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Give Back Garden needs volunteers

I stopped by the Give Back Garden (201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign) this week and learned that they are in need of volunteers NOW for the following tasks:

  • Watering beds
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Fence painting
  • Additional planting
  • Overall garden maintenance

All of the garden's harvest is free and given away to the community, but they need assistance with growing and maintaining the garden. All tools are supplied by the GBG. 

So, if you individually are interested in gardening/community service or are affiliated with groups looking for summer projects, please reach out to Valerie at and commit your organization to support this effort this summer. 

Check out SP's article on the Give Back Garden for more info on the work that they do.

Photo by Nicole Anderson Cobb


Snayl's new album Without slated for June 9th release

Experimental electronic project Snayl has a new album on the way — Without is out on Jun 9th. The album will feature CJ Run, Cii La'Cole, KVMPVIGN, and more. This is the follow up to Snayl's last record, Dreaming of Ghosts.

Earlier this week, Motes announced their new album Crash the Day would also be out June 9th.

Check out the track listing and album art below.


  1. Under Bright Ghosts
  2. Bebop Lizard
  3. Happily Coherent
  4. We Were Seabirds
  5. Warm Rain (ft. Cii La'Cole)
  6. If Only (ft. KVMPVIGN & CJ Run)
  7. Neighbors
  8. Without

Album art by Billi Jo Hart

Audio / Word

Motes detail new album Crash The Day, share new track "Again Again"

Back in March, Motes announced their new record Crash The Day was on its way. Today they've detailed more information about the Keep it in the Dark follow up, which is out June 1st 8th via Heirship Records.

Check out the album art, track listing, and new single "Again Again" below.

Cover art by Paige Spangler

Crash The Day:

  1. Montana
  2. Salt
  3. Came To
  4. Silver Pine
  5. Acting Alone
  6. Day Moon
  7. Again Again
  8. Problem Patron
  9. Choir
  10. Softer

ZXO has released a new EP

Psych outfit ZXO have released a couple of new tracks, "Silver Parade" and "​Blinding Ray", their first new releases since LP1 came out at the end of 2017.

Stream the tracks below, and check out the album artwork:

Top photo by Anna Longworth.

Bones Jugs release new EP, Rag Day II

Bones Jugs have dropped a brand new EP for you to check out called Rag Day IIand you can stream it below. This is the first release since their 2016 album Don't Waste a Dropwhich finished in our top 10 that year.

Bones have a show this Thursday at Blackbird, check out the Overture for all the info there.

Here's the album art and track listing:
Rag Day II:
  1. Rainbow Ripples 
  2. Jovial Jasper
  3. Triplets
  4. Cross Corners 
  5. Dotty Dimples

Braid's Frame & Canvas came out 20 years ago today

Without a doubt, one of the most influential and impactful records in the history of emo, Braid's Frame & Canvas was released 20 years ago to the day. Though I believe the official date was April 7th, 1998, April 6th is close, and Polyvinyl and the band are celebrating this. Consistently recognized as a staple of the genreFrame & Canvas is celebrated far beyond our community.

You should read David Anthony's article on Noisey about the record.

Stream the record below, and check out some old videos I dug up from YouTube:


Today, I'm listening to Easter's DEMONSTRATION

It has been roughly two years since Kyle Lang retired his project, Easter, which formed in Urbana in the late 2000s. Today I'm listening to DEMONSTRATION, one of the better albums to come out of Champaign-Urbana over the past decade. We voted it our favorite album of 2011.

It has been a minute since I listened to this, so that's what I'm doing this morning. Whether you celebrate Easter, or April Fool's Day, or something else, enjoy this 15 minutes.


Paul Kotheimer has released a new EP

Singer-songwriter Paul Kotheimer has been making music for quite some time in Champaign-Urbana. He recently released a new EP with a title too long for me to place in the title of this post: You don't have to be perfect to fulfill your dream.

Stream it below via his Bandcamp page:

And from the looks of the post, he had some help from some other scene musicians of Cody Jensen of Bones Jugs, Amanda Ramey of Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Morgan Orion, and Ryan Groff of Elsinore.

Fake Friend is some of the best local music I’ve heard in a while

I was pointed in the direction of this local release just a few minutes ago: Fake Friend's ∴∵  is some of the best local music I've heard in quite some time. Fake Friend is the project of Spencer Walters, and that's about all I know about the release right now, outside of it being very good.

Do yourself a favor and check out the release below, you will not be disappointed.