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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
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am
For whatever reason, Springfield likes having the blues, at least when it comes to seeing bands that play the genre. And this month, just in time to thwart any possible pre-holiday, lowdown blue feeli
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 12:00 am
With the full intent of blending Irish and American folk music in song, Mark Butler (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Don Wright (vocals, five-string banjo), Mark Hudson (vocals, upright bass) and Katie He
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am
Most of the live music shows held at the University of Illinois Springfield, our still growing, four-year institution of higher learning on the southern outskirts of Springfield’s civilized worl
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 12:00 am
Hailing from our neighboring city of Decatur, The Great Waltz calls its music “aggressive folk,” and began with Matt Skinner writing songs in his basement. The rest of the band, Josh Dimmi

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