Sound Ground #78

There is a slight adjustment to the Kissinger release party June 9 at Cowboy Monkey. Mystery act Overman is now a co-opener with Green Light Go. To accommodate, show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $4. As hors d’oeuvres, two tracks from the album Me and Otto are available for free download at “Certain Girls” and “Vicario,” best blasted from the front seat of a bright red De Tomaso Pantera.

American Minor, who more than once have shared a stage with Kissinger, likewise has advance album tracks available for preview. “Mr. Queen,” “Walk On,” “All My Time,” and “Sleepwalking” are at American Minor and Redwalls are on tour together and June 9 visit The Canopy Club. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $6. Then June 14 and 15, American Minor plays twice in London, England. The self-titled American Minor album, mixed by Rob Schnapf and Doug Boehm, is due Aug. 16 on Jive Records. Release parties are in store for Champaign, Illinois and Huntington, West Virginia.

Roscoe Plush performed their final show Feb. 4 at Elbo Room in Chicago. In 2002, Roscoe Plush won an elaborate WPGU battle of the bands with their single “Lay Me Down,” which became an airplay staple there. In 2003, the act relocated from Champaign to Chicago. Their last concert here was at the Courtyard Cafe on Sept. 25, 2004. The final lineup (brothers Steve and Jay Fina, John Harper, and Josh Smith) has formed a brand-new quartet, The Year After. May 19, The Year After posted a song, “Find a Way,” at

May 18, Jon Pines mastered the new Kate Hathaway album at Private Studios, et voilÖ: Sprout Don’t Pout was complete for manufacture. The release party at Cowboy Monkey is now June 25 instead of June 11, still at 10 p.m. In the meantime, Kate will host an open mic at The Canopy Club, June 14 at 10 p.m.

Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., bossa nova septet Desafinado plays a free happy hour at Cowboy Monkey. Then at 8 p.m., Jason Finkelman presents Kobe-born, New York-based improvisational percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani at Civitas (112 W. Main St., Urbana). Besides drums, his instruments include gong, cymbal and singing bowls. “Nakatani’s dynamic approach to orchestral drumset focuses on the moving of sound, the silences in between, and the conversation in collaboration.” He will start out solo; then trombonist Jamie Hutchinson and guitarist John Ridenour will join in. Cover is an appropriate donation.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Music Among the Vines continues with Jeff Helgesen and Rachael Lee. Cover is $3. At 10 p.m., Brother Embassy and Mike Ingram open for Mad Science Fair in the Mike ‘n Molly’s beer garden. Cover is $4. Also at 10 p.m., Shipwreck and Green Light Go open for Colonel Rhodes at The Iron Post, now an all-ages restaurant!

Sunday at Cowboy Monkey, The Firebird Band and The Living Blue are accompanied by Kid Casanova from New York and Thunder Lip from North Carolina. Show time is 9:30 p.m., and cover is $6. Next week, Polyvinyl Record Co. and Urbana Booking Co. pair up to put on two concerts in Urbana. Monday at 8 p.m., The Elanors and Colonel Rhodes open for Ida at Cafe Paradiso. Cover is $10 ($8 in advance at Cafe Paradiso and Dandelion). Wednesday at 9 p.m., jigGsaw and Pulsar47 open for Aloha at The Canopy Club. Cover is $5.

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