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Young Eyes Record Release!

12 Mar

Our next show on April 1st is going to be a Young Eyes record release party! We’re so excited to be once again hosting Brian Lee and the gang as they’re definitely one of the best when it comes to central Illinois indie rock.

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The Young Eyes

Ever since falling in love with their previous band Brian Lee & His Orchestra, we’ve been huge fans of whatever these guys do. However, once it was announced the Orchestra was morphing into a new kind of band, we were a bit worried. We really liked the current thing and didn’t like seeing it go away. Fortunately the Young Eyes are fantastic! The new sound has a  vintage timelessness to it that at the same time sounds modern and fresh. Due to the band’s business outside of being a band, it’s a bit difficult to actually see them perform, so make sure you don’t miss your chance this time around.

Also on the ticket is another local indie icon, Kirk Donley. Kirk is a veteran in the scene as he’s performed in quite a few bands, and is currently half of the Dandelion Pickers. When not playing shows, Kirk and his wife also give music lessons. If you’re someone looking to learn a thing or two, they’re the people to see.

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Kirk Donley

We’re also excited to once again host local springfield rockers Stereo Static. Their last appearance was at last year’s Horse Show and they have been playing shows around town since.

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Stereo Static

Outside of music, we’ll be displaying visual art by Immanuel Ahiable. Last show we experimented with a small art gallery format for Amanda Greive and it worked out really well. It was a challenge to figure out how to do this right in a dimly lit basement but it worked out so well that we’re excited to make this a regular thing. Immanuel will be showing some original paintings and maybe even video!

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Immanuel Ahiable

Check out the show on facebook here, hope to see you there!

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Next show, March 5th!

15 Feb

Are we already talking about the 3rd show of 2017? I guess this is happening. This year has been so great, we’ve been receiving so much love from our local community and it feels better than ever to keep putting on these events.

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This March we’ll be hosting Edward + Jane from Chattanooga, TN. We’ve been trying to get this band in for a bit and just haven’t been able to get the scheduling to work out. We’re glad this is finally happening and what timing! They’re recently released single from their new album is just killer! We can’t wait to hear their indie folk/americana family band style reminiscent to the Oh Hellos. They will be arriving as a 7 piece band so get ready for a nice big full sound and something really great!

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Back for their 2nd Radon show is Alex and the XO’s. Some folks may remember this band from Bloomington, IL when they opened for the Strumbellas here at the Radon Lounge a few years back. It’s certainly been a while and this band has been churning out plenty of new music since then. They still have their interesting take on mandolin and ukulele coupled with styles reminiscent of the 90s alternative scene. Can’t wait to hang with them again.

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Playing their first Radon show and perhaps first show ever is Kneller. Folks have probably noticed Blaine Kneller hanging at Radon shows lately and other Radon events, we’re looking forward to seeing his band. Nothing is posted online yet, so you’ll just have to come listen to them here.

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Keeping with our new focus on community collaboration, we’re excited to be hosting local painter Amanda Greive at this event. We were honored to use one of her original images for the poster for event. Her hyper realistic paintings defy our senses and we really just wanted to get her to bring her stuff here so we can find out once and for all how she manages to pull off these unique works of art. We will be displaying some of her original works at this show.

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Also as a part of this event, we’ve got local Springfield treasure Yanni’s Gyros providing FREE BAKLAVA to the guests of this event. We can’t believe how generous they are to be supporting what we’re doing in such a cool way. Everyone needs to eat there and thank them for being such cool community collaborators!

So we’ve got 3 full bands, an amazing visual artist and a local restaurant all rolled up into one great event. Don’t forget there’s also the free arcade and coffee, hope you can make it!

Facebook event here

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Big Indie show, Oct 1st

25 Sep

Real big quality indie show happening this Saturday, October 1st. Two tours are colliding in our basement. Cubits and The Mailboxes are roaming the states together. You may recognize a member of Cubits from Fairfield, IA as being none other than Mr Nasti himself. This is Nicholas’ latest setup with a really nice electronic wiz bang band. Since this is  a brand new band, there isn’t much recorded yet, but be prepared for something tasty and good. Here’s what’s out there so far.

