Interviews

Burning Down the House: The latest student music scene in C-U, part one

Loud, unbridled, punch-drunk rock and roll.

This is the new music scene brewing in the campus area of Champaign-Urbana. A collection of students from the University of Illinois have taken the DIY approach to a new level, bringing in a cavalcade of raw bands that have been performing staggering sets in packed houses. Popular places in the scene like Audible Meats in Urbana find themselves as hotspots for stacked billings of up-and-coming artists. Many other houses are rotated constantly, keeping the choices in location as fresh as the music that has truly wired the new field. In this series I will be talking to the bands who have made a name for themselves by putting on electrifying performances in the comfort of whatever basement they can find.

In Part I of this monthly series, I chat with King of the Coast, The Threads, and Puzzle Quest about their history, music, and the growing house-show scene in CU.

In his new series, Casey explores the world of the DIY student music scene in C-U by getting up close and personal with some of the acts. 

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