The Canopy Club. Ambitious Pie Party - Kelly McMorris is the most under appreciated songwriter in C-U, hands down. Once the frontman for a band called Synesthesia, he was limited by the number of people he had working for him. Always determined to put together a mini-orchestra, McMorris has started to realize his vision with his newest creation. They have been playing like mad as of late and are garnering more and more attention with every outing. Listen to his lyrics, you'll be captivated. They play April 20 at The Canopy Club. The Elanors - Simply put: heartbreaking and terse. Okay, so I ripped that off of a Richard Powers book jacket, but nonetheless, it is an accurate description of the Noah and Adriel's first album, A Year To Demonstrate. Upon viewing the band for the first time, I was so astonished that I not only bought their album, I offered them shows on the spot. Two of the nicest people you'll meet in your lifetime, they had been playing around the Midwest and only recently started playing locally on a regular basis. Jana Roberts, local DJ and music lover, relayed her feelings about the band to me one night, saying, "I've been waiting my whole life for this band." Well put. They play April 30 with Headlights at The Iron Post. Hot Club d'Urbana - If you've never heard the music of Django Reinhardt, stop reading immediately, go to Parasol Records and have them order you a copy of his best. It will change your life. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is as good as Django. Not even Don Gerard's new project The SelfRighteous Brothers. John Nussbaum, The brothers Moss and Billy Kirst of Apollo Project are the most intriguing and affluent of all the new bands on the block.They are dedicated to recreating the experience of Django for the most part and do so with the tastiest licks in town.They open for Of Montreal and Tilly and The Wall April 27 at The Highdive. So, now that you've heard the nominees, go ahead and cast your vote ... Okay, good job! Let me tally them up, hold on a sec... Huh? That's weird? It's a tie! Between all of them! They are all worthy of a trophy. Remember, music is not about competition. It's about progress and support.And all of these bands deserve yours.

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an epiphany on Sunday after noon. Actually, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure you can have something that you have to look up the spelling and meaning of in the dictionary, but if you can, I definitely had one. For the first time so far this year, it seemed like spring. Piss, I actually turned on a fan. I sipped a can of soda pop, smoked a few cigarettes and watched Tiger Woods make one of the most amazing golf shots in history, and then it hit me. Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to start doing something besides drinking, sleeping and playing with your little Xbox. It just occurred to me that someone will probably ask me if I call my penis Xbox, so I figured I might as well beat them to the punch and just make the joke myself. Anyways, I sort of realized that it was time to get back in shape for the summer. Now first off, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coulter Shape,â&#x20AC;? not actual shape. The men of the Coulter family usually lose five or 10 pounds once it warms up, so that partâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just nature and genes, pretty simple there.The other part of the equation is simply to get in good enough shape to be functional. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be very clear, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean functional in that I can run a marathon or anything. That seems like it would be a real pain in the ass. I just want to be able to walk 18 holes, play basketball for a couple of hours, show a little outfield speed in slow pitch softball, and maybe play tennis once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 90 freaking degrees outside. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to realize that these activities will be spread out over the whole week and will require drinking either before, during and after (sometimes all three), so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not that big of undertaking to get in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coulter Shape.â&#x20AC;? Still, it sucks to think about it. It sucks to get started on it. It even sucks when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing it some of the time, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta be done. I started slowly by taking the dog for a walk around the park, which he seemed to enjoy much more than I did. We got back, and I was sort of tired, so I played the new Splinter Cell game for awhile and went to bed, assuming the fresh start would be much better if it began on a Monday morning. Five in the morning came pretty damned early. My body was in shock. My liver has had more alcohol through it than

some distilleries, but this morning it was running clean and likely somewhat lonely. My sleep clock was very concerned and insisted I go back to bed for another hour. My ankles popped like Orson Welles standing on bubble wrap. All this before the door was shut behind me. I have to admit, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful that time of morning, especially if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just getting home from the night before.The air had just a little bite to it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Probably just enough to cause my nipples to chafe,â&#x20AC;? I thought Michael Coulter to myself. I started to run. is a videographIt wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so bad at the er, comedian beginning, the first block and can be or so. The houses on the heard on WPGU street seemed to go by in 107.1 Thursdays slow motion. This was at 5 with Ricker because I was running workinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; it. very slowly. It was hard to get too excited about my progress until I could no longer hear the confused dog barking from the window. After that, I thought about a few things, random stuff that popped in my head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should I have brought cigarettes? I wonder if I broke into that house and got a drink of water, would anyone notice? What if they shot at me? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be freaking weird.â&#x20AC;? Then finally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Okay, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in shape now. I gotta be.â&#x20AC;? The run was over, and I felt okay. Three more weeks of this shit, and I can jack around until next spring. After three weeks of working out is over, I will once again be functional for my summer of sports. Eighteen holes of golf will be nothing. Hell, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still be able to drop a 12-pack during the round if I need to. Basketball, smasketball. Honestly, we talk about playing way more than we actually play. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m totally functional enough for that. Slow pitch softball? Yep, I should be able to run the bases without getting too winded. Hell, half the guys on my team are smoking in the dugout anyway, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get too far ahead of the curve. Playing tennis, I usually have some sort of heat stroke an hour into it, so a large part of that is just automatic pilot. Sure, some people with their fancy degrees and their regular heart beats will say you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in shape in three short weeks, but like my dad always says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Screw a lot of them.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coulter Shape.â&#x20AC;? I will be able to play any sport while smoking and drinking, and that, my friends, is what summer sports are all about.

