Jason Isbell’s highly-acclaimed solo release “Southeastern”

by Ray Van Dusen Monroe County Journal Just looking at the simple cover of Jason Isbell’s highly-acclaimed solo release, “Southeastern,” my mind flashes back to a time when Phil Collins’ face, name and album title were all you saw on the cover. Once those songs hit the airwaves, they were hits paving a different path.. read more →

‘Killjoys’ a must-read for MCR fans

My Chemical Romance is gone, but its stories live on. MCR was a fabulous storytelling rock band, whether it was through songs, albums or music videos. The band’s last album, “The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” told the story of four rebels, the Killjoys, who battled the evil empire of Battery City and Better.. read more →

Why The World Isn’t Ready For Superman

Editor’s note: This “Man of Steel” review is written by one of the biggest Superman fans in Northeast Mississippi, Derek Russell. He’s the creator and host of a Superman-related podcast, and he’s written for DC Comics. by Derek Russell “…I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down.. read more →

Symphony needs singers for patriotic concert

The North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is performing at Tupelo’s July 4 celebrations in Fairpark, and it needs singers for its community chorus. The performance is 8 p.m. July 4, and there will be four rehearsals at West Jackson Street Baptist Church. The rehearsals are 7 p.m. June 27 and July 1-2, with a dress rehearsal.. read more →

Board meeting round-up

Two board meetings, one board meeting round-up post… Coliseum Commission – 6/17 The commission discussed how financially well the conference center has done in its first year of being a part of the BancorpSouth Arena. According to Kim Hanna, the conference center is doing “a little better” than breaking even, but there are still some.. read more →

‘Man of Steel’ – what did you think?

Alright, Superman fans: what’s your verdict? I saw “Man of Steel” twice this weekend, and I enjoyed it both times. Granted, I’m not the most ultimate incredible Superman fan in the world, but I love the character and his story. I adored Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Kal-El, Clark Kent and Superman; I loved Amy Adams’.. read more →

Superman’s score

THOSE DRUMS. I’ve spent a few days with the “Man of Steel” score, and every time I listen to it, that’s my biggest impression: THOSE DRUMS. So many tracks on score to the new Superman movie, which opens Friday, feature those powerful drums – so loud, so dramatic, you can imagine the action accompany the.. read more →

Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival is almost here…

This year’s Tupelo Elvis Presley Festival kicks off tomorrow, and it’s a weekend full of music. There are plenty of Elvis tribute artist concerts and competitions. Cowboy Mouth headlines the Fairpark concerts on Friday, and Montgomery Gentry headlines on Saturday. There will also be a 5k, pet parade and more – check Thursday’s Daily Journal.. read more →

‘NOS4A2’ really scared me: a Joe Hill appreciation post

I just finished Joe Hill’s latest novel, “NOS4A2,” and I hope there will be a glowing review in next Sunday’s Daily Journal. I’ve told everyone I know to read this book, but I want to say more: don’t just read this one book by Joe Hill. Read ALL THE BOOKS by Joe Hill. Yes, yes,.. read more →