Posts Tagged ‘hardcore’

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.



Major Show Announcement! Parkway Drive Returns October 2nd!!!

July 13, 2009

When we got a text from Dan Magnum at Forever Endeavor Productions, we flipped! Parkway Drive is returning in the same year! Thank God! If you weren’t one of the lucky 300 to cram into the Outland Ballroom the last time Parkway Drive came, then you were one of the couple hundred that got turned away at the door. That show goes down in our minds as one of the best shows this town has seen in a while—best as in, packed body to body, rockin’ and people going nuts the whole time. They’re returning, and with one hell of a band too…


Bassist to play last show with Screwtape Letters

June 29, 2009
Screwtape Letters bassist Derek Dalene

Screwtape Letters bassist Derek Dalene. Photo by Jarreth Hunt Photography.

Summer is the most popular time of year for camping, barbecues, watching baseball–and, apparently, weddings. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve had an emergence of news bits about bands splitting up or changing members due to upcoming nuptials. The latest is local hardcore group Screwtape Letters, which just announced that bassist Derek Dalene will leave the band after its show with Texas In July, An Early Ending, Ripper, The Closure and The Murlesque at The Blue Room at Billiards of Springfield July 10. It appears Dalene and his soon-to-be wife will be moving to Connecticut sometime after the wedding. If you’re a fan of the band, however, take heart; indications are that the group will find a replacement and continue. That said, if you’re a fan of the band in its present configuration, July 10 is the date you need to remember.

Time for your history lesson: The Short Histories of Powerful Nations CD release @ The Warehouse 6/19

June 2, 2009

the-short-histories-of-powerful-nations-the-underground-42509-by-thefourfourcom-springfields-music-blogThank God this show is a little more than two weeks away. We need psych-up time. Lately The Short Histories of Powerful Nations have been putting on some of the most intense concerts we’ve seen in Springfield in quite some time, mixing heavy, fast music with wild, flailing performance art. In short, it’s like watching hardcore on speed and having every band member do his best Jim-Morrison-if-Morrison-played-an-instrument impersonation… with an occasional horn interlude. It’s fantastically chaotic stuff; it also hasn’t been committed to record–until now. The band finally has its EP, A Brief Treatise on Land Ownership Vol. 1, ready for public consumption, and a killer CD release concert ready to roll June 19 to celebrate. We’ll tell you more about it after the break.


Lineup change to Thursday’s Forever the Sickest Kids show

May 19, 2009

WhiteTieAffair85x11Even the best-laid plans must sometimes change, and it appears Forever Endeavor Productions’ show this Thursday with Forever the Sickest Kids. We’ll tell you more after the break.


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 Handshake Murders added to Parkway Drive show April 17

February 3, 2009

handshakemurdersWe were warned when Forever Endeavor Productions’ Parkway Drive show was initially announced that the last slot on the lineup may not get to go to a local act. Sadly, that fear came true. Booking agents gave the spot to Fayetteville hardcore metal act The Handshake Murders, officially closing the door on putting a Springfield band in front of a potentially huge and fanatical crowd.

Okay, enough bellyaching. It’s silver lining time: (more…)

Parkway Drive, Stick To Your Guns and My Children My Bride coming to Outland Ballroom April 17

January 28, 2009

parkwaydrivetourEven we’re a little taken aback by this one. Getting My Children My Bride back for a follow-up show two months after playing Springfield February 24 is pretty cool, but done before–Forever Endeavor scored similar back-to-back shows last year with Murder By Death, for example–but Stick To Your Guns? And Parkway Drive?! Parkway Drive!!! We even break out the rarely used multiple-exclamation point for this. We weren’t in attendace the last time PD came to Springfield, but we’ve heard things… amazing things. This has all the potential of being the hard-rock must-see of 2009. We’ve got a whole lot more about it after the break.


Memories… of the way we were…

January 15, 2009

Note: That is the last time you will read a Barbara Streisand reference on this site. Ever. It’s appropriate here, though, as the Riverfront Times today published an article looking back on the often-forgotten (or, perhaps for some, just blocked out) hardcore punk scene alive in the Ozarks in the early and mid-’90s. For those of us going to shows at the time, it’s a fascinating trip down memory lane. For anyone who got into local showgoing later, it’s a demonstration of how much the music scene has softened and become more accessible. Either way, it’s worth a post here, in our opinion. Thanks to the open-eyed gang at MoRawk for pointing it out.

Read the full article here.

The rumor mill is hot today….A Springfield must-see is no more

August 15, 2008

So a few little birdies has spread some word our way that a major player in the local music scene has broken up. Find out who….(this one is gonna hurt)