‘Boyhood’ is a Masterpiece

Richard Linklater has had an odd filmmaking career. At times he is an indie darling, making acclaimed films like “Slacker,” “Before Sunrise” and “A Scanner Darkly.” At other times, he makes very mediocre commercial films like “School of ... Continue Reading →

The Mudsills: Bringing the Blues Through Southern Illinois

When describing the blues genre of music, musical legend B.B King once said, “The Blues? It’s the mother of American music. That’s what it is – the source.” Music today likes to incorporate small pieces of the blues style like scales and note ... Continue Reading →

Chicago’s The Heard talk funk, venues, balance and new material

Based in Chicago and playing at venues such as the Congress Theater and Metro, funk band The Heard has been combining early funkadelic styles and upbeat jams for several years. The group consists of a horn section, including Adam Gross on trombone, Parris ... Continue Reading →
Derrek Humphrey, of Sturgis, Ky., takes a break Wednesday from setting up a carnival ride at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. Humphrey has earned the nickname ‘Monkey’ because he
climbs on top of rides. The Du Quoin State Fair starts Aug. 22 with the theme “Love a Fair: Since 1923.”
Ian Mullen • Daily Egyptian

Guide to this year’s Du Quoin State Fair

The smell of funnel cake creeps over the land, attracting people far and wide. Engines growl as demolition derby cars smash into each other with violent force. Screams echo as people spin in every direction on their conquest for thrill and adrenaline. There ... Continue Reading →
Genie Schropp, also known as Vinyl Vixen, of Makanda, runs the afternoon show ‘Independent Worm Hole’ Tuesday on WDBX-FM 91.1. Schropp has been with
the station for nine years after a hiatus from her college broadcasting career. “It’s kind of like I’m reliving my dream,” Schropp said. WDBX has been in operation
since 1996 and relies on community support to stay on the air. WDBX is trying to fundraise $20,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and listener donations to keep
the station running.
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Community radio station needs help to survive

WDBX 91.1 FM has been broadcasting in Carbondale since 1996, but in a day when many people stream music online, the local community station is working to stay on the air. Last week the station appealled to the community, asking for $20,000 to help the ... Continue Reading →

‘The Giver’ has nothing to give

Sometimes, Hollywood can be a broken jukebox. It will occasional play something new and everyone will sigh in relief at something different, something fresh. But for the most part, it seems to be stuck on one song that plays over and over and over. One ... Continue Reading →

Third time’s the charm for ‘Expendables’ series

Occasionally a movie comes along that cannot be fairly reviewed like every other movie. To even compare it to normal movies would be like comparing a child’s math skills to the math skills of someone in college. These movies tend to be so bad, so dumb, ... Continue Reading →

Summer releases offer a cure for student stress

Summer is over. It is time for students to get back to the grueling schedule of everyday academia. What better way to alleviate the stress than with music? Most students suffer from stress at some point but do not fear, there is a cure! The remedy is ... Continue Reading →

‘Cops’ fail to serve, protect and entertain

Lethal Weapon. Bad Boys 1 and 2. Beverly Hills Cop. These are all famous examples of buddy cop movies. Buddy cop movies are a staple in the action movie genre and for a time, they seemed to be the most popular genre out there. People could not go to ... Continue Reading →

Greenberg’s passenger pigeons tell a deeper tale

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of the last known, living passenger pigeon. The bird, Martha, resided at the Cincinnati Zoo until her death on Sept. 1, 1914. She was part of the once abundant breed, originating in Europe and eventually ... Continue Reading →

‘Wish I Was Here’ not all there

Director Zach Braff has a thing for indie music. He populated his 2004 film “Garden State” with hipster-cred pieces, and his new movie “Wish I Was Here” (Rated R; 106 Min.) demonstrates that preference a little too well. The soundtrack’s first ... Continue Reading →
The Rose Hotel gazebo looks out onto the Ohio River, where Illinois and Kentucky meet. The structure was built in 1882 by the original architect James McFarlands son, James Junior after additionall renovations to the property were completed in the years prior. The gazebo is free for the public to visit and can also be rented to hold events, such as weddings.

Rose Hotel home to more than just guests

In a quaint village along the Ohio River, the Rose Hotel does not stand out of the background, until the graves in the backyard come into view. Prior to being closed in 1967, the hotel had been the longest continually operating hotel in the state. Now ... Continue Reading →

‘Begin Again’ renews the summer movie

The music movie is dead. At least it was, until about a week ago. It seemed as if after June’s “Jersey Boys” Broadway-turned-movie dud Hollywood was a far cry from the Academy Award winning music biopics earlier in the ‘00s, films like “Ray” ... Continue Reading →

Planet of the apes never transcends monkey business

This summer has been full of ridiculous images on screen. Magneto dropping a baseball stadium on the White House in “X-Men.” An alien vessel dropping a ship on Optimus Prime in “Transformers.” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Rated PG-13; ... Continue Reading →

Trekking the treble notes

Trekkies and Mozart fans alike will find enjoyment in this year’s 10th annual Southern Illinois Music Festival. The festival offers more than 36 performances with an array of shows including operas, ballets, orchestras, chamber music, choral music and ... Continue Reading →
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