It’s also nice having Tennessee band Mailboxes back with their Regina Spektor-ish vibes. Jillian has been busy writing new material and this band is certainly showing many emotional sides. We’re excited to have their energy back in the basement.

On tour from from the other direction is Chicago based band Campdogzz. This band appears to be on the move, and who knows where they’ll be going from here. We’re really excited to add them to an already stellar lineup. Although typically a duo, they are going all out with a 6 piece band, we expect it’s going to be ridiculously good. Of their list of bands that inspire them, Cat Power certainly stands out to us in their music. Check out their album, it’s been on rotation on our playlist for quite some time.

Skunkworks are the only local Springfield act on the lineup. We’re really excited about this band. They came out of nowhere this year and got the judges vote a the battle of the bands and have definitely caught our eye as the best new indie in town. If you like bands like Radiohead, Tame Impala, and Death Cab, then you’ll definitely want to catch this.

Also as an extra treat for this show, we’ll be serving breakfast cereal along with our usual coffee and free arcade. A show this sweet needs to go with a sweet bowl of cereal.

Get on the show and invite your friends! a show like this doesn’t come to town often

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Next Radon Lounge Show, May 7

17 Apr

We just had a really great Open Mic and are continuing our plans the Horse Show on June 18. But today we want to talk about our next Radon Lounge show on May 7.

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We’re really excited to bring The Young Eyes, from Greenville, IL, a new band featuring members of Brian Lee & His Orchestra. You might remember us squeeing like little school girls in the past over Brian Lee, so you can have no doubt we’re excited about this new band.

Also on the show are The Locals, a Springfield band who have definitely become a common name to see popping up on Radon shows. They started on the scene by winning Black Sheep’s battle of the bands and last year won the Illinois Time’s pick for best underage band. They’re definitely just as rad as ever.

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, also of Springfield, are back from last November’s open mic. They just finished recording an EP and even have a tour under their belt. We’re excited to see where this band goes from here.

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Feb 13 Radon Show!

3 Feb

In less than 2 weeks we’re having another Radon Lounge show. This time it’s packed full of the best of Springfield’s folk and Americana flavored bands.

The Hollow Ends (St Louis, MO) is fleeting tempos, pounding drums and a distorted hollow-body guitar, focusing the energy and function of punk and rock through the lens of roots/Americana
Amy Benton is our local country sweatheart. She works hard around town and has opened all kinds of big city country/roots/americana acts passing through. This will be her first time in the basement, trading that fresh country air for the magical ionizing radiation we all know and love.
The Deep Hollow are also stopping in tonight. These guys are pretty much a Springfield supergroup of talented, harmonizing folk. They’ve recently won the American Songwriter 30th Anniversary Song Contest and are working on a new album.
Also on this show is Arlin Peebles of The Studio Show. When he’s not hosting Springfield’s hottest new talk show, he’s strumming guitar and singing tunes.
Rumor has it The Studio Show may be here to record some bits for their really great locally produced talk show. We’re a big fan of this project that showcases local creative talent.
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Radon Show, Jan 23 2016

6 Jan

Our first 2016 show is announced. We hope you can make it out to the basement on 1/23 to see Extravision from Des Moines, IA and Springfield dreamhearts Fel Fae, Yogi Beara, and Andy Hoff.

4 great bands plus free coffee, free candy, and free arcade games! You probably couldn’t find a better deal.

Check out music from Extravision!

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November Show Announcement!

18 Oct

The Johnny Case Cover night is a week from now! We’re also excited to be hosting a super chill musical evening with touring musician folks Lauryn Peacock and Rusty Vining on November 8th. Local Radon vet David Lasley will be opening the show. We’ll talk more about this show later on, but just wanted to make sure you knew it was coming.

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Check out the Facebook event for more info.