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he original British film version of Fever Pitch is not exactly what you would expect to be the inspiration for a new Farrelly brothers’ film. Director David Evans’ 1997 adaptation of a popular Nick Hornby novel is not particularly loaded with crude and juvenile humor; it is, however, a rather delightful, off-beat romantic comedy about an obsessed life-long “football” fan of an English soccer team, the famed Arsenal and his inability to commit to any serious relationship during the August May soccer season. Nick Hornby’s novel nicely mixes light situational comedy and the sometimes cute awkward situations of adult romance. Hornby is most noted to American audiences for his later works; the adapted screenplays for High Fidelity and About a Boy both concerned self-centered and slightly obsessed bachelors with romantic troubles. Colin Firth, who is best known as the other romantic interest in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Shakespeare in Love, stars as Paul Ashworth, a high school English teacher who is in his mid-30s. Since he was a boy, when his estranged father took him to his first football match, he learned to love Arsenal through the toughest of times. Much like the

die-hard Cubs fan, or the Red Sox fan for that matter, Arsenal have not seen a championship in many decades. By far the film’s most interesting subplot is not the sports tale but the awkward romance. A newly hired female instructor begins a new term at Paul’s school and almost at first sight, Paul is attracted to her like oil to water. Her name is Sarah Hughes, a petite, neatly organized, serious professional. By contrast, Paul is a chain-smoking, sloppy, FEVER PITCH • RUTH GEMMELL & COLIN FIRTH casual guy who ad-libs lessons on Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, while esty and vulnerability, as the two characters focusing most of his energies on his after- learn what it takes to be committed to a school activities as the school’s soccer coach. meaningful relationship. Sarah teaches Paul Initially, Firth and actress Ruth Gemmell, to care more about things important to life, who plays Sarah, are awkwardly uneasy, and besides his beloved Arsenal, and she actualthe situations they are written in are rather ly lets her hair down and finds pleasure in standard for a romance film—small talk, the letting go. Fever Pitch was a little-known film in its first night over, the unsure next morning at work, etc. But soon opposites attract. Firth’s first release, but you can now discover some outgoing working class manner and of its subtle charms at your local video store. Gemmell’s stuffy princess eventually create a It is available on Trimark Home Video and real chemistry that’s quite appealing to audi- DVD. Please ignore its blatantly cheap cover ences who prefer their love stories with photo of a half-naked female soccer player in a men’s locker room and ad slogan “There’s actors slightly older than teenagers. In a very natural way, Hornby’s script more than one way to score!” You cannot depicts the single lifestyle of contemporary judge this film by its ridiculous cover. adults with many scenes of revealing hon-

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Naomi Watts & Sissy Spacek Troubling for all the wrong reasons, The Ring Two never makes a strong case for its own existence. The biggest letdown about the movie is that it fails to significantly advance the story, something a reporter like Rachel should understand is crucial in a follow-up effort. Like the video that provides

there are very few of you that both read my column and went to the Local Music Awards show at the Highdive last week, I’d like to thank all five of you for making it an amazing show. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend, the show went incredibly well.Tons of people were there, we didn’t have any major problems (unless you count Coulter pouring a beer on himself a problem), and anyone who was anyone in the C-U music scene was there. It was great. Some great bands played too. And I want to thank all of them as well. And Ippatsu Hair Salon gave free haircuts to all of us presenters, and I’d like to personally thank Rebecca for giving me a kick-ass hair cut. Sheesh, I sound like that chump at the Oscars who gets the music played during his speech. The whole point of the Buzz/WPGU Local Music Awards show was to get word out about the amazing local music scene in Champaign-Urbana. Awards shows suck, usually, but this one was good intentioned. There really is a great local music scene in our community, and more people need to realize it. Almost every night you can go to one of the many venues (check out the Main Event section this week to find out more about venues) around town to hear a great band rockin’ out. If you haven’t already noticed, this issue is printed on really nice paper, and there’s a lot more color around. Hell, even my picture is in color. Why did we do all this stuff, you ask? Because the staff here at Buzz wants to get the word out about our wonderful local music scene.We don’t think enough people know just how great it is. Throughout the issue you’ll find info about bands, venues, record labels, CD artwork and local music videos, among other things. For those of you who don’t know so much about the local music scene, read this issue and go check out some shows. All of them are good in their own right, and they all work their asses off to get shows and get people to go to the shows. So help out the bands and get outta your house, apartment, dorm monotony and see some rockin’ music. For those of you who are already involved in the music scene, just keep doing what you’re doing. Without the fans, local music would fall apart. For everyone, keep this issue as sort of a guide to get you through on days when you’re blue (Woah, I rhymed and didn’t mean to) because at the very least, the nice paper makes it look pretty.

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THE AMITYVILLE HORROR Ryan Reynolds & Melissa George This remake of the 1979 horror “classic” features Reynolds and George as a couple moving into a haunted house. The movie is based on a supposedly true story that was really popular back in the ’70s after the book of the same name by Jay Anson became a best seller. Horror films and remakes are about a dime a dozen these days, so combining the two seems like a nobrainer. (Andrew Vecelas) GUNNER PALACE During the Iraq conflict, a group of American soldiers in Baghdad took up refuge in a pleasure palace that once belonged to Saddam Hussein. This documentary opening at Boardman’s Art Theater tells their story, a strange tale of warfare that you’re not likely to hear on any nightly newscast. (Andrew Vecelas)

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SIN CITY 3.5 STARS

Queen Latifah & Alicia Silverstone Beauty Shop is mostly a “woman’s film” that even appeals to a youthful male audience, with lots of sexy female eye candy that never misses the director’s gaze. It has undeniable crowdpleasing appeal for those who like urban comedy with a less vulgar approach. You also won’t be offended by any harsh political put-downs of past civil rights leaders, like the first Barbershop film. (Syd Slobodnik)

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