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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 12:00 am

Wake up to 2007 without a hangover - but wth many happy memories

Untitled Document Don’t get caught stuck to a barstool in lieu of ringing in the new year. The last day of 2006 is a time for changes. Make this year the year you actually remember singing
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 12:00 am

Joanna Newsom’s sophomore effort shows off her narrative powers

The cover art for Joanna Newsom’s sophomore album, Ys (pronounced ees) depicts the folk chanteuse as a Renaissance peasant with a sickle in one hand and a portrait of a butterfly in the other. T
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006 12:00 am

Rapper’s new Kingdom Come doesn't feel like a comeback

It’s difficult to muster up the nerve to throw stones at a guy like Jay-Z. Ever running the rap game, he released a chain of hits, rarely missing a link and never staying off the charts for long
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 12:00 am

John Legend impresses while Gwen Stefani yodels

SINGLES ONLY We’ve stood at the edge of commercial crap with Gwen Stefani before, but with her new single, “Wind It Up,” we have fallen off the cliff. Not only does the Hollaback Gir
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 12:00 am

New novel tells the controversial First Lady’s story

Mary, a new novel by Janis Cooke Newman, gives Mary Todd Lincoln the opportunity to tell her turbulent life story in a voice that rings true to her bold and unconventional persona. There’s no s
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 12:00 am

Springfield author's children's story makes its U.S. stage debut in Tennessee

Originally published in 1970, the children’s book The Orchestra Mice had been out of print for decades when its author, Springfield resident Jacqueline Jackson, got an unexpected phone call. The
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 12:00 am

Sleepy Brown’s Mr. Brown, the Decemberists’ The Crane’s Wife, and J Dilla

SINGLES ONLY Sleepy Brown has the 9-to-5 blues. (We’ll play along.) After a long day of the grind, Brown and Big Boi cut out at 4:59 pm — how scandalous! — and make their way over to
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006 12:00 am

Scissor Sister’s Ta-Dah; Lupe’s Food & Liquor

SINGLES ONLY The flashy Scissor Sisters released their debut in a blaze of glitter and poppy piano parts, but who knew the fabulously retro New York quintet could strike gold twice? The first single,
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 12:00 am

Shows-a-go-go and CD exchange

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! There are rock shows aplenty this week, but fans will have to rack up some mileage to attend them all. Devotees of Built to Spill will undoubtedly release a huge sigh this weekend when
Visual Art
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 12:00 am

Springfield celebrates artist Preston Jackson with a citywide exhibit

His bronze sculptures, monuments, and paintings tell of deep sorrow: the scars of slavery, the sacrifice of immigration, the quiet suffering of women. His art also speaks of hope: the eloquent words o


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