Here are some shows to check out around Illinois this week:
Looming / Doby Watson / Alaska / Our Lady
Harm House (Springfield, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $5 | Thursday, Oct. 8
Springfield’s hometown heroes Looming will play a house show on Thursday night along with Doby Watson, Alaska (from Nevada), and Our Lady. Watson’s acoustic arrangements are some of the best in the Midwest and his songwriting has kept him touring for the past decade off a handful of different releases. You can read more about him here. The other touring act, Alaska, rounds out the bill with Springfield’s mainstay Our Lady.
The Black Sheep Cafe (Springfield, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $5 | Friday, October 9
Springfield is known for its punk scene, all surrounding the national hardcore mecca at The Black Sheep Cafe. Springfield-based bands Say Something and Garter will hold down that fort while new ska band The Origin Story and Ragna Rye brings out some old-school rock ‘n’ roll to make this show a mix of all things guitar-based.
The Iron Post (Urbana, Ill.)
6 p.m. & 9 p.m. | $10 | Saturday, October 10
Central Illinois singer-songwriter Kenna Mae will release her anticipated album Blue Darlin’ on Saturday at the Iron Post in Urbana, Ill. The record is being celebrated with two shows – one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. Although the $10 cover is a little steep, Kenna Mae has proven to put on some impactful live performances. She’ll be joined by a backing band, while The Superior State will also be performing during the night.
The HighDive (Champaign, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $15 (online) | Saturday, October 10
Saturday offers the chance for a big crosstown rivalry in the Champaign-Urbana music scene. While the Kenna Mae record release show is happening in downtown Urbana at the Iron Post, a few minutes down the road in downtown Champaign, Cursive, Withershins, and Looming will be putting on a stacked show at The HighDive. Tickets for this one are $15, but the preliminary musical takeaway at this show looks to be worth the extra $5+. The recognizable Omaha-based band still has a strong following after releasing seven full-length albums and Saturday’s show is appealing to many as a nostalgic emo night out. Champaign band Withershins will provide a shoegazed backdrop while Looming, who is playing earlier in the week at the Harm House in Springfield, will look to prove their live show to many who haven’t seen them before after signing with No Sleep Records earlier this year for the release of their debut album Nailbiter.