Posts Tagged ‘Ebbet’s Field’

The Show Report, 8/20: A Fond Farewell by any other name…

August 20, 2009

Imagine this scenario: You’re in a band (woo!), you record your debut album in a day at a very good studio (damn we’re efficient!) and even send it out for some early reviews (free publicity rules!). From there, all hell breaks loose. You discover your band name is shared with another band… in Germany (seriously?!), and that said band just signed a record deal and wants you to vacate its band name (sigh). Then you run into glitches (i.e. money crunch) in the CD release process, meaning the record you recorded in a day took longer to get to the public than some other bands take to record and release theirs (good grief). Such is the plight of Sunrise Cassette, formerly known as A Fond Farewell and presently releasing its album Deal With It with a concert at Nathan P. Murphy’s tonight with openers Anthony Narvaez, Busted Kid and My Politic. Hopefully that puts an end to the twists and turns for a while, though it’s been a mini-soap opera in the meantime, even if it didn’t have brain tumors, evil twins or any of this.  

Also on tonight’s episode of As Your Music Scene Turns:

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The Show Report, 8/13: Off by one day…

August 13, 2009

We narrowly avoided that most dreaded of regularly occurring bad omens: Friday the 13th. Today is Thursday, the 13th of August, putting the curse off course and allowing us to enjoy a broad spectrum of shows free of worry.

We don’t pay attention to that s*** anyway, DeRosh.

Oh, well, neither do I. Who cares if it’s a full moon out? That stuff is for dorks with nothing better to do anyway. (Hides dreamcatcher.) It’s kind of like reading your horoscope, know what I mean? It’s all fake, made-up mumbo-jumbo to get people to spend money and live in fear. (Removes pins from voodoo doll.) What matters tonight is the music anyway, and if you’re looking for some you’re in luck. Peep the lineup after the break.

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The Show Report, 8/6: Welcome Back…

August 6, 2009

Tonight reminds us of the joys of returning to the familiar, with two good examples to back it up:

* Eric Guinn plays his first show back tonight as the bassist for blues-rock group Trash Angels, who themselves are back in a familiar place–The Daily Pub, where they have been playing every Thursday night for years. Look for Guinn to bring out even more of the band’s rocker side.

* The Seed are back at Tonic Ultralounge. Wait, let’s back up a bit… Tonic (next to Big Whiskey’s on Park Central East) has been hosting weekly Thursday-night live music shows all summer, and The Seed’s performance ranks as one of the most memorable. Lance, Thom and Rico are back to give it another go in a spot they haven’t played in a couple of months but were a big hit in last time.

Also on tonight’s docket:

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The Show Report, 8/3: Primer 55, yo

August 3, 2009

Tonight Ozarks Live Productions brings Primer 55 and its unusual mix of rock, punk and hip hop to The Outland Ballroom with openers Extreme Hate Frequency, Six Shots Till Dawn and Fiera. Been a minute since you’re heard news from Primer 55? The band has reportedly been hard at work on a new album since January, tentatively titled The New American Gangsters, which does not have an official release date yet. Fans don’t need to wait to hear new tunes, though, as the band has posted three tracks from the upcoming album (which may or may not keep that working title) on its MySpace page: “Picture Frame,” “Flexin” and “You Can’t F*** With Me.” The last is an interesting sample/reworking of the guitar riff from Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”–not the first (or best) application we’ve heard, but solid and played on their own instruments, which should count for some bonus points. It should rock the house live, though, and that’s exactly what we’re anticipating tonight.

Also on your live music horizon:

