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soundground #124 THIS WEEK IN MUSIC TODD J. HUNTER • STAFF WRITER
Apr il 26, Joni Laurence played her last local show to a packed lobby at The Canopy Club. Laurence did her best to accommodate “about 23 song requests,” and the intimate set spanned a solid hour and 56 minutes. Seven songs were duets: six with elsinore frontman Ryan Groff, and another with Linda Owens. As two-thirds of Dear Connie, Laurence and Owens made the 1992 cassette Nothing Better to Do. “Crushes” and “Poky Puppy” represented that, and Owens sang and strummed guitar on the latter. Four songs provoked peals of laughter, and none more so than “Contentedly Ever After.” The music stopped cold only once, when the audience broke up at the end of the first verse; not even the inexcusable volume of the bar telephone was able to interrupt the concert. Laurence closed with a new song written on tour and never before publicly per formed: “Have a Drink on Me.” Crowd noise for the next show was steady, but Laurence’s voice overcame it with grace and gravitas. May 14, Laurence and Mary Cloos move to Portland. Laurence has lived in Champaign since 1988
and told the audience, “People just like you make it all worth staying here.” A studio version of “Ramblin’ Cowboy” went on sale last week on the Artists Against AIDS compilation Give It Up Hand It Down Put It On. A live version will appear on Laurence’s album out next month, as will as a live version of “Breathing.” Both songs are duets with Groff. Saturday, Groff and the rest of elsinore celebrated their first full-length record release at Cowboy Monkey. At the same time very elegant and very accessible, Nothing for Design consists of twelve songs (all on the set Saturday) and attractive artwork by Meg Dolan. Cowboy Monkey was at capacity all night, and a long line snaked out the door until several songs into the set, although everyone who waited was admitted and able to hear everything. The vibe was simple, warm, and an awful lot of fun. The alternate record release is tomorrow, across the street from Jackson Ave. Coffee in Charleston, where elsinore formed. Laurence will be on hand, Theory of Everything will open, and anticipated showtime is 8 to 11 p.m. In addition, Groff and Them Damn Kids perform tonight for Acoustic @ Arôma from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both shows are all-ages and free.
Tyson Mark ley, k nown in Champaig nUrba na a s keyboa rd ist for The Red Hot Va lent i nes a nd luchador for outer - space go-go-dancer revue Analog Saves the Planet, announces his new electro-surf-punk project, Mandroid (Destroyers of the Human Race). Conceived as a sort of Devo-meets-Man-or Astro-man? mélange, Mandroid (Destroyers of the Human Race) cajoles, “Live show features costumes, a video install, and death to humans.” In a calmer moment, Mark ley clar if ies: “I just want people to understand this is a show, not just a band. It’s more like watching a music video come to life.” Mandroid (Destroyers of the Human Race) will play May 11 at Cowboy Monkey. Show time is 10 p.m., and cover is $4. Mandroid (Destroyers of the Human Race) then will play May 13 at Peoria Pizza Works and May 16 at Main Lounge, Memorial Student Center, Illinois Wesleyan University to open for Smoking Popes. 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 email@example.com. Support your scene to preserve your scene.
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1. SWEET, MATTHEW & SUSANNA HOFFS Under The Covers Vol. 1
KYLE GORMAN • STAFF WRITER
This week, Snoop Doggy Dogg was involved in a fracas with airport security. But there’s nothing funny about Snoop Dogg; no, he’s dead serious. UK music producer Adam Kidron has recorded and released a version of the U.S. national anthem sung in Spanish. “We ... view ‘Nuestro Himno’,” he said, “as a song that affords those immigrants that have not yet learned the English language the opportunity to fully understand the character of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the American flag and the ideals of freedom that they represent,” continuing to explain that he wasn’t in any way discouraging Spanish-speaking immigrants from learning English. But our commander-in-chief is having none of it. “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English,” he responded, “and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.” He has a point, I think. After all, English is the national language ... isn’t it? Turns out there is no national language for America, nor has there ever been. In fact, there are far more people of German, Hispanic, or Irish descent, than English in America. Doesn’t Bush know that music is the universal language?
w. Tony Sorrentino of Something For Sundown, Shoreham, 1090 Club, From The Tops of Trees
Wednesday, May 10
2. PUNKY’S DILEMMA Eschelon EP
Graduation Party 2006! Saturday, May 13
3. THE 1900S Plume Delivery Parasol
4. TRASHCAN SINATRAS Midnight At The Troubadour
Thursday, June 1
5. JOSE GONZALEZ Veneer (Mute U.S. Release) Mute
Hip-hop artist Pitbull records a Spanish version of the National Anthem.
Wednesday, June 7
6. JACKIE O MOTHER FUCKER Candyland JOMF
7. NOBODY AND MYSTIC CHORDS OF MEMORY Tree Colored See Mush
8. ELOPE 3WD Gravitation
9. RADIO DEPT. Pet Grief Labrador
10. HUM Electra Martians Go home
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