It’s gonna be May

Back with the Radon Lounge was a wee lil baby, we hosted this band called Listener and folks drove from all around to see. It was our first full house show.

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Now 5 years later we’re doing it again! It’s been great getting to know these guys over the years between sets of Red Sweater Lullaby, that Christmas show, and AudioFeed. Listener is coming back on May 16th and there’s rumblings about a new album in the works. If you haven’t had a chance yet, this is your best chance to hear the world’s best talk music.

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Also on the show is Jeff Williams of the local legendary punk band NIL8. Jeff will be playing solo for this show as well as doubling as our featured visual artist.

This will also be the first performance of brand new band Layers, who is Aubrey Puyear (Honey/Suck) and Bloo Parks (Pryss).

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Also during the show, enjoy snacks from Milk & Honey Fresh Market, our favorite downtown Springfield grocer.

Hope to see you! Here’s the facebook event. This may be our last basement show until the fall as we’ll be busy with AudioFeed and taking time for family trips this summer.

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This October, Cash Cover Night!

October 25th will be our next show, and it will be a cover night! These things are getting very popular as folks enjoy coming out and playing songs by their music heros. So far we have covered Bob Dylan and the Beatles. Cash seemed the obvious next step.

If you want to perform, be sure to sign up ASAP, as spots are filling up. Go on over to the facebook event page for more details.

The Cash Cover Night has a free cover. We also would really appreciate your donations as we’re hoping to do some sound and ambiance upgrades to the Radon over the next year, but don’t have the budget to do it.

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Be sure to check out our schedule page to see the dates and lineups for the other upcoming shows!

Christmas Exploded

It was everywhere, there’s no getting the Christmas out of these clothes.

It was a legendary evening with so many fun happenings on literally multiple levels. People playing video games over a projector in the 2nd floor dormer. People munching on foods and chillin’ by the fire in the living room. People winning some sweet vinyl.

And of course the bands. Aaron Lee Martin and his 30 strings did a great job bringing the “sad bastard church music”, and Jess of Von Strantz ending the evening. Von Strantz was made up of local volunteers to create a band that was half Lovecow, 1 part oboe, and 1 part Jess Strantz. It was an amazing evening!

Here’s a wild cell phone clip of that madness!

Very soon we will be posting the first few 2014 shows!

Shows and more Shows

We’re almost in the middle of November, the year will quickly be over, but not before we host 3 more awesome shows!

This Saturday, November 16th, we’re doing something a little different. We have 3 bands lined and a gyro bar from Ayappas international Cuisine and it’s all FREE!

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One of our favorite music finds of the summer will be playing this show, FILMLOOM. If you like Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, or the Soil and the Sun, you’ll definitely like them. Filmloom is a dynamic experimental/ folktronic outfit from the mitten state. They create music that is meant to be experienced; like a film. Their Debut EP: “L i m i t” was self-released through Bandcamp on may 24, 2013, but is now available on iTunes, Amazon mp3, and most of the large online music retailers.

MAYHEW THE TRAITOR from Champaign, IL will also be performing for the second time at the Radon Lounge with their special style of indie rock. Also performing will be JESSICA KNIGHT of Looming fame. Jessica will be playing acoustic and chances are you’ll hear some acoustic Looming.

Be sure to check out more about this show on the facebook event page!

After this, we have Karen Koenig performing on Nov 23rd and our big Christmas Explosion party on Dec 14th!

Check out those and other shows we are working on by clicking the shows page of this website.

Show Coming Up!

Hey folks, we have a really fun summer show comin’ right atcha this Sunday, July 14th!

First off we wanted to tell you about Lowder.

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If you’ve been living under a rock in Springfield, you might not know Josie Lowder is probably the best female blues singer in Springfield, and was a contestant on American Idol. She will be performing with her brother Bo and other really talented musicians in her band formally known as the Josie Lowder Band, recently shortened to Lowder. They will bring you the perfect blend of Psychadelic, Rock, RNB, Funk, Reggae, Jazz, and Tribal styles.  Be sure to lookup Lowder on facebook!

laplandgrassSandwiched in the middle of the show between two of Springfield’s best rock ‘n roll bands is Lapland. Those who remember our show with Lucius and Tall Tall Trees will be delighted to know that Lapland, or Josh Mease is another member of that Brooklyn, NY scene. Josh Mease has received praise from many note worthy purveyor’s of fine music such as the New York Times, Paste Magazine, and NPR’s All Songs Considered. Bringing the Wanderland to the land of Lincoln Josh has always found comfort in the solitude of his own thoughts, often preferring the landscapes within his mind’s eye over the bustle of the city that surrounds him. So it seems fitting that in making Lapland’s self-titled debut, he worked alone using whatever was within reach – only rarely using other musicians. Josh Mease has received praise from many note worthy purveyor’s of fine music such as the New York Times, Paste Magazine, and NPR’s All Songs Considered.

