Together since September 2001, Missing the Point has shifted its focus from pop-punk to reggae-rock. Tonight at The Canopy Club, the Champaign quartet celebrates the recent release of its debut album Healing of the Nation. This week, the entire album is available for free preview at http://www.purevolume.com/missingthepoint/music, and several songs are also available for free download. Moreover, Missing the Point pressed 100 copies of an acoustic EP, available at no charge at the merch booth tonight, for a total of 17 new tracks to concertgoers. The Dog & Everything, Pomeroy, Blame Twilight, and This Is Me Smiling open: five bands for five bucks! Show time is 9 p.m.

Also tonight, James and Kate Hathaway play at Arìma. Show time is 8 p.m., and admission is free.

Wednesday, Champaign-Urbana expatriates Robert/Bob Nanna and Elizabeth Elmore reunite at The Canopy Club, as City on Film and The Reputation co-headline. City on Film is Nanna’s semi-solo project that performed at Pygmalion Music Festival and just unveiled new T-shirt designs Nov. 27. The Reputation is the Chicago quartet that arose from The Elizabeth Elmore 4 amid the aftermath of Sarge. Also on the bill are Unique Chique and Eyes like Knives. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and cover is $5.

Despite the departure of frontman Santanu Rahman, Triple Whip is set to continue as a bass-and-drum duo. Bassist Holly Rushakoff and drummer Jane Boxall are already underway with new material, and the debut Jan. 14 at Cowboy Monkey looks to be the first big local show of 2006. Alongside Triple Whip are Mad Science Fair, Phyllis, and Stood Up. Show time is 9:30 p.m. Mike Clayton of Mad Science Fair then joins Rushakoff and Boxall (and Wilson Hensleigh of The Respondent) for their stint at The 15th Annual Great Cover Up, later on next month. In the meantime, Jane Boxall has her own percussion recital with timpani, vibraphone, marimba, and more: Sunday at Smith Recital Hall in Urbana. Show time is noon, and
admission is free.

Todd J. Hunter hosts WEFT Sessions and Champaign Local 901, two hours of local music every Monday at 10 p.m. on WEFT 90.1 FM. Send news to soundground@excite.com. Support your scene to preserve your scene.

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