Friday, February 18th, WPGU Presents Hathways, Village and That’s No Moon in downtown Champaign at Cowboy Monkey. If you haven’t gotten your dose of local indie rock yet, then this is the show for you. But, if you are on the fence on the best way to spend a Friday night, then let me try to break down the three great bands on the lineup.
Starting off the night is That’s No Moon, founded right here in 2010. They are the type of fuzzy indie rock that is easy to get into and even easier to appreciate. With a few tinges of Blur and Tokyo Police Club, the band hits you with tons of sound and melodic lyrics. They are new to the scene but there is no reason they should be disregarded.
Next up on the bill is Village. This Chicago local lo-fi sextuplet started out 2009 right when their sound started exploding onto the scene. If you like the work of Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) then this won’t disappoint you. The adjective “looser sounding Strokes” is not far from what I hear every time I listen to their myspace. A powerpop middle set is a welcome addition to the lineup of WPGU presents.
To end the night WPGU brings in Hathaways, an old brother/sister duo from our campus. Founded in 2006, they have been putting out a folk sound that is outrageously unique. With harmonizing male/female vocals and the incorporation of the charango, a ten stringed peruvian guitar, Hathaways has an entirely different presence on stage than the other two bands on this bill. This minimalistic string and vocal combo is a wonderful closer that brings out that DIY feel in folk acoustic music.
Starting on Friday, however, Hathaways will open up a new sound. The previous Kate Hathaway/James Hathaway combo will come with three new members as well. A second guitarist, a bass and drums will be backing up the dual vocalists. If you stopped by The Great Coverup then you have seen this new look already but to many this is going to be something exciting.
Hopefully we will see you there on the 18th. If you haven’t explored your local music scene yet, now is a great time to start. CU is full of radical new sounds and this sampler plate is an awesome first step. WPGU is honored to host these bands at Cowboy Monkey.