sound ground #105

At the end of last month, Seth Fein (Urbana Booking Co.) announced his new talent agency, The Nicodemus Agency. In addition to the seven initial local bands represented, Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys had been added by last weekend. A kickoff concert is in store.

Nicodemus (n?k’?d?’m?s)

1. Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin who recognized Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

2. Hidden track on the Absinthe Blind debut When Our Flashes Sway (Hammerhead Records, 1997).

Tonight at The Iron Post, at 7 p.m., Holly Holmes Quartet celebrates the re-release of the Climb, first issued in 2001 in Kalamazoo, Mich. the Climb is a ten-track album of Brazilian music and “unusual arrangements” of jazz standards. Bossa nova vocalist Holly Holmes co-engineered, co-mixed, and produced it. Later in 2001, she won an internship with the jazz programming department at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Then in 2003, she became fluent in Portuguese by living in Brazil. Holly Holmes Quartet is: Holly Holmes, vocals; Matt Warnock, guitar; JB Faires, bass; and Craig Russo, drums.

Also tonight in downtown Urbana, at Independent Media Center, JigGsaw plays with Hell in the Pacific and In Limbo. Show time is 8 p.m., and cover is $5. And in downtown Champaign, Barbara Hamilton-Maxey returns to Arìma with an acoustic guitar and two hours of blues standards and ’70s hits. Show time is 8 p.m., no cover.

Saturday at The Canopy Club, in The Void, The Living Blue squeezes in a tour date between Pittsburgh (Friday) and Indianapolis (Sunday). Also on the bill are The Beauty Shop and Illinois-Arizona-Illinois quartet signsedso. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $5.

Tuesday at Cowboy Monkey, Water Between Continents opens for Horns of Happiness and Greg Spero Trio. An instrumental art-rock duo of Nick Rudd and Brian Reedy, once a trio with Rose Marshack of Poster Children, Water Between Continents earlier this year released its long-awaited self-titled album. Horns of Happiness, according to Secretly Canadian, is “like a glorious pillow fight in the heavens between Paul & Linda McCartney and Grandaddy.” Show time is 9 p.m., and cover is $5.

Postponed from Nov. 3 and 10 to Jan. 26, 27, and 28, The 15th Annual Great Cover Up relocates from The Highdive to Cowboy Monkey. Cover each night is $8, no advance tickets, and proceeds still will go to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The schedule, subject to change, is:

Thursday, January 26: Lorenzo Goldfronts, Shipwreck, Probably Vampires (ex-The Weakdaze), Angie Heaton, The Elanors, and Theory of Everything. Friday, January 27: The Beauty Shop, Mike Ingram Band, Tractor Kings, Elsinore, Beat Kitchen, and The Delta Kings. Saturday, January 28: Poster Children, Triple Science Whip, Terminus Victor, The Greedy Loves, Emotional Rec Club, and Nadafinga.

The Living Blue will be on the West Coast at the time. Temple of Low Men and Sick Day, due to co-headline Nov. 3, since have disbanded. The Kilborn Alley Blues Band is alive and well.

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 Support your scene to preserve your scene.

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