You can learn more about Lapland, and listen to their tunes here.

big stormOpening the show is local Springfield feel good band Big Storm. Fronted by the legendary Brandon Carnes, and filled out by some of the hardest working musicians in the local scene, Big Storm can barely contain the energy bursting forth. Inspirations for Big Storm include Jellyfish, fun, The Format, Queen, and Pinkerton. You definitely don’t want arrive late and miss these guys.

 

During this show you’ll get to see the new look of the Radon stage for the first time. Also we’ll be peddling frozen treats and ice coffee, and we’ll even have some local artists with their work for sale. Check out the facebook event and bring your friends! Shows can only work if folks come to see them, maybe why they’re call shows?

As mentioned before, this is the last regular Radon Lounge show until September. We’re taking a break, but we already have shows in the works for the fall!

This Weekend’s Headliner

So back in January when we were putting this show together, all we were set on was landing a date with this magnificent band we’re about to talk about, we didn’t realize it was also going to be Record store day and another particular day. We encourage you to celebrate Record Store Day. If you want to celebrate that other day, don’t do it at the Radon.

So what magnificent band are we talking about, why Analecta of course!

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a three piece post-rock experimental band from south bend, indiana

Sometime last year a Radon Lounge fan clued us into what Analecta was doing over at the Cornerstone Music Fest. Analecta has been a favorite over at Cornerstone the last few years as well as a bastion of the South Bend music scene and is reaching out. Analecta is a 3 piece post-rock experimental post rock band, really reminds us of Explosions in the Sky and just generally being awesome. These guys are actually going to make a lot of changes in the coming weeks, with both lineup and setlists, this will be one of the first shows with their new sound, so you better freak out and get excited!

Check out their bandcamp page and listen to their old tunes (frame of reference), and like them on facebook, and come out on April 20th with your face melting face!

Analecta also just collaborated with Trouper (played our last show!), and Keyoung, you can also check that out on their bandcamp!

Anxiety

Used to when we thought of anxiety, we thought about a mental disorder, or just a brief state of being. Now we think of Lovecow

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Will Cody get through the song without freezing up? Is Kristin running off stage? Is Ryan going to finally get through that melodica solo? Will Mitch and Will stay in rhythm? The anxiety just rolls off the stage in waves. Just kidding, these guys can really play. Lovecow is Springfield’s premier folk punk band. If you’ve never heard them before, you’ll probably be amazed at their clever arrangements and lyrics. They’ll especially surprise you with what they can do with no amplification. They play a wide range of instruments including stand-up bass, melodica, guitar, and banjolele. Rumor is they’re adding instruments to their new songs, so if you’ve seen them before, you’ll be in for a treat on April 20th. Lovecow has also just released their first EP, which all physical copies have hand painted covers.

Make sure to check out Lovecow’s fresh new recordings on bandcamp Like them and write creepy messages to them on facebook and COME SEE THEM AT THE RADON LOUNGE APRIL 20th

Be Prepared

We have a big show coming up this Saturday, lots of cool stuff will be happening, lots of face melting.

We want to talk about each band this week as we wanted to make sure you knew what you are getting yourself into.

Today, we’re going to focus on The Traditional, from Buffalo, NY.

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We’ll admit that we don’t know a lot about this band. They are on tour with Analecta and they are definitely high energy, reminds us of Anberlin or if you’ve been following the local scene: Up In Arms, Kickstart, or With You In Mind. They describe their sound as “dark, but authentic and heartfelt brand of emo infused indie rock”. We would say they definitely have their own sound, and you should especially check out their single “You Can’t Rebuild Forever” on spotify, bandcamp, amazon, and itunes. They are certainly coming a long way to be here and will be the first band from the state of New York to appear at the Radon Lounge, although looking at the next show, this seems to be the hip new thing. Be sure to check out their facebook page, and their bandcamp, and as we mentioned, you can find their music just about everywhere.

We hope you can come see them this Saturday April 20th, right here at the Radon Lounge! Check out the facebook event for more info!

Going to SXSW this year

Hi, this is Jeff, owner of the Radon. I used to write super long posts in past blogs, this is one of them.

I wanted to talk about my upcoming trip to SXSW with Cat, the lovely Radon Wife. For those of you who don’t know what SXSW is, this is the festival of festivals, and it’s located in Austin, TX.

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We actually have family in Austin, TX, and once every few years we travel down to see them, and like back in 2009, it just happens to occur during the second week of SXSW. I don’t know all the particulars of what SXSW is, but I have a gist.

