IllinoisTimes - Music http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-42-1-music.html Sat, 23 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Indie rock legends invade Bloomington - Castle Theatre to host New Pornographers and Guided by Voices on consecutive nights http://illinoistimes.com/article-18995-indie-rock-legends-invade-bloomington.html Indie rock legends invade Bloomington - Castle Theatre to host New Pornographers and Guided by Voices on consecutive nights
 Next week, two of the music world’s longest-standing, most influential and consistently popular indie rock bands will be performing at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington on consecutive nights: ...]]>
Art music from the heartland http://illinoistimes.com/article-18752-art-music-from-the-heartland.html Art music from the heartland
 “I’m mostly interested in expanding the palette of sound,” said Chatham-based musician Mark Schwartz, who records under the name Forest Saints. “I don’t really see a distinction betwee...]]>
Boston Concert - Photo gallery http://illinoistimes.com/article-18708-boston-concert.html Boston Concert - Photo gallery
On Tuesday, May 23, American rock group Boston made a stop at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center as part of their 2017 Hyper Space tour. Click through...]]>
Movie magic plus a minor in music http://illinoistimes.com/article-18620-movie-magic-plus-a-minor-in-music.html Movie magic plus a minor in music
 A special concert by the UIS Orchestra this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium will also act as a sort of coming-out party for exciting changes to the university’s music program. “We ar...]]>
Alice being Alice - Cooper delivers at convention center http://illinoistimes.com/article-18576-alice-being-alice.html Alice being Alice - Cooper delivers at convention center
Ringling Brother and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its last performance next month. No matter. There is still Alice Cooper, who is a long way from folding his tent....]]>
The Radon Lounge keeps concerts on the down-low - One person’s unfinished basement is another person’s rock club http://illinoistimes.com/article-18526-the-radon-lounge-keeps-concerts-on-the-down-low.html The Radon Lounge keeps concerts on the down-low - One person’s unfinished basement is another person’s rock club
 One of Springfield’s most consistently exciting and innovative music venues doesn’t even publish its physical address.For the past five years, the Radon Lounge has been hosting an impressive...]]>
Recording studio revamp - Southtown Sound is open and ready to serve Springfield’s musical needs http://illinoistimes.com/article-18546-recording-studio-revamp.html Recording studio revamp - Southtown Sound is open and ready to serve Springfield’s musical needs
 “It’s a great day,” said B.J. Pearce, studio manger of Southtown Sound. “We really have a lot going on for us right now.” The newly renovated recording studio located in the building d...]]>
An orchestra in transition - Music director candidate to conduct “New World Symphony” on Saturday http://illinoistimes.com/article-18189-an-orchestra-in-transition.html An orchestra in transition - Music director candidate to conduct “New World Symphony” on Saturday
 With Saturday’s concert, “American Voices,” the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will complete phase one of this season’s vetting of candidates for the position of new music director for the...]]>
ZZ Top returns to Springfield - Little old band from Texas closes fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-17598-zz-top-returns-to-springfield.html ZZ Top returns to Springfield - Little old band from Texas closes fair
For ZZ Top, Oct. 23, 2013, was, in part, the measuring stick for last Sunday’s grandstand show to close the state fair.It was barely three years ago that the three-same-guys-three-same-chords (just...]]>
Kiss gives it up for Springfield - Fair concert features politicians, nostalgia http://illinoistimes.com/article-17585-kiss-gives-it-up-for-springfield.html Kiss gives it up for Springfield - Fair concert features politicians, nostalgia
 Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder hoisted the two-fingered rock-and-roll salute, the crowd booed at the mention of Gov. Bruce Rauner. And there were also plenty of pyrotechnics and never-gets-old...]]>
Dumb, dumber, Dumb Fest - Despite adversity, music festival set to show off Southtown improvements http://illinoistimes.com/article-17306-dumb-dumber-dumb-fest.html Dumb, dumber, Dumb Fest - Despite adversity, music festival set to show off Southtown improvements
 Kicking off this Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m., Dumb Fest is one of two annual music festivals hosted every summer by the scrappy, consistently ambitious, all-ages punk venue Black Sheep Café, loc...]]>
Eclectic singer stands up against domestic abuse - Charmaine Neville to perform at nonprofit charity event http://illinoistimes.com/article-17308-eclectic-singer-stands-up-against-domestic-abuse.html Eclectic singer stands up against domestic abuse - Charmaine Neville to perform at nonprofit charity event
 Charmaine Neville, a domestic abuse survivor, believes that women who experience domestic abuse do not feel that other people truly understand their situation.“People don’t understand that y...]]>
Spin the black circle - Hold on, Record Store Day is coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-17089-spin-the-black-circle.html Spin the black circle - Hold on, Record Store Day is coming
 Matt Hill, the clerk minding the store recently at Dumb Records on South Grand Avenue, seems a nice enough guy.On a recent afternoon, Hill was playing selections by Scarves, a Seattle band whose...]]>
Mellencamp’s evolution on display at Sangamon Auditorium - Carlene Carter shines as supporting act http://illinoistimes.com/article-17061-mellencamp%25E2%2580%2599s-evolution-on-display-at-sangamon-auditorium.html Mellencamp’s evolution on display at Sangamon Auditorium - Carlene Carter shines as supporting act
