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Watch Relevator’s “home movie” recorded at Loose Cobra

Relevator is a blues/rock/folk outfit lead by singer-songwriter Kenna Mae, and the band recently released this "home movie" from their show at the Loose Cobra a little while back. Recorded and shot live by JP Goguen (and friends, as they mention in the video's description on YouTube), you can watch some songs the band performed at one of their live shows this summer. 

If you're interested in checking out Relevator, they're going to be performing with Zecca Bom and Paul Kotheimer on New Year's Eve at the Iron Post, which is certain to be a good time. 

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C-U's Anne Lukeman featured on Jeopardy!'s J!Effect: Homecoming edition

Champaign-Urbana's own, Anne Lukeman — co-owner of the awesome adventure room in Urbana, C-U Adventures in Time & Space — was featured on Jeopardy!'s "J!Effect: Homecoming feature. The spot showcased some previous contestants on the gameshow, and lo and behold, Lukeman was featured. Not only that, I had no idea she was a contestant on the show in 2005 (where she won $18,000!), so this is an awesome tidbit.

This isn't the first time people from C-U have been featured on the show, I remember a couple of years ago when some students were ringing it up.

Watch the video below, where Lukeman is featured right away in the clip:

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Elsinore drops new single “O”

Elsinore is back with a new single and visual, titled simply, “O”. The Police and David Bowie-influenced pop sounds of Elsinore supply some nice late fall-time, first-snow musical accompaniment. The track comes as a taste of their currently untitled new project, which is set to drop early next year.

Feel free to check out their video for recent single "In & Out" afterward if you’re vibing with it.

 
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There is a new YouTube show called Champaign ILL and things are already dramatic

There's a new YouTube Original series, Champaign ILL, that is coming out December 12th on YouTube Premium. The show stars Adam Pally, who came to fame in Happy Endings as Max Blum, Sam Richardson from the show from Veep and Detroiters, and guest stars Jay Pharoah, and it will be a 10 episode series, as least to start. Watch the trailer below, and the description of the show below that.

 
After the death of their best friend, a wildly famous rap icon, Alf and Ronnie lose their lavish lifestyle and are forced to return home to Champaign, Illinois. In order to get back what they’ve lost, they must figure out how to leave their destructive behavior behind and get back on top! Check out the new YouTube Originals series Champaign ILL coming December 12th.
And of course, because the show is called Champaign ILL (which you need to understand, isn't pronounced ILLINOIS, but rather ILL, like sick, or in hip hop lingo, really very good) the local community already has an opinion, and it's not all positive. 
 
Local rapper Chase Baby tweeted at Adam Pally, criticizing him for not filming here, or even giving any sort of nod to anything that would refer to where the show takes place. It's not the worst argument in the world, of course, but, that baited Pally enough to start a classic Twitter feud.
 
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Personally, I think the trailer was funny, and that the show has potential. I would like to actually watch it before I make any strong judgments. And Pally is right: filming here is not really an option for a production team like this, from a financial standpoint as he mentions, but also based on infrastructure. But that will change over time, with companies like Shatterglass Films staying on top of the game, and hopefully, a new government leadership that is focused on attracting new types of business. Right now, the state of Georgia, and the city of Atlanta has become the outdoor Hollywood soundstage of the East, and to get a Midwestern vibe, that can be done anywhere. Plus, it's warm, most of the year. That counts for a lot. 
 
Anyhow, it remains to be seen if the show took the time to give the show the flavor it would need, since this simply isn't "Anywhereville, U.S.A". At the least, there should be Orange and Blue, and perhaps a nod to Roger Ebert, and the Web Browser, or a shot of Alma Mater. 
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Watch IsaiahG perform on Good Morning Illini

Good Morning Illini, a weekly morning show put on by students that airs on Fridays, has begun a weekly series showcasing area artists.

The show selected U of I rapper IsaiahG for the segment last Friday, and the introspective MC didn’t hold back, putting out a strong rendition of one of his coldest cuts, “Solstice”.

It’s pretty awesome that the folks at GMI are taking the time to recognize some of the wide variety of artistic talent at Illinois — especially when it’s consistent, hard-working talent like IsaiahG getting a chance to shine.

Check out Isaiah’s segment of Open Mic and the full show below.

 
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Consider adopting a furry friend this weekend

The Champaign County Humane Society is running a promotion this weekend, and you can adopt a furry creature family member for a little less than usual. Visit CCHS Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Look at these littles!

 
Before you do move forward adopting a pet, please be honest with yourself about your lifestyle, and how much time and attention you can give to your potential new family member. Cats (and some dogs) live a very, very long time. 
 
Adoption prices this weekend:
 
 
Champaign County Humane Society
1911 E Main St
Urbana
(217) 344-7297
 
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Louie Kason drops debut video for single “Grey Nintendo’s”

Louie Kason is an artist that attends the University of Illinois, and he just dropped his debut music video for his single “Grey Nintendo’s”.

Kason has been making some waves around campus and in Chicago (he frequently travels between the two) while mastering a more house-oriented sound, rather than just rapping. He just opened up for drill rapper Cdot Honcho at Canopy Club, and has been recording new sounds weekly in Champaign.

Check out the video below, you can stream "Grey Nintendo's" on Soundcloud here.

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Nafissa Thompson-Spires will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Professor of Creative Writing at the U of I, will be a featured guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight, Tuesday, October 23rd. The show airs at 11:35 pm CST. Her book, Heads of the Colored Peoplehas been long-listed for the National Book Award in Fiction. Pretty amazing for her to land on this show — though, we are in the Nafissa Thompson-Spires era, after all, so this isn't a surprise.

Check out the U of I News Bureau's tweet: