‘Days of Gold’ tour keeps summertime vibe alive

BY RAN VAN DUSEN TUPELO – In part of his stage banter, Jake Owen told a crowd of approximately 5,000 fans Thursday night that summer wasn’t over yet. As the cool breeze of autumn was gently blowing in outside, Owen kept that summer vibe alive inside of the BancorpSouth Arena with a performance that can.. read more →

Punk 101

Earlier this week, I spoke to Ginny Miller’s Journalism 101 class at Tupelo High School. I talked about how important it is to be fair when you’re writing about your favorite or your least-favorite band. I said I think it’s a good idea for music writers to have a healthy respect for all styles of.. read more →

Album leak: ‘All Together Now’ by Better Than Ezra

BY RAY VAN DUSEN Used to, in our younger days, a Better Than Ezra release would constitute a series of road trips to truly soak it in while making memories with the 13 or so tracks on continuous loops. Thanks to an online first listen six days before the Tuesday release of the New Orleans.. read more →

Sam Riggs & the Night People ready to rock Blue Canoe

  BY SHEENA BARNETT Sam Riggs loves to tell a good story. His stories come with a side of twang, as he and his band, the Night People, plan to take over Nashville by storm. The band’s latest album, “Outrun the Sun,” was released in October and has won heaps of praise from country fans.. read more →

Nichols ready for Elvis Festival

TUPELO – Life is, for Joe Nichols, like his hit song, “Sunny and 75.” His latest album, “Crickets,” is a hit with fans and critics alike, and he’s been on the road both solo and with country superstars Lady Antebellum. To top it all off, he and his wife just welcomed a newborn, and he’s.. read more →

Ingram Hill added to Elvis fest line-up

Fairpark Concert Lineup is completed with Addition of Ingram Hill TUPELO, Miss- The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association continues to make additions to the celebration of the 16th anniversary of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, which will be held June 5-8, 2014.  The Fairpark entertainment lineup has developed into a high energy and exciting festival. Earlier.. read more →

Pop culture round-up: Any ‘Orphan Black’ fans out there?

I’ve written about my love for the BBC America thriller “Orphan Black” before, but that was months ago. The show was pretty heavily hyped up ahead of the season two premiere on Saturday night, so I’m curious: has anyone in North Mississippi checked it out? Are there any “Orphan Black” fans out there besides me?.. read more →

RIP, Album Alley

News broke yesterday that Tupelo’s oldest record store, Album Alley, is closing. I can’t tell you how many albums I bought there… 15 years ago. I download all of my music purchases these days. In fact, I try to keep my music purchases to a budget: I’m an emusic.com subscriber, and I can usually buy.. read more →

Pop culture round-up: ‘Pacific Rim,’ Jay-Z, more

My pop culture landscape was a little barren there for a minute, but then awesome movies and albums and songs were released, and – hallelujah. Here’s what I’m into right now: “Pacific Rim” – if you read my column today, you know I love this movie. There’s not much more to it besides giant robots.. 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 →