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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am
Certain commitments known as New Year’s resolutions are commonly concocted around the beginning of a calendar year and generally concern a makeover of the self, often dealing with all kinds of w
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 am
From origins as a college jam band formed at SIU-Carbondale in 2008 of friends drawn together by intellectual and interesting likes, SPREAD continues in a progressive march across the Midwest sharing
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 12:00 am
Me, oh my how the time does fly! Looks like we are into another year of life on Earth for those of us fortunate to be participating.As far as milestones for 2012, I think the best for me was seeing my
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 12:00 am
Combining jazz guitar with Brazilian leanings, percussion beats of a universal nature and American blues harmonica with vocals in the original Portuguese of classic samba and bossa music, Bossa Azul i
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am
As I titled this end-of-the-year column I had no idea that the last two years I had come up with the same catchy words to name my final “Now Playing” of the year. I guess I started a tradi
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 12:00 am
If what the world needs now is another Grateful Dead-style band doing a terrific take on the jam band genre, China Ryder is it. With former and current members of Perfunctory This Band, Brad Beneky (b
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 12:00 am
In 2006 when “Springfield’s beloved indie pop band Resident Genius abruptly imploded at their peak,” The Seething Coast incarnated from the resulting tumult. Guitarists, singers and
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am
I must admit to being rather ignorant of rap and hip-hop music styles. I’ve heard certain artists and felt the influence of the genre in contemporary music, but overall I’ve not listened d
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 12:00 am
The music tandem team of Mark Packenham (bass, backing vocals) and Zac Broaddus (lead guitar, backing vocals) began working together in 2000, spanning a myriad of bands in their journey through the Sp

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