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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

September 1, 2008
Originating in the twin college towns of Champaign-Urbana, former home of the LAS main office, and running from September 17th to the 20th, the 2008 Pygmalion Music Festival is the Little Festival That Could. At $50 for a weekend pass, this out of the way festival stacks up against all comers for the budget-minded, and for those music lovers with time constraints tickets to individual shows are available at varying prices, from $5 to $25.

If you're wondering where exactly Champaign-Urbana is (and yes, some do refer to it as Chambana, you're not that clever), "it's about 2 hours south of Chicago, 2 hours north of St. Louis (actually 3, but who's counting?) and 2 hours west of Indianapolis. It's accessed by three different interstates and a municipal airport with a little fountain in a manmade pond out front." You'll know you're there when you see a big, white bubble-topped dome rising above the million miles of yellowing corn.

Now in its fourth year, the oddly named event has made use of the momentum built in previous years, greatly expanding its lineup while centralizing event locations, which had previously been spread out across a wide area. "We made a conscious decision to keep it centrally located to one area," says Pygmalion mastermind Seth Fein of the festival's move to a compact area in Urbana that is now called the Krannert Center Entertainment District. While running through fewer venues, there are oodles of bands on the bill for 2008, including a sizeable portion of local tastemakers Polyvinyl Records' roster. The acts range from the legendary (Yo La Tengo) to the local (Headlights, New Ruins, Angie Heaton, et cetera), from the faux-evil (Murder By Death) to the under-rated (Times New Viking) to the over-Pitchforked (Titus Andronicus) to the extraneously punctuated and thoroughly hair-gelled (Thunderbirds Are Now!). All told there are more than five dozen acts confirmed for the weekend, and who knows, there might even be a hay ride.

SEE ALSO: pygmalionmusicfestival.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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