Posts Tagged ‘punk’

The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 5

August 7, 2009

blondesballroomtimmyAhhh… we’ve reached the pinnacle of The Dirty Blondes‘ videography, and this one may be a bit of a keepsake. You know, if videos of the city’s most out-of-control and raunchy punk band can be. Ranald is back with his last installment of our countdown of The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, and you can partake in the fornication-inducing awesomeness after the break.


The Top Five Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 4

August 6, 2009

We’re a little more than 24 hours from the final Dirty Blondes show ever, and that means we’re down (up?) to the fourth installment of singer Ranald Ives Cummings III‘s weeklong countdown of the band’s best video moments. What ridiculous, semi-nude and possibly cross-dressing mischief lies ahead? See after the break.


The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 3

August 5, 2009

RanThe sexy mayhem continues! Yes, Mr. Ives, aka Ran from The Dirty Blondes, is back to walk you through the next installment of his countdown of The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time. Lewd? Yes. Crude? Matter of opinion, but likely. Full of attitude? Hey… this is The Dirty Blondes we’re talking about here. Get Ran’s take on #3 after the break.


I Want My RanTV: The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Parts 1 & 2

August 4, 2009

dirtyblondesoutlandCall us fans of crazy ideas, and especially fans of local-musician enthusiasm.

I can think of a few other things, too…

Geez, someone hasn’t had their morning coffee. Anyway, when we got back from last night’s Primer 55 show at The Outland Ballroom we were greeted with a gem of a brainstorm sitting in our inbox courtesy of Ranald Ives Cummings III. You may know Cummings as the singer for the local punk rock group The Dirty Blondes, and you may also know the Blondes are playing their going-away show this Friday night at The Outland Ballroom with The Disappointments (also playing their last gig/CD release party) and Pilot Whale (who had better not be playing his last gig).

With the big show coming up, Cummings wrote us with the idea of a countdown of the five best Dirty Blondes Videos (aka DBVs; sort of like WMDs only the UN is more likely to find them) with #1 debuting Friday morning. Cummings even wrote them all out. Brilliant, yes? Well, he forgot one important detail: By sending it in overnight Monday, the countdown is set back a day. What’s the fun in playing the best-ever Dirty Blondes vid once the band no longer exists? Not ones to let a good plan go to waste, we’ve decided to get things back on track by giving you the bottom end of the countdown–i.e. the first two videos–on the same day, followed by the last three one at a time and ending on Friday as intended. So who’s ready to see some less-than-fully clothed, sometimes cross-dressing men play libido-infused punk rock?! Ran takes the reigns after the break.


Party like it’s 1978: The Debs reunite for one night only

July 29, 2009
The Debs

The Debs

All-girl rock bands are something of a rarity, though it’s not an idea without some history. Locally we most recently had The Faceshots to hold up as the scene’s resident feminine punksters, but it turns out the band has a foremother in Springfield. In the late ’70s The Debs produced their own take on the poppy, more fun punk style popularized at the time by The Ramones (though apparently swapping the early rock ‘n’ roll influences for more of a mid-’60s girl group overtone) and toured throughout the Midwest at its peak before disbanding. The band sounded like a reflection of its time, slightly nostalgic and fun-loving and appropriately garage-band low-fi without any of the aggression that would become associated with punk with the rise of hardcore.

The local music climate seems right for a reunion, however, with other bands of the era such as Fools Face and The Dog People playing to packed crowds this past winter after some time off.  Now The Debs are back with a show at The Outland Ballroom August 15 to relive old times and give present-day music fans the chance to see how it was done before they came along. Are the late ’70s/early ’80s back in local music?

***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

Lindberg’s unleashes the ’90s bands for old-school night tomorrow

June 1, 2009

The 1990s were a decade that Lindberg’s didn’t really get to take part in. The Commercial-Street bar and rock club closed just as the decade began, depriving residents of the opportunity to pound brews in front of the giant mirrored bar back while the local scene’s slew of favorites from the era put pick to string. Tomorrow night, finally, two worlds will collide. We’ll tell you more after the break.


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.


