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The Creepy Crawl will close "sometime in February," according to owner Jeff Parks. The reason: Pyramid Construction purchased the building in which the cozy rock, punk and metal mecca currently resides, at 412 North Tucker Boulevard. Parks says he's been told a cyber-café and possibly a clothing boutique might be in the works for the building. Representatives at Pyramid did not return phone calls requesting comment.
Not to worry, Parks says. He views the closure as a blessing in disguise, an opportunity to relocate his club to more fan-friendly environs. He's cagey about the new location, but assures that a deal is in the works and is scheduled to be completed soon. The new Creepy will hopefully hold about twice as many people as the old Creepy, adds Parks: "The new place will allow us to do bigger shows. There's a bit of a void in the market, and we'll fill that void. We'll be in good shape to get some of those bigger bands."
Double the Creepy Crawl's capacity to 500 or more? A to Z's holiday wish for the St. Louis music scene [see our December 15 dispatch] comes true!
Parks says the schedule shows have been booked through the end of March won't be affected and downtime will be "minimal" for the move.
In other venue news, there appears to be movement in the sale of Frederick's Music Lounge(see A to Z's December 21 musings).
Bar owner Fred Friction declines to get specific other than to say he's "sitting on pins and needles over the whole deal."
Adds Friction: "I told the real estate agent, 'I need to know when to stop ordering liquor, what to tell employees, whether to book entertainment into February.' These things drag out a little bit longer than you'd ever expect them to."
Friction also confirms that his band, the Highway Matrons, is on "an extended hiatus. There hasn't been an official declaration that we're done for," he imparts. "But I definitely want to take a long break."
Though no new studio recordings are imminent, Friction hints of "a whole boxful of cassettes from basement rehearsal sessions" which A to Z is sure many rockers-about-town would love to hear.
A to Z's January 5 round-up of what's in store in 2006 ran out of time and space before we ran out of tidbits. Here's the rest:
Fresh off an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, LaPush guitarist-keyboardist Thom Donovan reports that the moody Britpoppers' tune "Quit You Now" has been featured on MTV's Laguna Beach and will be in the Laguna Beachmovie and on its accompanying soundtrack.
Up-and-coming frosty synthpoppers the Polar Bear Project are hard at work on a debut EP, due in late March. (Check out song samples at myspace.com/thepolarbearproject.) The group is also pairing with locals Say Panther and Dallas' the Secret Handshake for a poptastic night of music on February 27 (venue TBA).
Chilled-out indie rockers Eero will release an EP on Saturday, February 11, at Off Broadway.
According to a MySpace bulletin, SoTheySay are done with their full-length debut for Fearless Records, An Antidote for Irony. Produced by über-hot Matt Squire (he was at the helm for the current emo-buzz band Panic! At the Disco's debut disc), the album is due March 7.
Snappy coed punks That's My Daughterare working with ex-Phonocaptor Jason Hutto at Smokin' Baby Studios on their long-awaited debut EP. Vocalist Sara Oberst promises they'll "have a very X-rated Web site up and running by February."
The Trip Daddys come to Frederick's Music Lounge Saturday, January 14, to celebrate the release of their live DVD, The Trip Daddys Live in St. Louis 2/12/05, which was filmed at the Way Out Club. Bonus features include a photo gallery and a KDHX (88.1 FM) interview.
Catch A to Z in our DJ debut as (natch) DJ A to ZSaturday, January 14, at Lemmons (5800 Gravois Avenue; 314-481-4812). Expect to hear anything from Britpop to synthpop, indie to post-punk all culled from our O.G. ten-gig iPod. Tunes start at 10 p.m.