Breaking Benjamin just announced a small slew of tour dates including one in Springfield, MO on December 6. They’re touring in support of their latest release, “Dear Agony.” These guys are no strangers to Springfield and are Rockfest vets so be ready for one hell of a party. More info…
Ever been to a Short Histories of Powerful Nations show and wondered what the long instrumental piece at the beginning of the set is? It’s not found on A Brief Treatise On Land Ownership, Vol.1, so did it come long before or long after? The answer is the latter, and now it finally exists on record… or .mp3, as the case may be. The band just posted the song, titled “Street Finding Man,” to its MySpace page last Friday–a live cut, no less, taken straight from the band’s August 13 show at Lindberg’s with Native and The First Teenager Ever. Thanks to the deft work of Mobile Force Recording, the song sounds clearer than ever, and at seven-plus minutes it’s quite a treat. Click here to go to the MySpace page and you’ll find the track last in the player. Enjoy.
The alliance of music and film is taken a bit for granted these days, but let’s be honest: The two are inseparable. Take, for example, this, this and this. And that’s with omitting the way-obvious scene in Say Anything where new-wave-kid John Cusack proudly blares Peter Gabriel‘s “In Your Eyes” out of his ghettoblaster to woo his girl… something that no self-respecting new wave kid would have done, but we digress. (It’s not available online due to copyright restrictions, anyway.) The point is music and film are a match made in heaven, something Hollywood learned well in the ’80s and ’90s and that independent filmmakers have taken even further in the years since.
The latest example is coming to the Moxie Cinema screens a week from this Friday. (In other words, 10/16.) Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks the opportunity for Springfieldians (and those up for traveling to Springfield) to get first dibs on tickets to see rock ‘n’ roll icon Bob Dylan at The Shrine Mosque on Sunday, October 25. They’re $46 for general seating and are available only through the Shrine Mosque box office at 800-293-5949 or online at MetroTix. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you can wait a bit, either; this show should sell out in a flash. Get to it and good luck!
A few months ago we learned the new fate of the space formerly known at The Snorty Horse Saloon inside The Budget Lodge hotel north of I-44. The room was taken over by Brian Matney, most recently the drummer for McGill, and converted into a new midsize music venue to be called The Ugly Mug Live Music Tavern. The first show: September 19 with Matt Stell & The Crashers, or so it was planned. However, the club ran into delays and that show was subsequently canceled. The new proposed opening date is Tuesday, October 21 with a performance by Pet the Dog from Los Angeles, California (click here to check out some tunes from the band); local openers are still in the works at this time. The only other announced show at the moment is John D. Hale Band and Matt Stell & The Crashers on October 23, but we’ll let you know more as they are added to the club’s schedule.
As of noon today (Thusday, October 1), Journal Broadcast Group changed the format of 106.7 FM. Z106.7, the main competition in the modern-rock segment with Q102.1 FM, has now been replaced with 106.7 The River. The River will be a jockless, music-intensive station that will play the largest variety of any station in Springfield, with songs spanning 5 decades from the 60’s to now. We have more details about the switch after the break.
***UPDATE: We’ve included the official press release from the station after the break, as well.***
It seems everyone discovered a winning formula with this summer’s Korn show at The Shrine Mosque: Book a big-ticket national act, set up a battle of the bands among big-drawing locals to determine the opener, apply revenue from the battle of the bands to help offset the cost of the big-ticket national act. The formula returns October 17 with another battle of the bands–this time at The Outland Ballroom, as opposed to Remmingtons Downtown–to determine the opening act for Lamb Of God when the band comes to the Shrine with Gwar and Job For A Cowboy November 7. The lineup? Glad you asked. Peep it after the break.
Has there been any band in Springfield on a bigger roll lately than The Cropdusters? It seems the collective of B.A., C.H., Jeb, Taylor and Toad has ridden a wave of success since its CD release show at Lindberg’s in February, winning the GO Music Awards Best Band prize and even traveling around the Midwest to play festivals and open for major touring acts when they come through Springfield. They’ve been marquee acts at big local festivals such as C-Street Jam in the spring and FourFourFest a couple of weeks ago. The group went through some early lineup shifts before settling on its current quintet, but now it appears the band is headed for another change. More after the break.
Q102’s music-meets-fashion contest for local bands called Project Indie is now in its final round, with five bands winning the chance to have official band T-shirts designed and produced by five artists selected by Indie Boutique (320 E. Walnut St., 417-865-5400) and reproduced for sale by the band and in the store. The T-shirt design-off, as it were, takes place this Friday (October 2) at Indie starting at 5 p.m. The store’s customers will vote for the winner among the five, and the prize is the headlining slot at an upcoming Q102 Homegrown show. It could be any one of these five:
The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue–hell, the first time we read it we thought it said “Electafest” and tried to ponder what political ties it might have–but Eclectafest (note the extra “c”) has its musical heart in a good place. The show, booked for Saturday, October 17 at Nathan P. Murphy’s, follows the scene-unifying theme established a few months ago with the Unity show at Remmingonts Downtown. In other words, the lineup is set up to combine groups from a variety of genres to put each crowd of fans in front of the other crowds’ music. The lineup presently consists of The Archimedian Point (rock), The Spacetones (hip hop), The Somewheres (blues) and Moon Rocket Baby (electro/atmospheric). Nice to see a good idea lives on.
We’re still a little stunned to get this bit of news, but it’s true: Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is scheduled to perform at The Shrine Mosque on Sunday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Not only that, it’s more affordable than one might reasonably expect such a show to be at $46 for reserved seating. Tickets go on sale at The Shrine Mosque Auditorium Box Office, by phone at 800-293-5949 or online at Metrotix beginning Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m. We’ll get you more details as they arrive.
It’s been mere months since The Queen City Saints released its album Chorus of the Commoners, so one wouldn’t be surprised to wait awhile to see more new music. But this is not a band that shies away from a cause. To wit, the group just released a new single titled “Hero Of Midway,” a song written about, and in tribute to, American servicemen and women. “It’s about heroism, self sacrifice [sic], and overcoming obstacles that seem daunting to us all,” the band says via its MySpace blog.
All money made from the song will go to The Coming Home Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families in all facets of life when the soldiers return from service, with aid ranging from physical treatments to psychological care and counseling. The band says the song will also be submitted for inclusion on an album to be sold at USO shows overseas. It’s also available for you to buy online; find out more on the band’s MySpace page.
The 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.
Technology is a bitch. We belly-crawled out of bed the day after FourFourFest to bring you the latest episode of Rock Talk with 7 Dollar Stereo chatting up its big Outland Ballroom show Saturday night, as well as previews of last Tuesday’s Future Leaders of the World show at Nathan P. Murphy’s and this Friday’s show with Ha Ha Tonka, Macon Greyson and The Cropdusters at Lindberg’s, but the radio gods (not to be confused with Primitive Radio Gods) intervened. So instead we have the interview with 7 Dollar Stereo, and, well, we’ll pretend like the rest happened, too. Enjoy after the break.