WPGU/Buzz Best Female Artist 2005 Kate Hathaway is almost finished with her first full-length album, Sprout Don’t Pout. It is due for release June 11 at Cowboy Monkey, two years (and five days) after the release of her debut EP, One Two Three, there. Amid its eleven tracks, Sprout Don’t Pout features guests such as Brendan Gamble and Cameron McGill. It was recorded by Andy Lund at GoodWood Studios and Pogo Studio. In store later this summer are a video for the song “Figured Out” and extended stays in San Francisco and Austin.
Shipwreck completed its first full-length album April 23, due for release late this summer. It consists of ten tracks, three of which (“Buckle,” “Cavern” and “Orphan”) are available for preview at myspace.com/shipwreck. An earlier version of “Cavern” appears on the Green St. Records compilation Playlisted. Shipwreck next performs June 4 at The Iron Post.
The American Minor album release has been pushed back from July 27 to August 16.
Tonight at Aroma, Angie Heaton reverts from audience member to featured artist for the in-house acoustic music series. Last year, Angie released her long-awaited third album, Let It Ride. Show time is at 8, and as always, there is no cover. At the same time, across the street at Cowboy Monkey, Painkillers presents a bevy of blues and soul standards.
December 9, University of Illinois and Toast Music Collective alumna Jenny Choi launched sanawon.com. Korean for “fierce,” Sanawon is her “brooding keyboard-and-drums indie pop adventure” with her longtime drummer Philip Stone. April 11, Sanawon issued its first record, Tiny Airplane, produced and engineered by Alex Kemp and Josiah Mazzaschi. Jenny returns to Champaign for a solo show at Borders, tomorrow night at 8.
Later tomorrow night, Terminus Victor side project Little Black Spiders comes off a four-month hiatus to resurrect its distinctive diesel-powered post-punk, no muffler required. With The Chemicals and Tractor Kings, Little Black Spiders plays the fourth-ever concert at Boneyard Pottery. Show time is 10, and cover is $4. Boneyard Pottery is an all-ages, smoke-free venue.
Sullivan-based band Decals cut a diverse demo last year. Evocative at times of Silver Scooter, it at last has a title, Buildings & Body Parts, and is available by request for free. The eighteen songs include “Flag of Permanent Defeat,” “Blip” and “The End of a Year;” anyone who likes music will be glad “Summer Girls” is not an LFO cover. Saturday night, Decals joins Chariots Race and Cameo Turret at Mike ‘n Molly’s. Show time is 10, and cover is $4.
Also Saturday, at Alto Vineyards, Music Among the Vines continues with Bruiser and the Virtues. Show time is 7:30, and cover is $3. At Cowboy Monkey, Chicago ska sextet Dropped Once opens for Lorenzo Goetz. Show time is 10, and cover is $5.
Wednesday marks another appearance by The Chemicals, and the first of two together with Headlights. Wednesday night at The Highdive, Urbana Booking Co. presents Headlights and The Chemicals as opening acts for Appleseed Cast and Chin Up Chin Up. Show time is 9, and cover $10 ($8 in advance).