“Who wants to go back to doing what they were doing when they were 22 years old?” Mellencamp, now 64, asked last night while prefacing an acoustic version of "Jack and Diane" for a nearly full house at Sangamon Auditorium....]]>
New music releases I happily paid good money for in 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16565-new-music-releases-i-happily-paid-good-money-for-in-2015.html New music releases I happily paid good money for in 2015
 1.Algiers by Algiers 2.Beat the Champ by The Mountain Goats 3.Diet by heCTA 4.Divers by Joanna Newsom 5.Eat Pray Thug by Heems 6.Edge of the Sun by Calexico 7.Eu...]]>
Illinois Symphony’s Russian blockbuster http://illinoistimes.com/article-16202-illinois-symphony%25E2%2580%2599s-russian-blockbuster.html Illinois Symphony’s Russian blockbuster
 Maestro Alastair Willis will conclude his tenure as musical director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2015-2016 season. The infectiously energetic conductor has asked to be r...]]>
Notes from Chicago - Grateful Dead says goodbye http://illinoistimes.com/article-15834-notes-from-chicago.html Notes from Chicago - Grateful Dead says goodbye
The best way, really, to grade the Grateful Dead is by year. I would put Friday’s show on par with a good effort from 1978, not a peak year, but still an era when rabbits got pulled out of hats on a fairly regular basis....]]>
TONIGHT: Free all-star Bedrock show at Bar None - Last-minute Bedrock 66 show promises soaring musical highs http://illinoistimes.com/article-15790-tonight-free-all-star-bedrock-show-at-bar-none.html TONIGHT: Free all-star Bedrock show at Bar None - Last-minute Bedrock 66 show promises soaring musical highs
  Robert Ellis will perform tonight at Bar None FOR FREERobert Ellis's second album Photographs was named one of the top 50 albums of 2011 by American Songwriter magazine.Matt Vasquez's ba...]]>
I was a wedding DJ (sort of) http://illinoistimes.com/article-15761-i-was-a-wedding-dj-%2528sort-of%2529.html I was a wedding DJ (sort of)
  This is nowhere near what it was likeNot long ago, I had the honor of being asked to be the DJ at the wedding reception of some friends. OK, “DJ” might not be the most technically...]]>
Better get on board - The symphony has Lincoln and trains on its mind http://illinoistimes.com/article-15414-better-get-on-board.html Better get on board - The symphony has Lincoln and trains on its mind
 The final concert of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season is happening on Saturday, May 2, as part of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition. “The whole city is going to be gripped by t...]]>
Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15246-mostly-mozart-by-illinois-symphony-orchestra.html Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music
Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premier brand new piece written especially for them....]]>
Triumph, tragedy and Torch Tuesday http://illinoistimes.com/article-15167-triumph-tragedy-and-torch-tuesday.html Triumph, tragedy and Torch Tuesday
 Since 2010, Bar None in downtown Springfield has played host to Torch Tuesday, billed as “the longest running hip-hop open mic in central Illinois.” More than just a showcase for aspiring ta...]]>
New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15153-new-madrid-makes-the-earth-shake.html New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66
 The Bedrock 66 series remains Springfield’s best chance to see unexpected, exciting live music across a wide spectrum of sounds, from bluegrass to power pop to alt country and beyond. This Fri...]]>
Inspirational rap concert in St. Louis - The biracial Run The Jewels played the night of the grand jury decision http://illinoistimes.com/article-14780-inspirational-rap-concert-in-st-louis.html Inspirational rap concert in St. Louis - The biracial Run The Jewels played the night of the grand jury decision
 On Monday, Nov. 24, I was faced with a quandary. Several months back, a friend had gotten us tickets for a nightclub concert scheduled in St. Louis that night by high-profile rap duo Run The Jew...]]>
Experience the power of power pop http://illinoistimes.com/article-14551-experience-the-power-of-power-pop.html Experience the power of power pop
 Paul Collins, who will be performing at Bar None Sunday, Oct. 12, is responsible for some of the catchiest, punchiest songs to never crack the top 20. In 1970s Los Angeles, his first band, The N...]]>
Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier http://illinoistimes.com/article-14552-indian-percussion-%252B-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-third-%253D-iso-season-premier.html Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier
 This Saturday, Oct. 11, marks the premier of the 2014-2015 season of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the third under the auspices of music director Alastair Willis. The enthusiasti...]]>
Steely Dan sounding fresh - Band delivers at state fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-14337-steely-dan-sounding-fresh.html Steely Dan sounding fresh - Band delivers at state fair
If Walter Becker and Donald Fagen know one thing, it is how to hire musicians.The two-man songwriting brain trust that is Steely Dan has built a legacy on a revolving door of top-flight studio players...]]>
Boston plays Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14323-boston-plays-springfield.html Boston plays Springfield
 Those – and there were a substantial number in attendance – who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.It was really cool! They played al...]]>
Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14216-wave-the-flag.html Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun
 After nearly 40 years, Black Flag is still a whole lot of fun.With just one original member, the legendary hardcore punk band from California is, in at least one respect, a shadow of its former...]]>
Lyle Lovett delights http://illinoistimes.com/article-13928-lyle-lovett-delights.html Lyle Lovett delights
 The lack of artistic taste in towns the size of Springfield can never be underestimated. You didn’t have to look further than the empty seats in Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illino...]]>