* BringYourGreenHat at Ebbets Field

* Shawn Eckels and Marcus Chatman at Coyote’s Adobe Cafe

* Trash Angels at Dennis’ Place

* Sylabol7 DJs at The High Life Live Martini Lounge

The Show Report, 7/30: The Super-sub

July 30, 2009

There are those unusual moments in music where you see a performer play and excel in different context, something unexpected that only serves to increase your respect for the artist. It’s with that feeling in mind that we give a shout-out to Reed Heron, bass player for local rock stalwarts Speakeasy, who fills in on the four-string tonight with blues/rock group Trash Angels at The Daily Pub. The band just played its last official show with current bassist Landon Rolfe and has a week’s wait before its once-and-future bassist, Eric Guinn, takes over. Though it’s a non-issue this weekend since singer Tiffany Rene and guitarist Donnie Ray will be out of town prepping to record the band’s next album, but tonight is Trash Angels’ weekly Daily Pub gig, and the weekly shows are the bread and butter of the band’s schedule. Heron to the rescue, picking up on the band’s songs and jumping into the lineup for a one-night-only gig. No surprise, really, as his work each Wednesday with the improv-hip hop group Urban Legend has no doubt kept up his chops and ability to learn on the fly, not to mention his stint with the other members of Speakeasy as the backing reggae band for former Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs. It should be a good show, and one you’re not likely to see again.

Elsewhere in Springfield’s Music Scene:

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The Show Report, 7/20: Another busy… Monday?!

July 20, 2009

That’s right, it’s Monday and you’re getting another Show Report. The Summer of the Show rolls on with concerts of both the one-night-only and weekly variety awaiting at the end of the day. You just have to make it through a day of work (ugh) to get to them. Consider these the carrot on a stick:

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The Show Report, 7/13: Do you want to destroy my sweater?

July 13, 2009

surfwax_bandAlright, so they’re not playing “The Sweater Song”–at least, it’s not on their list–but Surf Wax America, the Weezer tribute band made up of Ilijah‘s Ryan Spilken, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin‘s Philip Dickey and Jonathan James, Josh Donelson from Jazzercise and solo artist Grace Bentley, will evoke memories of many other Weezer classics tonight at The Outland, paired with Our Cat Philip from Columbus, Ohio. If Rivers Cuomo knew it was going on, he would play with his mustache in approval… we think. Meanwhile, it’s Monday in the Localmusicverse, which means you can see these shows as well:

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The Show Report, 7/9: Blow some candles for Courtney

July 9, 2009
Courtney Love, in one of her better moments. Nothing was beaten, burned, cursed at, urinated on or otherwise damaged or defiled in the making of this photo.

Courtney Love, in one of her better moments. Nothing was beaten, burned, cursed at, urinated on or otherwise damaged or defiled in the making of this photo.

It was brought to our attention earlier today that today is the 45th birthday (yes, you read that correctly) of former (and–maybesoon to be again) Hole frontwoman Courtney Love.

Is Courtney Love from Springfield, DeRosh? I don’t think so. 

Perhaps Ms. Love–or Miss World, if you will–is not herself a native Springfieldian, but any woman with that kind of chutzpah and ability to influence a generations of “riot grrrl” rock chicks is welcome here as far as we’re concerned. Our suggestion: Put on your best baby doll dress, smear lipstick on your face liberally* and head out to some of the following shows:

* We do not necessarily suggest doing this if you’re a guy.

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The Show Report, 7/6: Meet the other bookend. You’d better hold up.

July 6, 2009

MCMB11x17copy-2If you’re anything like us, you needed a moment or twenty to recover from Friday night’s terrific Drop Dead, Gorgeous/He Is Legend/Iseah blowout at The Outland Ballroom. Normally, having a weekend to recover would be fine; instead, this was July 4th weekend, and anyone who partook in a little explosion-filled patriotism Saturday was dragging a** yesterday and today. You’re just hours away from your next Forever Endeavor Productions-fueled wakeup call: Mychildren Mybride, What’s Left Undone, Cast Them Out and Beneath the Empire invade the Ballroom for the other half of FEP’s holiday-weekend concert bookends. MCMB rolls through town fresh from a set at the Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois two days ago, before joining locals What’s Left Undone, CTO (from Branson–no, really, they have hardcore in Branson) and BTE (Springfield). The show promises to be loaded with brute-force energy in spades, so come ready to throw down. You can sleep afterward… till the weekend, if need be. Okay, maybe not. The show begins early, with doors at 7 p.m. and music starting at 8. That should give you time to see some of the following when it’s over:

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The Show Report, 7/2: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

July 2, 2009

It’s not often we see A Fond Farewell on a concert lineup, but tonight the group emerges to play Nathan P. Murphy’s with impressive young singer-songwriters Anthony Narvaez and Blake Anderson. Don’t think the thoughtful songwriting ends with the openers, though; A Fond Farewell knows a thing or two about writing music both clever and catchy. Doors open at the customary 8 p.m.; watch for music to start around 9.