Kurtzender: Dirty Blondes announce breakup during FourFour Show interview

May 13, 2009

The Dirty Blondes, The Outland,

We just got a call from Kurtzender, host of The FourFour Show, telling us that Dirty Blondes singer Ran Cummings announced his band’s breakup during an interview filmed yesterday for this Friday’s episode. (The band’s MySpace appears to corroborate this.) Kurtzender didn’t elaborate on details regarding the split, but he tells us Cummings came on the show specifically to make the announcement, so we would suspect that the show interview delves into it in more detail. We’ll wait to see what the show turns up Friday morning, and if more details seem needed we’ll get them.

New music from The Reacharounds

May 12, 2009

The ReacharoundsLife is good in the world of local punk-rock group The Reacharounds. It turns out the months of May and June will be very busy ones for the band, with four shows scheduled in that time in Lebanon and Springfield. Meanwhile, the group just released a slew of new tracks onto its MySpace page. Hop on The Internets and rock out!

My Wasted Life back in the studio

May 8, 2009

My Wasted LifeIt’s been under wraps for a while, but My Wasted Life drummer Renton Fallstaff recently mentioned to us that the punk/ska/rock group is in the Close/Far Studio with Jonathan James and Ryan Spilken working on a new record. Details are sparse at the moment, but word is we should see a finished product sometime this summer. A previous attempt to record an album last year never saw the light of day, but according to Fallstaff the band seems much happier with its progress this time around. We eagerly await the results.

From the vaults: Afraid Of Everything, by The Walnut Street Gang

April 27, 2009

wsg-aoe-lgIn the days before The Dirty Blondes, singer Ran Cummings and Tim Miano played in another well-known local punk-rock group known as The Walnut Street Gang. The group disbanded years ago (note the Dirty Blondes myspace address:, but the group’s music lives on courtesy of Moodring Records. The label’s website, dormant since the start of the year, just put up the group’s 2004 EP release Afraid Of Everything, which has been out of print for some time if it ever saw print at all. Put it this way: You won’t find the record anywhere else than by clicking on these colored words. It’s a neat bit of local-music history, and a fitting precursor for the madness that came after.

Believe in what you rage for: Protest-punk show at Blue Room Saturday

April 21, 2009

duaLocal activist who never sleeps Midge Potts created a new politically minded punk group called Dis-/Un-/Anti- not more than a couple months ago, and the group has steadily eased its way into playing shows around Springfield. Its latest outing is Saturday night (4/25)  at The Blue Room at Billiards of Springfield, teaming up with The Dead Pawn, The Rehab Rats, Archimedian Point, The Faceshots and The Many Lives of Duncan Idaho for the show. The cover is a super-cheap $3 and the show begins at 9 p.m. For believers in punk’s role as agitator of the status quo, this will be a show to mark on the calendar.

S-Foil officially on “indefinite hiatus”

March 30, 2009

s-foilIt’s been whispered about for a while now, but today comes official word from local punk outfit S-Foil singer/guitarist Roger Kirchner that the band is on “indefinite hiatus.” As Kirchner explains in a thread on MoRawk, members of the band will be taking time to record and write but the band will not be playing shows any time in the near future. In the meantime, Kirchner says he is actively seeking other bands to contribute to. (If you’re interested, you can find out more details about Kirchner’s band search in the thread.)

Thought not a permanent hiatus, this does bring to a halt one of Springfield’s longer-running music acts; S-Foil has been active in one form or another since 1997. Here’s hoping it’s a pause and not an end.

Mike Ness, this one’s for you

March 10, 2009
"Atom bomb! TNT! New disease! Poor city!" C'mon... ya know it...

"Atom bomb! TNT! New disease! Poor city!" C'mon... ya know it...

As torch carriers for punk rock, we get a little excited when a good punk homage comes together. Remember the Never Mind the Bollocks tribute? Okay, bad example; we weren’t there, but we heard it was awesome. See, the Achilles’ heel of the local punk scene at times is getting word out. Not this time: We’re weeks away–plenty of time–from a tribute to Social Distortion’s Live at the Roxy, a 1998 three-night recording covering material from Mainliner up to White Light, White Heat, White Trash. Nice trip down tattoos-on-the-neck memory lane, eh? Peep the flier and more details after the break.