Give in to the inevitable, Frozen Fever is coming

Parents, rejoice. For too long have your wallets been noticeably more full and the music in your car considerably less annoying? All that will change in a few weeks when Disney will sneak-attack the onslaught that is “Frozen Fever” to unsuspecting patrons ahead of the release of the new “Cinderella” remake. The seven-minute short not […]

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Of mice and measles

After having spent the last week at Walt Disney World, I’ve been greeted with a lot of, “You didn’t bring anything home with you, did you?”  No, you’re thinking of the other happiest place on Earth. Or, at least it was. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is facing an outbreak of measles cases, which has spread […]

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New Kid In Town

I appreciate the vague entrance presented by Scott Morris. I know all three of you have been looking forward to this announcement. Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Derek Russell. Nobody? Nobody at all? No problem. We will drudge forth. The short of it: I’m the new arts and entertainment […]

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Sheena has left the building

It’s transition time here at the Journal. Check in the coming weeks to hear from our new entertainment reporter. (Clue: Longtime SceneNow blog watchers have heard from him before.)

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My Jamberry challenge – UPDATE!

Day seven: If I’d painted my nails seven days ago, I’d have repainted them after two or three days. The nail polish is looking pretty awful right now. The Jamberry wraps, meanwhile, still look great, but I am noticing today they are becoming much more loose around the edges than in previous days, so it’s back to […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What’s your favorite ghost story?

Every creature has its day. Vampires were hot (well, you know what I mean) for a while. Then zombies were fashionable. Werewolves were cool if you didn’t want to be too obvious about your monster obsession. Now mermaids are the new It Creature. I’ll always love vampires, but my favorite creature will always be ghosts. […]

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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 […]

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