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88.7 WPCD Presents: That's No Moon

Staff Writer

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 22:02

image WPCD That's No Moon Hayden Cler Emily Sur

Photo by Emily Sur/Prospectus News

Former Parkland student Hayden Cler of That’s No Moon performs live at the Cowboy Monkey on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

On Friday, WPCD sponsored a concert at Cowboy Monkey which featured That’s No Moon, Hidden Hospitals and Abnormous.

The first band of the concert was a local group called Abnormous, a dance funk band that just started on the scene since last year and have been playing at several local venues. They played a one hour set of combined instrumental funk rock and soul mixed with dance music.

Hidden Hospitals, an alternative progressive rock band from Chicago, also made an appearance marking the band’s first time playing in Champaign-Urbana. The band is relatively new to the music scene, having made their debut in 2010. They played a 30 minute set that compensated for its shortness with intensity.

The headlining act, That's No Moon, is no stranger to the Champaign-Urbana indie rock scene. Combined with a high energy audience, their set was a crowd pleaser. This show was longer than some of the other concerts that the band had played in the past.

The set included some of their better known songs like “Run,” “Irradiate” and “According to Ancient Alien Theorists.” The band also introduced several new songs from their upcoming album, expected to be released later this year.

Ben Wilson, lead singer of That’s No Moon, explained what it took to put the concert together, saying, “We got a hold of Hidden Hospitals, they’ve been doing some shows in Chicago, and so we hooked them up with one down here.”

Paul Little, bassist for That’s No Moon, explained that the Abnormous set was his favorite part of the show. “They were really good. I just like their style, they’re funky and soulful,” he said.

The main sponsor of this event was Parkland College’s 88.7 WPCD, and radio director Eleni Kametas had the following to say about their role in the event.

“That’s No Moon reached out to us and asked us if we were interested in sponsoring the show,” Kametas said. “So we saw this as a great opportunity to promote the radio station through local music that we play on the radio station and to promote local artists.”

“Some of the things that we did included an on-air promo,” Kametas explained. “We are also bringing the band Hidden Hospitals onto the station for an interview, we created posters for the show in-house created by Blaine Wright, the promotion assistant for the Fine and Applied Arts department at Parkland, and we have been promoting the concert through Facebook and Twitter accounts.”

WPCD has hosted a number of concerts at Cowboy Monkey in previous months, with the last one being the annual New Year’s Eve show. That show featured another lineup that included That’s No Moon, as well as other local favorites Sun Stereo and DJ White Rabbit.

WPCD are sponsoring several other shows in the near future, including Mid by Midwest, which will be on March 7 at Mike and Molly’s and will include bands such as Grandkids, Phox and Minor Characters.

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