The Fourth of July may be just two days away, but we’re not limping into the holiday weekend musically. There’s plenty to see and hear tonight, including:

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***UPDATED*** The Show Report, 6/11: Punk-tastic, and kinda retro, too

June 11, 2009

What’s going on show-wise in Springfield tonight? Glad you asked:

* Tonight is a night for your inner punk fan, as The Theorist, Red Mouth, Bandit Sound and Rot Gut Glory take over The Outland Ballroom. 

* LemonDrop Records Night at The High Life Live Martini Lounge takes on a slightly retro feel, with guests Reset and The Funkee Apparitionsboth having reunion shows tonight. Reset is LemonDrop co-owner Charlie Rosenbury’s group, while TFA is the previous incarnation of what is now known as The Spacetones. Don’t miss this show if you’re fans of either group; you likely won’t get this chance again.

* The Detectives and The BoogeyMen at The Outland

* We Voyagers, Twelvish Trees and Traveling Salesmen at Nathan P. Murphy’s

* Trash Angels at The Daily Pub

* Gas Pump Talent at Ebbets Field

* Pearl at Tonic Ultralounge

* Art Bentley at Roadhouse Saloon

* Hostile Hippies at Patton Alley Pub

The Show Report, 6/4: The Storyline continues

June 4, 2009

Like sands through the hourglass… wait, that’s a little too soap-opera for this occasion. It’s a big night for Storyline, but not a night for melodrama. Instead, the local power-pop band plays The Outland Ballroom tonight for its CD release party, along with opening act Escape From Maya. (If you haven’t heard the band’s new EP Welcome Home, by the way, it’s quite the enjoyable listen.) The rest of your live-music Thursday, of course, is after the break.

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The Show Report, 6/1: When JV is NOT a demotion

June 1, 2009

JV All-StarsRemember in high school when coach would tell you were on the JV (aka junior varsity) team and you would watch from the sidelines while the varsity players played in The Big Game and got the glory and the girls/guys? Tonight’s show lineup is nothing like that. It will rock more, hurt less and involve fewer jock douchebags. (We would promise none, but you just never know.) Tonight The Outland Ballroom, which knows nothing of douchebaggery, brings you a JV experience more in its own style: Kansas City’s The JV All-Stars, along with Springfield Scene vets Benefit of a Doubt and The Magnificents! This is just Night One of your punk-ska double-shot, as more follows tomorrow night at Lindberg’s, but we’ll tell you more about that later. Tonight be prepared to leap about the Ballroom with aplomb. It all gets rolling extra early, with doors opening around 7 p.m.

There is more than this to your Monday, as you may–or may not–imagine. The first weeknight is enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts, and we’ll outline what’s up after the break. Read and attend… and party like a varsity star.

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The Show Report, 5/21: Alphabet soup, revised

May 21, 2009

alpha_soupWhy alphabet soup, DeRosh? You got something against Alpha-Bits?! You’re so prejudiced…

Well, whether you prefer your food that makes you spell things in breakfast or dinner form, there’s no disputing the number of consonants being tossed around in tonight’s shows. KG (of Acumen) and DJ P (of DJ P) are back in action tonight–one for tonight only, the other every Thursday–and we’re feeling a bit nostalgic as a result. And what’s more nostalgic than food you look forward to playing with more than eating?

We’ll do nothing but look ahead–as far as tonight, anyway–after the break.

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The Show Report, 5/14: Watch out for space goo

May 14, 2009
Hide the children. Or put them in the front row. We really don't know which.

Hide the children. Or put them in the front row. We really don't know which.

GWAR almost defies explanation, but we’re going to attempt it anyway. Take one metal band, add bizarre, half-creature half-space costumes, a ton of props and blood-like oozing substances splattered around onstage and in the crowd and you have the raucous, outlandish mess that is a GWAR show. That mess is coming to Remmingtons Downtown tonight with opening acts Priestess and Cattle Decapitation (yes, that’s a band name), and you’d better be ready. All we’re saying is don’t wear anything you’ve had occasion to wear since 1992. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Local Musicverse:

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