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Pygmalion 2013 Round Up: Major Lazer (Photo Gallery)

The surprising headliner for this years Pygmalion has been all over the globe in the past year. Undoubtedly one of the biggest electronic acts in the world right now, Major Lazer, made up of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, came to Champaign’s Pygmalion Festival on the heels of the twerking craze, something the trio are considered kings of. The day before, Diplo and Walshy were in Panama, Jillionaire in New York. Hit the jump for a photo gallery and a short write up. Let us know if you got on stage!

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Pygmalion 2013 Round Up: Daughter, Head and the Heart

My fourth and final Pygmalion as a student is officially over and what a way to go out. The Krannert Center opened the festivities, with one of the UK’s most talked about groups, Daughter, kicking it off. They were joined by Head and the Heart, the Pacific-Northwest folk-rockers touring in support of their upcoming release Let’s Be Still. Check out pictures and reviews below. Stay tuned for the annual Pyggy Crown tomorrow!

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Chvrches at the Metro

Fresh off of a sold out performance at Lincoln Hall the night before, Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty, who make up the Scottish band Chvrches, performed at a sold out Metro Wednesday night. If you’ve been an ACITM follower, you know we are absolutely crazy about these guys. The band played most of their much anticipated debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which is set to release on September 24.

Check out photos from the show below, and hit the jump for a mini review/setlist of the performance.

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North Coast Music Festival – Summer’s Last Stand

A huge storm chased out concert goers from Union Park on Friday, but they came rushing back in a few hours later, eager to kick off North Coast weekend. With performances by artists such as Nas, Afrojack, Mac Miller and Wu-Tang, the 3-day festival is traditionally a goodbye to summer. AlunaGeorge made her debut in Chicago, the always smooth Gary Clark Jr showed off his electric guitar mastery, and Purity Ring put on an awesome light show, with front woman Megan Jame’s white dress becoming a rainbow of florescent colors throughout the performance. Most disappointing was Passion Pit, though, who was forced to do a DJ set after Friday’s storm made their equipment unusable.

Check out our photos below and let us know your favorite performances of the weekend!

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#ASOSRocks + VH1 Rules Lolla After Party, with Emeli Sandé and more

The #ASOSRocks VIP after-party at the Hard Rock Hotel was the place to be Friday night after Lollapalooza. With a line stretching down Michigan avenue and scheduled performances by Emeli Sandé and St. Lucia, those who managed a spot on the guest list for this intimate event were not ready for the long Lolla day to end just yet.

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Chance the Rapper @ the Metro [Review + Videos]

393 – DAMN -days in between Chance the Rapper’s 10Day mixtape and this year’s masterpiece Acid Rap. All that happened in between were sold out Metro shows, studio sessions with the RZA and Skrillex, profiles from Pitchfork, Vibe, Complex, a XXL Freshman nomination, a spot at Lolla 2013, and more. The Chathum, Illinois native celebrated his rise to the top of the Chicago rap, and music, scene this weekend with two sold out shows at the Metro. 
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Ra Ra Riot @ The Metro

New Yorkers Ra Ra Riot visited the Windy City last night to play a classic indie pop show that showed off songs from their most recent album Beta Love. Accompanied by the upbeat tones of Rebecca Zeller’s violin, the band’s electropop melodies had the Metro dancing. The best moment of the night came when vocalist Wes Miles hugged an audience member after unsuccessfully crowdsurfing onto her. Check out photos from the show below.

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Save Money Presents Mickey Factz, Kid Daytona, The Boy Illinois, Frank Leone [Pictures]

The Save Money army/crew/militia/better yet a navy stopped in Champaign last Thursday, December 6, 2012, bringing along Mickey Factz, Kid Daytona, The Boy Illinois, and Frank Leone among others with them. Check out some of our favorite pictures from the #savechampaign event after the jump.

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Pygmalion Roundup: The 2012 Pyggy Crown

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the fourth and final part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup. The second annual Pyggy Crown, awarding the best performers of the festival. We’re doing it bracket style this year. Enjoy, and let us know if you agree!

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Pygmalion Roundup: Willis Earl Beal, Dinosaur Jr, Cloud Nothings, Grizzly Bear, Big Freedia and the Divas (Reviews/Pictures)

The best weekend of the year in Champaign-Urbana wrapped up Saturday night, and left bands like Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors marveling at the line-up founder Seth Fein was able to produce. We were there for it all, traveling between Krannert Art Museum, Canopy Club, downtown Urbana outside of Black Dog, and downtown Champaign behind the High Dive. So without further ado, here’s the third part of the four part ACITM Pygmalion Roundup (the Pyggy crown will be the finale coming this Wednesday), highlighting Saturday’s shows in downtown Champaign at the High Dive outdoor annex and late night inside the High Dive.

Click here for Part 1 featuring Night Beds, Santah, and HUM.
Click here for Part 2 featuring Tennis, Lord Huron, Dirty Projectors, and Best Coast.

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