Thursday, June 23, 2005 09:02 pm

Meet the Redwalls

On De Nova, their second album (and major-label debut), the Redwalls deliver ’60s-era blues-based Brit rock with an audacity peculiar to the very young and the not-so-t...
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-...


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