Archive for the ‘Rants’ Category

I’ve seen dancin’… and that ain’t dancin’

September 25, 2009

MoshThe Blue Room inside of Billiards of Springfield closed recently after a long run as a music venue in the city, taking with it the home of many a hardcore, punk, hip hop and comedy show. Billiards as a whole is now back in the care of a previous manager who wants to return the Blue Room to its previous incarnation as a sports bar. The reaction to the closing in the local music community has ranged from “oh well” to “good riddance,” but regardless of one’s personal feelings about the venue there is an undeniable, and much darker, truth behind The Blue Room’s disappearance. Local music–more specifically its fans–led to the room’s closure. In other words, this is one place where we’ve worn out our welcome.

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FourFourFest 2009: Some thoughts

September 21, 2009

Phew. What a day. FourFourFest 2009 had everyone playing in the rain over the course of the day and night, but the crowds turned out nonetheless to see some of the best music Springfield has to offer in a variety of genres. While Mother Nature was pretty cranky, everyone at ground level seemed surprisingly chipper and cooperative. In all, it was a 21-hour day that took months to prepare for and that, in spite of its, um, dampness, was a pretty damn good party. There wasn’t a lot of time to stop and smell the roses while in the thick of things, but I stowed away a few impressions from it all and you can find them after the break.

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Like what we’re doing? Please help us help you help us help you…

July 28, 2009

Dare I say it, but the “scene” is growing. That’s thank to a lot of hard work from bands, venues, and promoters. I mean seriously, look at all the freakin’ touring acts and national acts we’re getting now ‘a days—I’ve NEVER seen this many bands come through this town…EVER. So thank the promoters, venues, sound guys, bartenders, door guys, etc. Most importantly thank  YOU for visiting our little site as often as you do (hopefully every day) and please keep it up. We’re needing a little help though. Chris and I are hard workin’ our day jobs due to lack of any cash, so there may be a little dip in posts here and there. That’s because we can’t spend hours and hours each day scouring the interwebs like we normally do. This is where we need your help. And we DO need your help. We think this is pretty important, so please click through and read on and pitch in.

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The FourFour Show wraps up season one this week

June 5, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the season finale of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

The FourFour Show dances into the heart of darkly this week

May 29, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the twelfth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

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The FourFour Show confirms dirty rumors of blondes dying this week

May 15, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the tenth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

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…And the local opening for Korn will be… [updated with final tally]

May 11, 2009

The Battle of the Bands on Saturday was a phenomenal success for the local rock and metal scene in the area. Around 600 people showed, paid and voted. The bands worked together and all put on great shows and even help each other out. For example when Brand of Freak’s drummer was injured in an accident at work, local drummer extraordinaire John Anderson stepped in (in addition to his gig earlier that night). Well, turns out he and his wife had a baby Saturday afternoon. He was going to cancel, but Six Shots Till Dawn offered to swap with them so B.O.F. could play last to allow John enough time to take care of biz with the fam before doing what he does best. Very cool stuff. Congrats on the baby boy Johnny!

Overall the turnout was great and the vibe was awesome. We don’t have the official tally numbers on hand but Troy was the winner and will be opening for Korn on May 29th at the Shrine Mosque. If you’re hitting up that show, get there early and support your local!

Click through for the final vote tally…

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Dance, old man, dance!

May 8, 2009

On a weekend overflowing with great shows for the local music scene, shows with local and touring artists alike, it seems like a good time to spread a positive thought. (more…)

The FourFour Show is having a whale of a good time this week

May 6, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the ninth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

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The FourFour Show moves space and time

May 5, 2009

 

Watch The FourFour Show tomorrow (5/6-Wednesday) for an all-new episode with the elusive Pilot Whale.

Musket Man, Regal Ransom and band names

May 2, 2009

The names of the horses at The Kentucky Derby are out of control. But, that reminds me of band names and them getting completely out of control. Who cares?

Wells, riddle me this: Do you think it is harder to pick the name of a horse or the name of a band? Discuss.

Personally, horse names seem more difficult because they have trouble remembering their myspace logins. Thus, they can’t see if some other horse took “Mine That Bird” or if “I Want Revenge” got scratched. Ex. PioneeroftheNile@saddledaddy.net- let’s see a bassist remember that without autosave.

Plus being a horse is tougher than a musician, because no drummer is going to get shot after the show for breaking a stick and screwing up the beat.

The FourFour Show believes in a higher power this week

April 17, 2009

 

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the sixth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

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The FourFour Show learns to speak with a southern drawl this week

April 10, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the fifth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

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The FourFour Show melts some face this week

April 3, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the fourth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

Attention bands, venues, promoters/label owners:
Come be a guest on our show. Come hype your band, venue or label, ruffle some feathers, pick some bones, throw some…okay, you get it- We want to see your pretty faces and so does our local music scene. Get in touch with us cause we are booking appearances right now.

The FourFour Show is back with Lou Whitney at The Studio

March 27, 2009

 

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Ladies and Gentleman, thefourfour.com is proud to present the third episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.