Music News from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Scene Now Blog with Sheena Barnett

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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McCartney wows at FedEx Forum

I thought I was ready, but I wasn’t. I came into tickets to Sir Paul McCartney’s show at the FedEx Forum in Memphis just a few days before the show, so I was an anxious ball of surprised and excited. I’m a huge Beatles fan, and I couldn’t imagine hearing some of my favorite songs […]

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Pistol Annies show off with ‘Annie Up’

There’s Pistol Annies, and then there’s everybody else. No one else in mainstream country is making music as honest, smart and fun as this band. The Annies, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, created a wonderful debut, “Hell on Heels,” but the band’s newest, “Annie Up,” is even better. The sassy […]

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‘American Idol’ – are you still watching?

In my pop culture round-up, I can’t believe I forgot to mention the crowning of a new “American Idol” champ, Candice Glover. Glover was my pick to win from the start. I love her powerful voice and her sure stage presence. But the question is, did anybody watch, really? The show’s ratings are declining, and […]

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Pop culture round-up

The past month or so has been pretty crazy for me, in good and bad ways. I haven’t had much of a chance to update my beloved Scene Now blog, but hopefully I’ll get this old blog up and swinging in no time. Til then, let’s discuss what pop culture I’ve loved and hated, and […]

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So my favorite band has broken up

I guess that, as an entertainment writer, people expect me to say my favorite band is The Beatles (it probably is), or some pretentious Band No One’s Heard Of Yet, or some weird band that everyone “respects” but no one actually likes. And I love my holy trinity (The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Jeff […]

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Juber extras

I have a story running in Thursday’s Daily Journal about the upcoming Laurence Juber concert, set for Friday at the Link Centre as a part of its Monthly Music Mix series. There’s not much Juber hasn’t done: he was in Paul McCartney’s Wings, he’s won two Grammys and he’s created music for a host of […]

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Jimbo Mathus drops video filmed in Tupelo

Jimbo Mathus’ new album is “White Buffalo,” and there’s a song on that album about Tukota, the white buffalo that lived at the Tupelo Buffalo Park. He even filmed the video at the buffalo park. He just released the it – it’s very Jimbo-y! Click here to see Jimbo’s “White Buffalo” video.

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