Anthony Gravino (ex-Temple of Low Men, Music for 5 Year Olds) relocated from Chicago to San Diego but reconsidered, and
Illinois is better for it. His first time back to Champaign is Thursday at 8 p.m. for Acoustic @ Arìma. New Ruins, the duo of J. Caleb Means and Elzie Sexton, is a late addition to this bill, and admission is free. At The Iron Post, John Owen and Harman Jordan of Shipwreck open another all-acoustic show for Noah Harris of
Elanors. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $3. And at Cowboy Monkey, elsinore and The Wandering Sons return to Cowboy Monkey. American Minor is a very late addition to this bill, then on the road again to appear Friday in Nashville. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $5.
Friday at 7 p.m., Cafä Paradiso hosts the all-ages record release for + by Bailey. The Midwest Hackers and Digital Emotion open, and admission is free. At The Canopy Club, local electronica acts The Dolphin and Coco Coca play with San Serac and Beautiful Leper. Show time is 8 p.m., and cover is $5. And at Cowboy Monkey, Darling Disarm and Watery Domestic play with Wyoming Wunderkind Cary Judd. Show time is 9 p.m., and cover is $5.
After recording Angie Heaton and the Gentle Tamers at Pogo Studio, WPGU-buzz Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Mark Rubel led two workshops and a panel at TapeOpCon2006: TapeOp magazine’s fifth annual conference, June 16-18 in Tucson, Ariz. The workshops concern computer recording and guitar micing and tuning. The panel, “Records That Made Me Want to Record,” included Sylvia Massy Shivy, Jim Dickinson, Don Zientara, Joel Hamilton and Doug McBride. More information is here: http://messageboard.tapeop.com/viewtopic.php?t=35602.
On June 18, with director Matt Harsh, Lorenzo Goetz made a video for the title track from The Heavy EP. Last night at The Canopy Club, where Lorenzo Goetz held a June residency, the debut of the video preceded the performance. “Heavy” will be available at lorenzogoetz.com, myspace.com and youtube.com later this week.
On June 19, Innocent Words Records announced acquisition of Chicago quartet The Great Crusades. On Aug. 22, they issue fifth album Four Thirty. The Great Crusades formed in 1998 from the ashes of The Suede Chain, to which vocalist-guitarist Brian Krumm and bassist Brian Hunt both belonged. A third Brian, other vocalist-guitarist Brian Leach, was in Last Gentlemen; drummer Christian Moder, a childhood friend, rounded out the roster. On the strength of third album Never Go Home, musikexpress magazine and SAT-1 network sponsored The Great Crusades to tour and play the Crossroads festival in Germany. The Great Crusades perform again Aug. 24 at The Double Door in Chicago and Sept. 1 at Cowboy Monkey in Champaign.
Springfield local music show Alternate Tunings, which aired on UPN, will be reborn online as Banddot. The first episode will film at The Canopy Club, July 7 for Local H; co-producer Jon Schwab will host, writes other co-producer Brian Crowdson. Banddot will be part performance and part interview available for free download. Although the show is still based in Springfield, most episodes will film here for bigger audiences and better established bands. JigGsaw was on the original series.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Support your scene to preserve your scene.