Posts Tagged ‘rock’

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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At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 5

September 20, 2009

This is part 5. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 4

September 20, 2009

This is part 4. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 3

September 20, 2009

This is part 3. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 2

September 20, 2009

This is part 2. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

At the FourFour Fest with Kurtzender, Part 1

September 20, 2009

This is part 1. Thanks for attending, volunteering, playing and watching. If you didn’t get to go this year, watch all the videos and start preparing to rock next year! Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2nd annual FourFour Fest.

The Show Report, 9/5: These are not… the greatest songs in the world… NO! These are just…

September 5, 2009

Tonight Lindberg’s puts on not one but two album-related tribute shows, both of which will be immediately familiar to anyone who grew up on classic rock radio. The night kicks off with a run-through of the Credence Clearwater Revival album Cosmo’s Factory, followed by a performance of The Beatles‘ landmark album Let It Be. It’s a night full of tunes many, if not most, people grew up hearing (both albums have been radio institutions since their releases, both in 1970), performed by a collection of Lindberg’s regulars and band members who come together for one night to put on this unusual, but potentially very popular, show.

Also playing tonight:

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Cuz Chicks Dig ‘Em: scarswillfade returns

September 1, 2009

scarsThere has been a flurry of defunct bands returning to stages in Springfield this year, but when we heard local rock group scarswillfade would be joining that list we were a bit surprised. We hadn’t heard so much as a rumor about the group since its farewell show at The Snorty Horse Saloon oh-so-long ago. Then came an email earlier this week with the announcement, as well as details.

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Future Leaders of the World return September 22

August 27, 2009
Future Leaders of the World singer Phil Taylor

Future Leaders of the World singer Phil Taylor

It’s nice when a touring band makes a point of coming to a stop on its schedule twice in one tour, and such is the case with Future Leaders of the World. When the band reformed in the summer, it made Springfield one of its early destinations with a show in July, and now it’s announced the group will be back for a show Tuesday, September 22 at Nathan P. Murphy’s. It’s another chance for the group to play to what is effectively a home audience, as guitarist Erik McGreevy hails from Springfield and singer Phil Taylor lived and worked in the city for a time and comes back often. The benefit to them is seeing familiar faces and adding another stop as they roll through Missouri; the benefit to you is getting to see a rocking set, as anyone who saw their last Springfield gig at The Outland Ballroom will likely attest (see videos from the show here). Opening will be McGreevy’s hometown band, Formant and another act to be announced. Since this show is on a Tuesday, it will be earlier than normal. Doors at 7:30 with the show starting at 8pm. This show is ALL AGES.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All is change with Holstein

July 31, 2009
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Ben Spaunhorst, left, and Jared Baehr

If you take a look at the MySpace page for local rock group Holstein, you may notice the band’s lineup described as “to be announced at a later date.” Apparently the state of the band’s lineup has been in flux in recent weeks, with bassist Ben Spaunhorst leaving the band to pursue a career in St. Louis and drummer Chris Bivens parting ways over creative differences. The remaining members–Baehr and guitarists Nate Million and Chance Melton–were set to meet and decide the next step recently, but it appears for now as though Baehr will be running Holstein again, at least temporarily, as a solo project.

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?