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Mood Ring Circus, Luna J. at The Riff

Two robust bands with strong followings — Mood Ring Circus and Luna J. — should generate some heat on this deep-freeze Saturday (1/13) at The Riff. The combination brings tasty contrasts: Mood Ring for expansive rock and Luna J. for … Continue reading

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Newly expanded, The Riff starts making some noise

The Riff at Classic Rock Coffee Co. looked somewhat like a grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 6, with three bands on the marquee, a packed parking lot and buzz among the folks inside. The only thing missing was special hoopla. … Continue reading

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This is the dividing line, right here

What is above this post is a blog celebrating the local music of Springfield, Mo. ———————————————- Below this post are excerpts from a bunch my freelance pieces, placed here mainly to show would-be clients what I could do. Although that … Continue reading

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New Boris Yeltsin CD — ‘Distortion can be very pretty’

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, May 29, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Celebrating a decade of congenial indie pop recordings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is releasing an album that strives to … Continue reading

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As girls’ rock camp expands, eight bands to play benefit

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, May 22, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Ever since Nora Powell took part in last year’s inaugural Queen City Rock Camp, she’s been fired up for this year’s … Continue reading

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Blues festival seeks ‘the lift up, the saving grace’

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Xxxx XX, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Blues musicians often face authenticity tests: what they play, how they play it, and, in some cases, what they endure. Gauged … Continue reading

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Listening to the Hillbenders, you’ll see the music

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, May 8, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Who could have predicted that the best-received album by the Hillbenders would not only be one that they have not yet … Continue reading

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Festival to benefit Traveling Vietnam Memorial event

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, May 1, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. (Jamie) Holdren and Sista Lucille’s lead singer, Kimberly Dill, outlined challenges veterans face with housing, employment, health care and mental-health care. … Continue reading

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Vultures have wide-ranging tastes in music

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, April 24, 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. For most of the past half-decade, four versatile and seasoned musicians had been hovering around the idea of forming a band. … Continue reading

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Professors and Maryann to perform at Cartoons Friday

Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, April 17 2015 This content cannot be reproduced without permission of the News-Leader. Like many bands, the Professors and Maryann got started in high school. Most of the players had musical skills, and one … Continue reading

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