Polar Bear Saturday’s calendar-o’-music

Polar Bear has been a staple in the array of party holidays in Carbondale for a little more than a decade, and is still going strong. Here is a guide to what is happening on all sides of town this drinking holiday weekend. East Side Pinch Penny/Copper ... Continue Reading →

The Mike Lynch band talks influences, venues and Polar Bear

Since the group’s early formation in 2012 and multiple line-up changes, The Mike Lynch band has been grinding in the Carbondale music scene from large venues to small burger joints. The band’s current line-up consists of guitarist and lead vocalist ... Continue Reading →

‘Whiplash’ is brutal and captivating

“Whiplash” is one of the most decorated films of 2014’s Oscars. It is nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role and Writing an Adapted Screenplay. Being an indie film, these nominations are an incredible feat. While the academy is not ... Continue Reading →

#IDARB is #fun

It all started with a red box. Developer Other Ocean tweeted a picture of red box and asked the people of the Internet what they wanted to see the box become. Some people asked for the game to have a ball. Some asked for robots. Some sick individuals ... Continue Reading →

Fall Out Boy continues to evolve with new album

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the release of “From Under the Cork Tree” and the rise of a dominant force in modern rock, Fall Out Boy. With singles like “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “Dance, Dance,” the band brought the pop-punk ... Continue Reading →

‘Foxcatcher’ wrestles way beyond weightclass

Anyone expecting a feel good sports drama out of “Foxcatcher,” did not see the trailer and will be sorely disappointed. The movie is not “Remember the Titians” or even “Warrior.” It is more of a soul crushing character study, like “Raging ... Continue Reading →

Oscar review part two

Common moviegoers who typically do not understand the process of sound or film editing constantly overlook the mechanics of a film. Many barely understand the duties of a director. Though not as well known, films would not be the same without excellent ... Continue Reading →

Pigs fly into the pit on 17th street

A thin layer of fog fills the banquet hall of Murphysboro’s world famous 17th Street Bar & Grill as the scent of smoked pork and sound of friendly chatter fill the air. The fourth annual Whole Hog Extravaganza/Brisket Bonanza/BBQ MBA is a three-day ... Continue Reading →

Oscar review part one

The Oscars are finally here. While the award show represents what many in the industry consider top tier filmmaking, people always criticize every pick the academy makes. The award show is known for being both a high mark in the industry and for being ... Continue Reading →

Versatile electronic duo Boombox returns to Carbondale

Electronic dance music has been a fruitful genre over the last decade. However, the combination of electronic beats and live instrumentation has just recently emerged as a well-respected style of music. Originating from Muscle Shoals, Al., electronic ... Continue Reading →

Top 10 anticipated games of 2015

Heading into a new year, gamers are rife with excitement and anticipation. A new year means a new slate of video games. Any problems of last year are forgotten with the hope of new games for everyone to spend money on. These are the 10 I can’t wait ... Continue Reading →

‘Annie’ surprises, but ultimately fails

“Tomorrow” has come once again for little orphan Annie. This time around, Annie falls victim to the “Hard Knock Life” of Hollywood remakes. “Annie,” (PG; 118 min) is a musical adaptation directed by Will Gluck and stars Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, ... Continue Reading →
The Big Idea

The Big Idea talks tour, new album

Acoustic folk-rock band The Big Idea has been on the music grind for the past five years, drawing their members from every corner of southeast Missouri, perfecting their groove every step of the way. Based out of Cape Girardeau, Mo., the former acoustic ... Continue Reading →

10 worst movies of 2014

“Gone Girl,” “Boyhood” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” are just some of this year’s films that will permeate greatness through the decades. While those films were brilliant, this was also a disappointing year. The franchising ... Continue Reading →

Roxie Randle continues to bring adult contemporary to winery

Building a musical foundation happens often at an early age, whether through a childhood epiphany or a musical interest passed down from family or friends. Growing up in the eastern Illinois farm town of Hutsonville, country-pop/rock artist Roxie Randle ... Continue Reading →
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