The Beauty Shop has two new releases, if not new material: the full-length Yard Sale, April 10 on Snapper, and the single Monster, April 24 on Believe. Both are exclusive to Britain; the only exclusive track is “Public Hanging,” a B-side on Monster. Frontman John Hoeffleur suggests: “You can stream the entirety of Yard Sale from the front page of NME.com. Just click on media player where it says ‘Listen Now’ and view all albums. So if you’re on the fence, here’s a great way to confirm that we’re not your cup of tea.” Mojo this month says the songs on Yard Sale “inspire equal measures of melancholy and delight.” April 22-29, The Beauty Shop tours Britain again –
a respite from Illinois weather, which toppled a tree onto Hoeffleur’s Dodge Caravan April 2.
On March 31, bass-and-drum duo Triple Whip made a three-song demo at Pogo Studio; twenty-four hours later, it was available at myspace.com/triplewhip for preview. The songs are “Lesson Learned,” “Sequel,” and “Wreckin’.” April 13, “Feels Wrong,” a fourth song featuring Santanu Rahman, becomes available on the Green St. Records compilation Crescendo. Rahman, who founded Triple Whip with bassist Holly Rushakoff, moved to Austin Jan. 2 and married in San Antonio March 25. Also on April 13, drummer Jane Boxall will play marimba in the lobby of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Boxall will play old and new material as well as one song apiece with saxophonist Michael Holmes and vocalist Raquel Adorno. Show time is 10 p.m. and admission is free. April 21, Triple Whip has a free show for Boneyard Arts Festival at Independent Media Center in Urbana.
Tonight for the WPGU-buzz Local Music Awards 2006, a free shuttle to and from The Highdive departs from 6th and Green at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. upon conclusion of ceremonies. The bill consists of nominees Terminus Victor, elsinore, KrÅkid, DJ Elise, Angie Heaton and the Gentle Tamers, Larry Gates and Jesse Greenlee of Lorenzo Goetz, and one act to be announced. Show time is 8:30 p.m., and cover is $5.
Concurrent with the Local Music Awards in Champaign are two all-ages shows in Urbana. The Courtyard hosts Showoff (“Falling Star”) with JigGsaw, Hell in the Pacific, and Coco Coca. Show time is 8 p.m. and cover is $5 ($4 with UIUC ID). Anomic plays an even earlier show at Independent Media Center in Urbana. Saturday at The Courtyard, elsinore and Lorenzo Goetz appear again together with The Elanors. This is a free show with free food, and show time is 9 p.m. April 29 at Cowboy Monkey, elsinore issues its third record, Nothing for Design; Gentlemen Auction House and the Wandering Sons open. Show time is 10 p.m. and cover is $5.
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