If it's bumming you out that summer festival season is winding down and you're desperate for a fix to keep fall at bay for one more week, the sprawling Pygmalion Music Festival, which runs from Wednesday 9/16 through Saturday 9/19 in Urbana-Champaign, might be just the thing. Granted, it'll take you at least two hours to get there, but the massive event (13 venues, counting both fest stages and participating clubs) seems to get better every year—the 2009 lineup is teeming with indie darlings.
The festival's highlights include Headlights, Japandroids, and Owen on Wednesday; Lucero, Maserati, Starfucker, My Brightest Diamond, Company of Thieves, and Skream on Thursday; Low, Waaves, Autolux, Antlers, Blk Jks, and the 1900s on Friday; and Ra Ra Riot, Princeton, Iron & Wine, the Books, Yacht, Rjd2, the Life and Times, Marmoset, and the Hood Internet on Saturday.
Festival passes are already sold out, meaning the Iron & Wine and Books show on Saturday at the Krannert Center is sold out too. However, tickets to all other shows remain on sale, and in most cases you can buy them at the door. The Pygmalion site is also selling tickets for select shows, primarily those at the Canopy Club.