sound ground #96

What a week last week was for concert turnout!

It began with Below Eden, Anomic, and Brother Embassy at Cowboy Monkey last Sunday, continuing throughout the first annual Pygmalion Music Festival. From the captivating cover of “When I Go” by The Elanors at The Canopy Club last Wednesday to the dance party that packed Cowboy Monkey last Friday for Lorenzo Goetz, it was sheer abandon, artistry, and an awful lot of fun. In the cryptic words of organizer Seth Fein, once it was all over: “Pygmalion? It was garboon.” Since no one was able to be at everything, what was the highlight for you? If you can condense it to one or two sentences and send it to, I’ll include it here next time.

Lucky Mulholland is off hiatus and opens for The Beauty Shop and Triple Whip at The Iron Post, Saturday at 10 PM. He then plays WEFT Sessions, Monday at 10 PM. By Thanksgiving, he hopes to release a four-song EP, Pedestrians and Motorists, and more live dates will accompany that.

The Year After is out of the gate at a breakneck pace, having played its first show September 23 at The Double Door and releasing a EP, At Risk of Shipwreck, October 15 at Elbo Room. Tomorrow night at Cowboy Monkey, the rock quartet plays its first show outside Chicago, with Bottle of Justus. Show time is 10 PM, and cover is $5.

Through November 18, Green St. Records is accepting demo submissions of original songs for its third annual compilation of University of Illinois musicians. Tonight, Green St. Records presents its first showcase of the school year, at The Canopy Club, with Missing the Point, Something for Sundown, Shovelwrack, and AMS (Agent Mos). Show time is 10 PM, and cover is $5. Green St. Records is the only student-run record label in the Big Ten.

Also tonight, Cowboy Monkey hosts a benefit for WFRU, Radio Free Urbana to raise funds for a new community station. On the bill are Tractor Kings, Shipwreck, and The Infinity Room, plus local rock DJs such as The Noiseboy. Gift certificates from local businesses and record labels will be raffled off. Show time is 10 PM, and cover is $6.

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