With the new year under way, a few longtime locals are readying to release EPs. Bilingual progressive-rock quartet Anomic issues its long anticipated debut Docile Entropy next Thursday at Cowboy Monkey. In the meantime, Anomic plays tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. at The Uptown Tap in Danville and Monday at 10 p.m. at WEFT for WEFT Sessions.
Lorenzo Goetz issues The Heavy EP Feb. 17 at The Canopy Club. The Heavy EP combines the title track and new versions of “Run There” and “Slumber Jaw” with three new songs: “Designs,” “Wake Up (The Way It Goes),” and “La Salvadora.” Andy Lund, Brett Sanderson, Anthony Gravino, and Adam Schmitt took turns producing tracks.
Battlerusa is scouting musical talent in 18 cities across nine states, and in each city will pick an act to play at Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, June 8-10 in Lawrence. On February 9-10, the 18 preliminary winners will compete at two concerts in Lawrence for star status at Wakarusa and a track on the 2006 Wakarusa compilation album. Acts at the Champaign preliminary are: Lorenzo Goetz, KrÅkid, Probably Vampires, Shipwreck, and Jon Justice Band. The preliminary is next Thursday at The Highdive. Show time is 8 PM, and cover is $5.
Green St. Records is active again, with Crescendo: its third annual compilation of acts that include University of Illinois students. Crescendo will be a limited pressing of 1500 and become available for free in late April. This year, Green St. Records selected ten acts among 50 applicants: The Breaks, i:scintilla, Marmaduke, Mike Winegardner, Missing the Point, The Morning Call, Pangea, Something for Sundown, Triple Whip, and VizNH. These acts will record next month at Pogo Studio with Mark Rubel. The first Green St. Records show of the year is tonight at The Canopy Club and showcases The Morning Call, Something for Sundown, Pangea, and Missing the Point. Show time is 9 p.m., and cover is $5.
Also tonight, as well as tomorrow night and the next night, is The 15th Annual Great Cover Up at Cowboy Monkey. For anyone unaware, this is not just a benefit, but a convergence of the scene: 18 bands covering 18 other bands. Angie Heaton alone is not a band, but the Gentle Tamers are her backing band, and Lynn Canfield, Jessie Brown, and Dawna Nelson will join them tonight. The Beauty Shop is “off on a mini-Midwest tour” and will be at Onopa Brewery in Milwaukee tomorrow night; Ambitious Pie Party will take its place here. Also tomorrow night, The Delta Kings and Elsinore will trade places but both play. There are no other alterations at this time. Show time is 9 p.m. each night, and cover is $8.
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.