Thursday, June 16, 2005 08:59 pm

An odd pairing and 10 stunning tracks

At first blush, the pairing seems odd: abrasive American indie-rock idol and whimsical French soundtrack doyen. Like horseradish and marzipan, they’re two...
Thursday, June 9, 2005 05:38 pm

Radical departure into the Woods

Being a feminist rock fan is a lot like being a gay Republican — theoretically possible but, in practice, often demeaning. If you insist on living out the oxymoron, be ...
Thursday, June 2, 2005 06:40 am

Gorgeous vocals, nearly naked

No singer/songwriter bums out more beautifully than Aimee Mann. Since her early days fronting ’Til Tuesday, she’s lanced every painful carbuncle on the dark side ...
Thursday, May 26, 2005 09:01 pm

Silly, quirky, and breathtaking

For a band that hasn’t existed as long as the Dubya administration, Head of Femur has carved out quite a dominion. The founding members, vocalist/guitarist Matt Focht, ...
Thursday, May 26, 2005 10:08 am
It’s homecoming night for Kyle Westbrook on Friday, May 27, at Jazz Central Station (700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530) when the Springfield native returns to town as the drummer for ...
Thursday, May 19, 2005 07:47 pm

Disciples of the difficult are back

Few things in life are certain, but it’s safe to say that the Kronos Quartet will never put out a bad album. It’s equally likely that you’d never hear ...
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. ...


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