sound ground #109

Chapter four of Triple Whip premiered Saturday at The Canopy Club, pared down to bassist Holly Rushakoff and drummer Jane Boxall. Not only does the band still sound like Triple Whip, but the only thing it sounds like even more is TVSHOW: the instrumental, just-for-fun project taken up by Triple Whip founder Santanu Rahman upon his departure. This is uncanny because all but one of the new songs are by Rushakoff, not Rahman. As if to compensate for his absence, Boxall abruptly made a fierce face (like Rahman) at the end of the one pre-existent Triple Whip song, “Peace Is.”

The Living Blue, whose web site sports a new look, shoots a video for “Serrated Friend” at 8 p.m. tonight at Mike ‘n Molly’s. “We need a crowd!” writes the band; the production is open-invitation. “Serrated Friend” is the follow-up single to “Tell Me Leza” off the album Fire, Blood, Water. The Living Blue then headlines tomorrow at Cowboy Monkey; Dressy Bessy and The Reputation open. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $8. This is the first installment in a coast-to-coast, two-month tour.

Also tonight at 8 p.m., self-learned, left-handed guitarist and Chuck Mangione cousin Mike Mangione performs folk rock for Acoustic @ Arìma. No cover. 9 p.m.,The Canopy Club hosts Beat Kitchen, Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Alma Afrobeat Ensemble. Cover is $5. At 10 p.m., Cowboy Monkey brings back Live Karaoke Band (ex-The Cheezy Trio). Cover is $4.

Wednesday at The Canopy Club, Urbana Booking Co. presents Shipwreck with Ghost in Light, Piglet, and A Light Sleeper. Show time is 9 p.m., and cover is $5. Ghost in Light is a St. Louis quartet whose prior performance at The Canopy Club (Nov. 11) was excellent.

A Light Sleeper is the anodyne improv project of Dheeru Pennepalli (ex-Bargos Steeler, ex-Re:Rec).

Feb. 18, Joni Laurence assembles a backing band and gives a recording concert at Unitarian Universalist Church in Urbana. The show will consist of eleven new and one or two old songs to be recorded there for her fourth album, due early this summer. $10 cover incorporates drinks and snacks; seats are first come, first serve. Besides Unitarian Universalist Church, sponsors for the event include Corkscrew Wine Emporium, Arìma, Verde Gallery, and Wind, Water, and Light.

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

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