Happy New Year!

Urbana Booking Co. unveils a new concert series next week. Every Monday in The Void (the lobby of The Canopy Club) will be Rehearsal Space, a month-long residency for “the most unique and inspired new talent in our music scene.” Shows will be early, with no cover, like band practice open to the general public. Elsinore is the first band featured, followed by Tractor Kings in February.

Salaryman mixed and mastered a new album over the holidays, tentatively titled Salaryman 3. Salaryman is the instrumental alter ego of Poster Children, the headliner the third and final night of The 15th Annual Great Cover Up, January 28. In addition, Warner Bros. Records now offers videos “What’s Inside the Box” (1994) and “He’s My Star” (1995) for purchase at iTunes Music Store. The songs are otherwise out of print.

True to his word, Triple Whip frontman Santanu Rahman moved to Austin on January 2. Remaining bandmates Holly Rushakoff and Jane Boxall have recalibrated for their

duo debut Saturday at The Canopy Club; the half-hour drums-and-bass set will consist of

all-new songs such as “Friend Surgery,” “Desert Monsters Riding Horses,” and “You’re a Carnival.” Also on the bill are Mad Science Fair, Indianapolis standout Phyllis, and Stood Up. Show time is 9:30, and cover is $5. Rahman will visit next month and may play a farewell show with Triple Whip. In the meantime, Triple Science Whip (a collaboration of Rushakoff and Boxall with Mike Clayton of Mad Science Fair and Wilson Hensleigh of The Respondent) will play the Cover Up the same night as Poster Children.

Tonight at Cowboy Monkey, Angie Heaton opens for Truckstop Honeymoon and The Bird Dogs. Show time is 10 PM, and cover is $5. Highlights of Heaton’s last show, five unreleased songs, went up on her web site Monday. Sunday, also at Cowboy Monkey, The Confines open for FCAB and Screaming Bloody Murder. Show time is 10 PM, and cover is $4. This is the first official show for The Confines, a trio that evolved out of Smoke Aggression.

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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