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Thursday, May 19, 2005 03:37 am
In Springfield, beer gardens are like the famed Midwest morel mushrooms: they’re hard to find, pop up in the spring, and become no good when it gets too hot outside. Drop by th...
Thursday, May 12, 2005 07:50 am
The Forty-Niner Bye-Bye (518 Bruns Lane, 787-4937) has a long and storied past in Springfield bar history. Now new owners are celebrating the next chapter in the colorful tale of the his...
Thursday, May 12, 2005 12:13 pm

Master mumbler makes magnificent music

Will Johnson is the indie-rock equivalent of Joyce Carol Oates, cranking out a seemingly endless supply of songs for his various musical personae: cerebral head-...
Thursday, May 12, 2005 09:01 pm
The last time Marita Brake played Springfield was in 1967, and the location was the Something Else Coffeehouse, located in an old brownstone on the northeast corner of Fourth and Capitol. ...
Thursday, May 5, 2005 05:53 pm

Moving from fear to forgiveness

Since releasing his first cassette in 1991, John Darnielle, a singer/songwriter who records as the Mountain Goats, has authored more than 400 songs, most of which are better than any nu...
Thursday, May 5, 2005 09:02 am
Direct from the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” comes Austin’s roots-music darling Elizabeth McQueen for a one-night stand at Underground City Tavern ...
Thursday, April 28, 2005 11:02 am
The anticipation is over, and the 2005 Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup is out. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, our Illinois leader and proud owner of a score of 18 on the ACT, claims the fai...
Thursday, April 28, 2005 05:25 am

Crooked, creaky, cobbled-together optimism

A paraplegic since 1983 and an acclaimed singer/songwriter since 1988, when he was Officially Discovered by Michael Stipe, Vic Chesnutt has enjoyed a long, proli...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 10:10 am

This apple didn’t fall far from the tree

It’s a shame that Martha Wainwright is blessed with such hypeworthy DNA. There are many other interesting, even important things to say about the Brooklyn...
Thursday, April 21, 2005 04:34 am
Fans of contemporary rock and metal should be thrilled about this Low as I Friday night show at Viele’s Planet (126 E. Jefferson St., 525-9029). The local group recently toured bri...

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