SXSW (South by Southwest) is massive, and I’m only focusing on the music part. There is also an indie movie fest, electronics expo, and a whole bunch of other things that happen under the SXSW umbrella. I only have a few days, and music is what’s more important to me anyway. SXSW gets bigger every year, and more and more established as the place where bands get discovered. I listen to some music podcasts when I’m at work, and they all say SXSW is the beginning of festival season. This is when bands get discovered, and then by the following year these bands will be playing all the big festivals, Grammy nominations, etc.

However, there are like 1-2 thousand bands officially or unofficially taking part in the fest and the place is crawling with industry people. Tons of reporters, photographers, critics, it’s a complete mass of humanity. In some ways its like walking down the Strip in Vegas as someone who likes to gamble and every casino looks huge, interesting and inviting, that’s what walking down 6th street in Austin during SXSW is like, only much bigger… I suppose I could think of myself as an industry person now, but I don’t think house show venue owners count.

I mentioned I went in 2009, and it was utter bliss. I had no idea what I was doing, so I staked out one lineup of bands in one venue each night and we showed up 2 hours early to make sure we got in. It seemed to work well, there wasn’t a show I couldn’t get into, so this year I’m going to be a little more up for adventure, but at the same time, things seem to be more exclusive. It seems that all the big buzz shows require $750 badges to even have a chance of entering (anything dealing with NPR for example). I suppose it’s the price to pay for success.

When we were there in 09, the idea of hipsterism was still evolving. Shutter Shades were cool, the blog about what white people like was still updated regularly, and everyone thought my Pug shirt was awesome. This year, I have no idea what to expect. The whole hipster thing seems to have played out, I think people will be trying a lot less to be cool…

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We got to see some good stuff when I was there in 09. I got to see my favorite band at the time, Anathallo, which was great as they broke up soon after (not great, please come back!).

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We also got to see a Scottish showcase that included a very silly band called Dananananaykroyd, The Proclaimers (they sang that song from the 80s), Camera Obscura, and We Were Promised Jetpacks (they opened the show, before they were cool).

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We also got to see a Sub Pop showcase that included Blitzen Trapper and the Handsome Furs, and even accidentally found a day party where Passion Pit was playing (also before they were cool). And last and not least I got to stand in line with Annie Clark from St. Vincent. She is a very tiny person (but plays guitar like a robot god!).

I have to say that I’m a little less excited about going this year. I’ve been focusing so much on this Radon thing for the last year, that I really haven’t been paying attention to what’s “cool”. I feel like I have lost the star struckness I’ve held for musicians, and am more concerned with their authentication. Now it seems the music I get most excited about is music performed by someone I know.

However, I have found some shows that look pretty great. I only have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to attend the fest, so I’m going to use my time wisely. I don’t have an expensive fancy schmancy badge, so I have to be nimble. Wednesday I’m going to hit up the Paste Magazine day party where The Lone Bellow, Dawes, Foxygen, and the Shout Out Louds are playing among other equally great bands. I think that’s by far going to be the best lineup. The rest of Wednesday night we’ll just wander around and take it all in.

Thursday I plan to hang out with our new acquaintances from The Soil and The Sun (hopefully will blossom into romance, but probably not) for a showcase including them and a bunch of other bands I haven’t heard of, but will probably soon like. Toward the end of that showcase we’ll hop over to a different venue to hopefully catch Local Natives.

Friday, our last day, we’ll be checking out an electronic showcase with one of our Radonette’s favorite bands, Small Black, along with some other great stuff, including the Joy Formidable, and then at the end of that evening we hope to catch Kimya Dawson (of Juno soundtrack fame).

I will be surprised if all these plans work out, but if at least half of them do, I think we’re going to have a great time. I’ll be sure to send out updates on how each day went. Chances are I’ll be too tired to blog about it at the time, but I’ll catch up eventually. Someone should give you an award for reading this whole thing, and if you know of a SXSW band we should check out, be sure to let us know! I know some of you will say Dignan, but they seem to only be playing Saturday and we’ll be having to drive home that day.

I suppose I felt the need to write this, as my experiences in SXSW in 2009 showed me how much life music breathes into a place. Austin is electrifying during this time, so much culture, it completely overwhelms you to the point where you’ve never felt more alive. I hope that the Radon can snatch some of this joy for Springfield. We’ll see what the future will bring!

The Soil & The Sun Show Poster!

Nothing says legit like a show poster, so here is the one for our next show!

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Be sure check out this show on our Shows page, along with all other upcoming shows! (and show placeholders) If you still don’t know anything about The Soil and The Sun, I’m not sure why you’re reading this. Go ahead and watch this video, you’ll be fine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcDkZSVJmW0